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Puppy School

Congratulations on your new puppy!

Raising and training a puppy is so much fun. However, it also comes with some unique challenges.

Your puppy will grow very quickly and needs to learn a lot in a very short space of time, if he or she is to grow into a happy and confident, well-behaved dog.

The best way to set your puppy up for success is to enrol into puppy school, with a well-structured puppy training program, provided by a Certified Puppy Class Instructor.

Our Puppy School offers training classes based on your puppy's age and developmental needs:

PUPPY CLASS I - 4-Week Puppy Pre-School for puppies aged between 8 and 16 weeks old.

PUPPY CLASS II - 4-Week Puppy Class for puppies aged between 5 and 12 months old.

PUPPY CLASS I
$ 199

  per 4-week course

Puppies 8 - 16 weeks

Small group: 6 puppies

4x 1h sessions

4 consecutive Sundays

Class notes & digital certificate

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PUPPY CLASS II
$ 199

  per 4-week course

Puppies 5 - 12 months

Small group: 6 puppies

4x 1h sessions

4 consecutive Sundays

Class notes & digital certificate

 

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Puppy Readiness
$ 249

2h session

Puppies 8 weeks to 12 months

At your home or a chosen location

Customised dog training program: new puppy home setup, fast track toilet training, puppy biting, basic training...

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PUPPY CLASS I

Puppy Pre-School for puppies aged between 8 and 16 weeks old.

What You Will Learn

Over 4 weeks you will learn:

  • How puppies learn and communicate.
  • How to socialise your puppy safely and effectively.
  • Teach your puppy - The BIG 4: sit, down, come when called, loose leash walking
  • How to teach your puppy real life skills AND how to apply them in the real world.
  • Strategies to prevent or change unwanted behaviour.

Course Fees & Inclusions

The upfront course fee is $199.00 and includes:

  • Weekly follow-up emails with your "Puppy Class I Course Notes", including exercise videos.
  • SUPER BONUS! PUPPY PLAY DATES
  • FREE - phone and email support for all our Puppy Class Graduates*, up until puppy's 1st Birthday! * Conditions apply: Your puppy has attended all 4 sessions of our puppy class and has shown clear progress from week to week.

Enquiries & Enrolment

Option 1: Click the Enrol Now button below to book your puppy's spot using our online form.

Option 2: Call Radica on 0423 623 302 or email woof@mindful.dog

Prerequisites

Your puppy is between 8 and 16 weeks old at the start of class, and has had his/her 1st puppy vaccination (C3), at least 1 week prior to commencing puppy class. You will be requested to present a copy of your puppy's vaccination certificate prior to entering the class room. You also have the option to email us a copy in advance.

When & Where

Our 4-week puppy classes run for approx. 1 hour, on 4 consecutive Sundays.
Location: Paw Republic: 47 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, NSW 2065 (directions).

Upcoming dates: PUPPY SCHOOL

What To Bring

  • Your puppy's VACCINATION CERTIFICATE. (Present prior to entering the class room, or email us a copy in advance.)
  • A regular, flat buckle collar and a regular, fabric leash (no flexi or bungy leashes please).
  • Your puppy's favourite soft treats (tiny pieces), in a doggy treat pouch.
  • Your puppy's favourite chew toy.
  • Your puppy's doggy poo bags.

Puppy Class I learnings program

PUPPY CLASS I: Week by Week Overview

Please note that weekly activities may vary, depending on group dynamics or urgent needs (e.g. a fearful puppy might require more individual attention during class).

Session1

FOCUS: Puppy Priorities

A lot of theory during this first session, which provides a great opportunity for our puppies to learn to settle and be rewarded for calm behaviour. During your puppy's first week at home, keep their world small. Use confinement appropriately to prevent your puppy from making mistakes around the house. Focus your efforts on teaching puppy your house-rules and helping your puppy make sense of the world. And, of course, continue developing a healthy, happy relationship with your puppy.

