Puppy Pre-school

Puppy Preschool

At Colac Veterinary Clinic we now offer puppy preschool for pups less than 16 weeks of age. 
This is a fantastic way develop a bond with your puppy and give them a head start to their life with you.

The first 16 weeks of your puppy’s life make up the most important development phase – it is a critical time for socialisation, and when good (and bad!) behaviours become ingrained. Our training is based around positive reward-based techniques, where pups are encouraged and rewarded for good behaviour, rather than being disciplined for those that are undesirable. 

Benefits of Puppy Preschool:

  • A safe environment to be socialised amongst other puppies, people and stimuli
  • Basic obedience training
  • Build confidence in your puppy in new situations
  • Education on training your pup to decrease unwanted behaviours such as chewing, inappropriate urination, nipping, barking etc.
  • Basic healthcare and education on topics including vaccination, worming, desexing, toxins

This is delivered over a 5 week course, as a 1 hour session once per week. The first session is puppy-free and designed as an introduction to puppy socialisation and behaviour, to allow everyone to get the most out of each session when our pups are involved.

What can you expect to get out of puppy school?

  • Learning positive reward based techniques to influence and train your pup across a large range of circumstances 

  • Learning from instructors who are well educated on puppy behaviour and animal care
  • ‘Homework’ each week to get the most out of what you learnt at the session
  • Letting your pup engage with other puppies and people in a safe and controlled environment 
  • A personalised handout booklet covering upcoming topics, tips and tricks, homework and resources on a range of topics 
  • A puppy pack and graduation photos at the final session 
  • A fun, relaxed environment for both puppies AND owners 


  • Puppies must be aged between 8 and 16 weeks at the time of the first session 
  • Puppies will require at least 1 C6 vaccination prior to starting 
  • Puppies must be kept on a leash whilst at puppy school
  • Location: Colac Veterinary Clinic - this is an enclosed outdoor area where hospital patients do not have access to. 
  • Bring along
    • Your puppy! (on a leash)
    • A favourite toy or any high value treats
    • You are welcome to bring your own mat/towel, however a clean mat will be provided for each puppy, each week.
  • Attendance
    • We understand that sometimes things happen beyond our control and you make not be able to make your session. Please call our clinic number and advise us if that’s the case. Please note that there are no refunds for missed sessions.

If you would like to know more information, enquire about any upcoming preschools we have scheduled or would like to register your interest: please give our Colac clinic a call on (03) 5232 1792 and we can have a chat!
Please understand for the benefit of each puppy we try to cap our sessions to a limited number.