Any fully vaccinated puppy under five months of age may join a puppy class. A new class usually begins every month.

Puppies which have graduated from Puppy Pre-School at Boronia Vet Clinic (taken by Ruth) have automatic placement in CDODC Puppy Class. Please send a query via the Contact page if you attended class at Boronia Vet Clinic.

This is a crucial time in a dog’s life when it should be exposed to sights, smells, sounds, other dogs and people so that it can become a well adjusted family pet. We do not want any puppy to have to wait too many weeks before beginning.

Puppy training consists of:

  • socialisation with both dogs and people;
  • conditioning of the pup to as many experiences as possible, using both the local environment and our special puppy confidence course; and
  • an introduction to simple obedience skills and ‘manners’ as needed for the pup to live in harmony with its family.

Puppies in all puppy classes are trained wearing ordinary collars. Positive reinforcement is used to encourage the pups to learn and to always be successful in their attempts.  At CDODC, we train to win, so the pups learn quickly, comprehensively and without harsh punishments that diminish the puppy-handler bond.

All pups stay in puppy class until they are 6 – 7 months of age, as it is not until this age that they are beginning to physically mature and to have the concentration span necessary for more formal obedience training.

Duration: 8 weeks.