Puppy Courses

Baby Puppy Visit 'n' Play (Pre-school)












Puppies are so cute, cuddly & funny and...

... they have sharp little needles for teeth;

... they eat your house;

... they destroy your best clothes;

... they wee or poo just wherever they feel like it!


... it only takes a very few months ... and

         ... they are much bigger

         ... they are not quite so cute and cuddly

         ... they get to places you wouldn't dream about

         ... they can knock you over with one friendly jump!


Don't let it happen - enroll in Puppy Visit 'n' Play!


As soon as you get your new puppy.


With Tails Up at your own place as well as Bong Bong Vet Clinic in Bowral.


Fill in the form below or phone 0447 665 200

So, how does Puppy Visit 'n' Play work?

I will visit you & your pup twice during the program. And as soon as I have another pup about the same size and age as yours, I will set up play sessions at Bong Bong Vet Clinic where it is safe to put your puppy down. There will be 4 play sessions.

Here’s how the visits will work.

  • As soon as you call me to say you are about to welcome your new baby puppy into your home (or have just done so), I will make an appointment to visit you & your puppy at your home.

  • In my first visit, I will help you with:

    • House training your pup;

    • Getting you pup to focus on you as the most important thing in its life;

    • What you can do if your pup does things you don’t want – things like nipping people and eating your house as well as all your best clothes.

  • I will also take you through many activities it is safe to do with your pup before its vaccination kicks in. These activities will not only be safe but really advisable for the development of your pup’s personality.

  • On the other visit, I will work on more socialization skill as well as:

    • Getting your pup to come to you when you call;

    • Getting you pup used to walking nicely on a lead; and

    • Show you a number of ways of training the actual behaviours you want your pup to have. For example, sit, drop (to the floor and relax), down (from furniture, people, etc), wait and a few tricks your pup will enjoy learning.

Here’s how the play groups will work:

  • Each session will last for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Each one will consist of several lots of free play between the pups. While they are playing we will be:

    • Learning the best way to introduce the pups to prevent stress;

    • Observing their body language to learn what is good, happy play and what is not;

    • Observing their different play actions and learning what each action is saying;

    • Learning when play is becoming too rough for one of the pups and how to intervene.

  • In between play sessions, we will do these activities:

    • Getting the pups to relax and pay less attention to each other; and

    • Doing some practical lead work.

What if there are no puppy programs running when I get my new puppy?

This doesn't matter - I will visit you within a few days of you telling me that you have your puppy. This will get you started on the right foot immediately. You will be able to start toilet training, training behaviours like sit, come when called and stop unwanted behaviours like nipping and jumping up on people and things. We will show you the best way to do all of these things. As well as this, we will give you a list of ways that you will be able to safely start your puppy socialisation without putting his health at risk.

Then, as soon as we hear from another person with a puppy of a similar size & age, we will conduct some puppy play groups.

How long might I have to wait for the puppy play group to start?

This depends on the time of year. In winter when there are fewer puppies being born you might have to wait a week or so. In spring and summer, however, there are lots of puppies being born. So then you would probably only have to wait a few days.

I try to get puppies playing with each other as soon as possible. In the meantime, though, don't forget that there are lots of socialisation activities that you can safely do with your puppy. - On our first visit to you we will tell you all about them.

People tell me that I will have to wait until 2 weeks after my puppy has had its second vaccinations. Is this true?

The choice is yours but the earlier you start training and socialization, the better dog you are going to have.  If you don't start early, you could find yourself with a young dog that you can't control and that gives you no pleasure. Many, many young dogs die because they weren't properly trained and socialized as puppies. These dogs are handed in to the pound and most are euthanized.

By comparison, very, very few puppies die because they start socialization early. I only conduct my play groups of puppies under 14 weeks of age indoors at vet clinics where the floors have been properly sterilized by professionals.


Puppies between 15 weeks and 6 months

If you have a puppy in this age group you still have training options: Option 1: Senior Puppy Visit 'n' Big School for pups that have not been to puppy preschool. This is very similar to the Baby Puppy Visit 'n' Play in its structure. That is, there are 2 private consultations and 4 group classes. The training in the 2 private consultations covers:

  • How dogs learn and communicate both with people & other dogs;
  • How to get your pup to pay attention to you when you ask;
  • Three basic training techniques (Targeting, Luring & Capturing behaviors) and when to use each of them;
  • Come when called;
  • Prevention of unwanted behaviors (e.g. jumping up, excessive barking);
  • How to teach your pup some self control; and, (if needed),
  • House training.

The 4 class sessions cover:

  • Walking nicely on a loose lead;
  • Approaching other dogs politely while out walking;
  • Wait & Stay;
  • Practical come when called;
  • Walking well on a loose lead in public places and crowds.

Option 2: Senior Puppy Extended Fun Learning This is a 6 week course available only to pups that have done Puppy Visit 'n' Play with Tails Up. This course uses games to encourage stronger communication between pups and owners. The pups are off lead for most of the activities. Most of the activities are designed to help owners consolidate their communication signals and to teach pups to follow their owners' signals from a distance. Activities include:

  • Weaving between poles;
  • Coming when called when owner is out of sight;
  • Running through tunnels;
  • Crawling on command;
  • Rolling over on cue;
  • Pushing a ball along the ground; and
  • Finding hidden objects.

Option 3: Preparation Pet Dog Ambassador - an internationally recognized accreditation. This course is available to pups & owners who can show that they have the dedication & skill necessary to undertake a national assessment as an ideal companion dog. It covers all of the basic commands and activities from both our puppy programs but asks for greater skill.

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