Our main focus will be on the time-sensitive puppy priorities and relationship building:

  • "Where can I go toilet?" - Fast-track your puppy's toilet training, with this stress-free and mess-free approach.
  • "Teach me to be careful with my teeth" - How to effectively teach bite inhibition, in order to raise a safe dog.
  • "Help me make sense of the world" - Sensible and safe early puppy socialisation, is aimed at preventing behaviour issues. Puppies have big feelings and can easily overreact to things. Learn how to shape your puppy's perception, to develop real confidence and calmness.
  • "What can I chew?" - Chew-toy training to develop good habits and a positive outlook on life, as well as to prevent problem barking.
  • "Teach me to chill out when you leave." - Confinement training to prepare puppy for inevitable separation, to cultivate calmness and self-settling, and to prevent puppy from making mistakes around the house.
  • "Teach me what TO DO". - Management and training to prevent/change undesired behaviours, and to teach puppy basic tricks (Sit, Down, Stand) - Mark the Moment.

Session2

FOCUS: "Come When Called" (Recall)

We're diving straight into training this week: teaching the all-important "Come" when called. Creating more value for you and developing that magical, invisible force-field of proximity. We'll also be introducing more basic dog training concepts and handling practice, to enable you to progress your puppy's training at home.

  • "Whenever you call, I'll come running."
  • "I love to come close and sit in front of you."
  • "I love it when you grab my collar!"
  • "I love to play Hide & Seek with you."

Session3

FOCUS: Loose Leash Walking

Enjoying time outdoors with your puppy dog is the best! By now most of our puppies will have received their 2nd vaccination. Now your puppy absolutely needs to get out and about, if you want your puppy to benefit from early puppy socialisation, in order to prevent problem behaviours from developing in the future. That's why we'll be introducing "Loose Leash Walking" and "Stay" today. And,... just for fun, we'll throw in "The Big Challenge": Can you call your puppy away from food?

  • "I will come away from food - a primary resource - whenever you call me."
  • "Show me what to do, and I will follow you." - fun obstacle course
  • "Paying attention to you, is the best!"
  • Loose leash walking and leash handling practice.
  • Can you "Stay"?

Session4

FOCUS: Real Life Skills & Graduation

A fun way to celebrate and practice everything our puppies have learnt so far: a fancy dress party! Yes, let's all wear something fun and quirky, or perhaps a bit "scary"... and give the best puppy socialisation bash ever!

  • "I can disengage from distractions." - Show your puppy that you don’t think it’s important enough to warrant a response (social referencing).
  • "I can see a person and another dog without over-reacting." - Develop quiet confidence. A hyper puppy is not a happy puppy.
  • "I can leave that alone." - Introduce a "leave" cue, to help puppy make better choices.
  • "I can make good choices… and it’s worth my while, because you notice." - Mark and reinforce every good choice your puppy makes, in order to develop and maintain these good habits.
  • "I can deal with frustration and challenging situations." - Develop a love for delayed gratification.

PUPPY CLASS II

Puppy Class for puppies aged between 5 and 12 months old.

What You Will Learn

Over 4 weeks you will learn:

  • How to take your puppy training to the next level: off leash reliability.
  • How continue socialising your puppy safely and effectively during your puppy's adolescence.
  • Teach your puppy to pay attention to you and focus, even amidst distractions.
  • Strategies to change bad habits and survive the dreaded teenage puppy period.

Course Fees & Inclusions

The upfront course fee is $199.00 and includes:

  • Weekly follow-up emails with your "Puppy Class II Course Notes" and homework.
  • FREE phone and email support for all our Puppy Class Graduates*, up until puppy's 1st Birthday! * Conditions apply: Your puppy has attended all 4 sessions of our puppy class and has shown clear progress from week to week.

Enquiries & Enrolment

Option 1: Click the Enrol Now button below to book your puppy's spot using our online form.

Option 2: Call Radica on 0423 623 302 or email woof@mindful.dog

Prerequisites

Your puppy has graduated from our Puppy Class I, and:

  • is between 5 and 12 months old at the start of class,
  • has had all his/her 3 puppy vaccinations (C5),
  • is well-socialised (not fearful / aggressive / excessive barking towards unfamiliar dogs or people)
Please note:
This group class is not a socialisation class and NOT SUITABLE for reactive dogs. A private training session would be a more appropriate option. Please contact us to discuss.

