We are fortunate to have some of the most experienced dog trainers in South Africa run our puppy school. Classes are on a Thursday evening at the Greenside Animal Hospital from 17:00 to 17:45 and 18:00 to 18:45.

Vera Drummond and Julia Davies have collectively trained dogs for over 40 years. Not only has Vera won the National Obedience Championships with her own dogs, but she also presents master classes for dog trainers throughout Southern Africa. Does this mean we would like your puppy to become a national champion? By no means, but we do believe that a well-socialised dog becomes a wonderful member of the family and of society. Therefore, puppy socialisation forms the cornerstone of a long and meaningful relationship between owner and dog and other animals. Lay the proper foundation for a happy relationship between you and your dog by starting with puppy socialisation classes at eight weeks old and build from there.

We strongly encourage all clients who acquire new puppies to bring them to puppy socialisation for at least three months from eight weeks of age. Initially, puppy training involves nothing more than ‘playschool’ where the puppies can play and interact with other puppies of similar ages. As time progresses, basic commands are taught and owners are educated and trained as much as the dogs themselves by teaching owners to understand the dogs’ natural pack instincts and behaviour.

To find out more about the puppy school, call Julia on 083 367 6649.

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