Puppy School is free at Lynbrook Vet !
At Lynbrook Vet we are passionate about fostering a positive and enjoyable relationship between our clients and their dogs. For a lot of our clients that have puppies, this process needs to start soon after they get their new puppy home. The first 16 weeks in a puppy’s life are critically important to his or her development and help determine the kind of dog they will become. We believe so strongly in this that we offer our puppy school program free of charge.
During this period every experience the puppy has, everything he or she smells and tastes, everyone they meet and how this initial meeting goes and every misdeed they get away with produces neuronal connections that makes the puppy who they are and who they will become.
Most puppies are obtained by their owners around eight weeks of age which leaves the owner about eight further weeks to help give the puppy all the right experiences to help them become a well-adjusted member of the family and society at large.
A well-designed puppy school program provides the owners with all the tools and know how to provide the right experiences and training to their puppies during the critical initial 16-week period and set them up for success. The puppy school program at Lynbrook Vet is based on five key aspects.
Socialisation – This is time sensitive and aims to provide the puppy with experiences that will allow them to successfully adapt to living in a home and a community as part of a human family.
Prevention – This is also time sensitive and aims to prevent the development of common behavioural problems such as aggression around food and misbehaviour around children etc. The idea is to be proactive and prevent the development of such behaviours that might make the puppy or dog an undesirable member of the family.
Games – We use games to help develop a puppy’s confidence and to lead to appropriate behaviours.
Obedience – We go through basic obedience training such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ which feeds into other aspects of puppy training.
House training – Finally, we also talk about how to toilet train your puppy so that once again we set them up for success and help them become an enjoyable member of the family.
The program also provides our new puppy owners with information about nutrition, parasite control, vaccinations, de-sexing and basic first aid. Graduating puppies and their families are also treated to a tour of the vet clinic so they can become comfortable and familiar with behind the scenes.
We want our puppies to succeed and we want the bond between them and their new owners to be loving and strong. One of the cornerstones of this bond is a well-adjusted dog that conforms to the expectations of society. This process begins in the first 16 weeks.
Don’t let this golden opportunity slip away. If you have a puppy and they are under 16 weeks, enrol in our puppy school and let us show you how best to set him or her up for success in your family. To hold your puppy’s place in our program a deposit of $100.00 is payable. This is fully refundable as credit on your account on completion of the 4-week course. This credit can be used for any veterinary services with us like vaccinations, consultations or de-sexing. We also request that all puppies attending have had at least their first vaccination (proof of vaccination is required at class 1 to ensure the safety of all puppies attending). We look forward to welcoming you and your newest member of the family very soon!