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Just as we are expected to behave appropriately, we also need to make sure our puppies understand how to behave in different situations and environments so they are able to grow up into friendly, well-behaved and confident adult dogs.

During the first few months of their life, your puppy can form up to 90% of their attitudes towards people, other animals and the environment. This is why it’s so essential to socialise your puppy properly - it’s much easier to mould your puppy to be a good, happy citizen in the first place than it is to reverse unmanageable and undesirable behaviour in an adult dog.

These classes are designed to provide your puppy with the necessary life-skills for them to act in an acceptable manner.
They will help your dog to understand and respect you as the leader and assist in teaching you how to change and mould the behaviour of your growing puppy. The classes will also provide you with an insight into the incredibly interesting world of behavioural psychology. They also provide...


Classes are made up of 4 - 8 puppies and their owners, so your puppy will experience a safe and positive environment which will include different people and dog breeds. Classes are kept small so as to be manageable and to make sure that each person and puppy can make the most of what’s on offer.

Basic Training

A wide variety of basic commands are taught using positive reinforcement. Being able to train your dog yourself means that you can continue to teach them to behave to your expectations outside of classes - and it can be a lot of fun!

Introduction to the vet clinic

The classes are designed to be fun, which helps your puppy to associate vet clinics with positive experiences. Hopefully after their classes, they’ll be bounding in the doors for their future visits!

Education on puppy nutrition and general health care
Including how to feed and exercise, parasite control, toileting and basic first aid.

Fully Interactive

The classes are designed for you to learn as much as possible, which means we actively encourage lots of questions and discussion!


This course is sponsored by Hills, as well as a number of other animal health suppliers. You will receive plenty of free treats and samples - all designed to help you take the best care of your puppy.

How old should my puppy be and what do I need to bring?

Your puppy should be between 8 to 14 weeks and ONLY NEEDS TO HAVE HAD THEIR FIRST VACCINATION. This is for their safety, as well as that of the other puppies on the course.

Your puppy should wear a collar and be on a lead - no choker chains please.
Please don’t feed your puppy before class. Puppies like to sleep after a meal, and they need to be awake and hungry for the training treats we have on offer!
If your puppy has a favourite toy or treat, it may be worth bringing these along with you as well.

When and where are the puppy classes held?

Classes are held at our Waipukurau and Hastings clinics and last for around an hour each. Classes are held in the evenings, and each course lasts for 3 - 4 weeks - dates and times differ, so please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

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