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Puppy Training

Puppy Classes are a fantastic opportunity for both you and your puppy to learn the basics in a clean, controlled, fun environment.

Puppy classes here at Pet Essentials in New Plymouth are taken by our Professional Dog Trainer – Kate Hocking BSc. Kate’s Calmness, Professionalism and Experience is a fantastic combination for us here at Pet Essentials.  Kate has in the past been a trainer for the 'Hearing Dogs for Deaf' so comes to us with great skills and knowledge.  In 2019 Kate also undertook training in Hydrotherapy for Dogs.  She has a hydrotherapy pool where she is able to help dogs with their mobility for old age/joint issues and post surgery.  It's fair to say Kate is 'Dog Mad' and so keen to help. 

Puppies should stay with their mums until at least 8 weeks of age. Yes they will be eating and drinking fine at 6 weeks BUT in the last 2 weeks it is the mother that teaches them the discipline. If they bite her, she will bite them back. Many problems can occur if they are taken away too early.

From 8-12 weeks is when they next do their most learning and this is the best time to start puppy classes. They must have had their first vaccination at least 7 days before coming to the first class, therefore the earlier they are given that first vaccination the better.

A large part of any puppy class is socialisation. Here in a controlled environment your puppy will (hopefully) learn their sits, downs, stays, heal work, play some fun games and get to ‘puppy play’ with other puppies. We also have a nutrition section and Vet section. Our chosen veterinary clinic - Vets4Pets - play a big part in our store by (checking/vaccinating all our puppies, kittens and rabbits plus all our pets’ general wellbeing) so it’s a great opportunity for people to ask them general vet questions in a relaxed, fun environment.

Our puppy class area is large with vinyl flooring away from where the general public and other dogs have been. To limit any contamination the floors are disinfected before and after every class. Parvovirus is the main concern here.  The recovery from this can be long and very expensive with many puppies/dogs also not surviving.  For this reason we want everyone to take this seriously and people are required to carry puppies to the puppy class area and not walked into or through the store.

We mostly run 2 classes per week with a new class starting every 2 weeks.  Please phone the store for the next start date.

As at 19 November 2020 the classes are $60 for 4 lessons.

If you are interested in knowing more about Puppy Classes at Pet Essentials please phone 06 759 0190

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