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Puppy Preschool

Bay of Islands Veterinary Services - Puppy PreschoolPuppy Preschool classes take place in our Bay of Islands Veterinary Services Kerikeri clinic. Classes are for puppies aged 10-16 weeks and run for about 1½ hours one night a week for 4 weeks. The classes are taken in small groups, designed to help develop a confident and obedient puppy which is house-trained, knows its place in the family, and is a pleasure to have.

The Class format has been prepared by the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) and is based on modern training techniques and partly sponsored by Hills Science Diet.

Your Class instructor is Rebecca Roper of OK K9s Dog Training, www.okk9s.co.nz, who also offers Obedience and Agility Classes for older dogs. Rebecca has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers of New Zealand (APDTNZ) since its inception in 2009 and has been running puppy classes at the clinic since 2002.

The classes help to

  • Socialise the puppy and make it a good and enjoyable pet to own. The puppy learns to cope with other dogs, other people, loud noises, and novel things.
  • Show you how to train the puppy in basic obedience.
  • Teach you about the normal behaviour of dogs, how to recognise early behaviour problems and prevention, house training, and how to prevent barking and biting.
  • Provide an opportunity for the puppy to enjoy coming to the Vet Clinic
  • Cover other aspects of pet care

At the end of the term your pup will receive a Diploma, a bag of puppy treats, a lead and coupons from Hills Science Diet worth up to $100.


Puppies need to have had a Health Check by a Veterinarian within 10 days of the start of class and be current in their Vaccinations (even if not fully immunised). This period of the puppy’s life is critical to learning social skills that will set them up to be great dogs later. The benefit received from attending a puppy class far outweighs the risk of catching any disease. All care is taken with the environment to ensure your puppy is safe.

Worming and Flea control need to be up to date. Bring your puppy to the class a little hungry so that the treats used as rewards are enjoyed more. If you have any concerns that your puppy could be unwell that day, leave it at home, but come yourself as there will still be a lot that you can learn and enjoy.

More than one person can come with the pup, but children need to be old enough to listen and understand well. The classes have a lot of information to cover and are not just a puppy ‘party’. This is a great chance for you and your pup to learn together.

Cost for the 4-week term is $95.

Please contact Rebecca on 407-9504 or to book your puppy for the next available class.

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