Our Puppy Preskool



Your new puppy will be everyone's friend. Studies show us that early socialisation and habituation (e.g. mixing with other pups outside the litter, different people, situations and novel items) helps to produce an outgoing and sociable adult...
Our Puppy Preskool creates a safe environment for puppies to meet, play** and learn that it's OK to relax and have fun at the vets! And for you, we'll give you advice and discuss any new puppy queries you may have.   It's also a chance to mix with other owners who have puppies of a similar age and compare notes! 

Two evenings are set aside for each class, and you will have the opportunity to ask us anything you like about puppy care.   Lead by Dot Creighton RVN, our Puppy Preskool team run the sessions and between them all have many years of experience dealing with puppies.

Our Preskool is open to all puppies.  From 1 week after their first vaccination until they are 16 weeks, (there is some variation to this depending on the breed of your puppy).   There are two sessions, which are charged at £25.

** Note: Puppies come in all shapes and sizes; with many different personalities; characters that are influenced by their breed and different life experiences.  It is therefore unfair on your puppy to expose them to all the puppies in the group for un-managed off-lead-play sessions.  This can be harmful to their training and socialisation -  introducing your puppy to other dogs, puppies or adults, needs to be done gradually and with care.  Our sessions allow plenty of opportunity to have fun and safely meet the other puppies in the group ... why not visit our preskool feedback page to read our client's own experiences, click here.  We want your puppy to have good experiences when they come to see us throughout their lives!  Please ring and ask to speak to a member of the Puppy Preskool Team for further details.

What we cover at our Preskool sessions:

  • Importance of dog body language and general behaviour needs
  • Toilet training - group discussion on old and new methods
  • Play biting and bite inhibition - how to stop play biting
  • Jumping up - discouraging and management
  • Puppy Recall - a fun game that begins your pups basic training
  • Identification advice: Microchip and dog tag advice
  • Restraint in the car
  • Information pack 

  • Recap biting and toileting
  • Leads, Collars etc... - Advice on good and bad equipment
  • Puppy Recall the next step – training, where do you go from here?
  • Health checks - A bonding exercise for puppy and owner, how to check your pups general health and get them used to handling
  • Teeth and dental advice
  • Moving on to puppy training classes, how to choose the right dog trainer
  • Goodie bag including your puppy's graduation rosette!
What you need to bring:
  • Your puppy!
  • Collar, lead and if used to wearing one - a harness (No choke chains or flexi-leads)
  • A favorite toy
  • Small bed or blanket
  • Training Treats
  • Any questions you might have!
Please note: 
  • If your puppy is not fully vaccinated  (at least one week after their second vaccination) you will need to carry them from the car into the waiting room.  Our floors are disinfected prior to Puppy Preskool so this is safe for them.  
  • Our door is opened at 7.30pm as we need time to clean our waiting room before the puppies arrive, please keep your pups in the car with you until this time.
  • One adult is needed for each puppy.  
  • Two human places are automatically booked for each puppy.  Please speak to us if you need to bring more humans so we can check if we have room for them.
  • Please do not use a flexi-lead or a choke chain

If there is anything else you would like to discuss about your puppies training and needs then please just ask a member of our Puppy Preskool Team.

We recommend that as soon as your puppy has had their second vaccination and are starting to explore the big wide world, they should also be attending regular training classes with a qualified dog trainer. Check the class vaccination policy with your trainer.  This way you can ensure they are receiving the right type of training and experience at the right time. If you would like further information please ring 01376 325511 or email us at reception@millenniumvets.co.uk 

Or alternatively please refer to our puppy training advice pages:

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