When & Where

Our 4-week Puppy Class II runs for approx. 1 hour, on 4 consecutive Sundays.
Location: Paw Republic: 47 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, NSW 2065 (directions)

Upcoming dates: PUPPY SCHOOL
Small class size (max. 6 puppies) = Limited availability!

What To Bring

  • A regular, flat buckle collar and a regular, fabric leash (no flexi or bungy leashes please).
  • Your puppy's favourite soft treats (tiny pieces), in a doggy treat pouch (no plastic zip-lock bags please).
  • Your puppy's favourite chew toy.
  • Your puppy's doggy poo bags.

Puppy Class II learnings program

PUPPY CLASS II: Week by Week Overview

Please note that weekly activities may vary, depending on group dynamics or urgent needs.

Session1

FOCUS: Bungee Boundary - There Is Freedom On The Other Side Of Self-Discipline.

Does it seem like puppy has forgotten everything you have patiently tried to teach so far? Is your teenage puppy ignoring you completely unless you have a piece of food in your hand? This week we'll introduce the boundary or "Place" game, in order to teach our puppy to choose their station/bed over distractions. This skill goes well beyond "Stay". The exercise develops much better self-control and calmness, by replacing frustration with anticipation and delayed gratification.

  • Capture & Shape - Mark the Moment
  • Stillness
  • Anticipation & Delayed Gratification
  • Bungee Boundary

Session2

FOCUS: Loose Leash Walking in the Real World!

At this age our puppies are usually pretty well-behaved at home. They know the house rules by now, are toilet trained, and we have developed some basic common language cues. However, taking puppy out for a walk can still be a huge challenge. So many distractions!!! This week our entire focus is progressing our puppy's loose leash walking skills, so we can enjoy our outings and go more places together.

  • Disengage
  • Perception
  • Position
  • Pace

Session3

FOCUS: Leash off = Game on!

What is the ultimate goal or vision of a well trained dog? Off leash reliability at a distance without the need for any kind of training equipment or bribe? Training games are the best way to teach your dog new tricks and skills. Can you make it happen and have fun together? Yes you can!

  • Grow Goodwill
  • Orientation - You are the reward!
  • Middle - Boundary on the move.
  • Musical Chairs Challenge

Session4

FOCUS: Expand Your Puppy’s Skillset - The Useful Helper

Dogs are an incredible species. They have super senses and are capable of so much more than we can possibly imagine. Our family pet dogs might seem to have an easy life, but easy can quickly become dreadfully boring... How can we jazz it up a bit? How can we teach them to be more useful around the house for example? Teaching our dogs simple tricks can go a long way to enrich their lives and provide them with a range of fun behaviours they can offer in exchange for what they want or need. Let's empower our dogs with some practical skills and turn them into our little handy helper.

  • Pick a Trick
  • Click & Shape
  • Chaining
  • Can You Game

Puppy Class Benefits

Key benefits of a group Puppy Class vs. private, in home Puppy Training:

Early puppy socialisation:
a "behavioural vaccination"

Did you know more dogs are put to sleep each year because of behaviour problems rather than due to health reasons? Group puppy classes, as opposed to private puppy training, offer a perfect set-up for early puppy socialisation exercises. A safe and controlled environment for your puppy to have lots of positive experiences; especially when meeting different puppies and people. Unless you plan to throw regular "puppy parties" at home, it will be difficult for you to match this major benefit of group classes.

Decoding dog body language:
real live action!

There's no better way to learn how dogs communicate, than by watching your puppy interact with other puppies. You'll learn to spot the lip lick, the look-away, the shake off, etc.

Is this normal puppy behaviour?

Meeting other puppy parents and having the opportunity to share experiences and solutions, can give you a much needed boost of confidence. Especially, if you've been dealing with some vexing puppy problems.

Social learning:
learning by observation.

Dogs, just like us humans, are social animals. We both have the capacity to learn from observation. E.g. When your puppy sees other puppies getting food treats or attention for being nice and calm, or doing basic obedience tricks; he or she will quickly deduce that these behaviour are "valuable" and could also work to their advantage...