Tips for running a successful puppy school at your veterinary practice.

How to run a better puppy school

Puppy schools are important in giving pet owners and their puppies the best chance of a long, happy life.

A successful puppy school is one that offers puppies a safe environment to socialise and learn basic training commands, as well as gives pet owners a chance to learn the basics in puppy care.

Tips for running a successful puppy school

  1. Arrange specific school days
    • Easier for staff to prepare the space and keep it clean
    • Ensure enough water bowls for each participant
    • Have chairs available for the pet owners
  2. Confirm booking with each pet owner so that they know what to expect in advance by sharing a VetCheck puppy care handout
  3. Classes should be small of no more than 8 puppies
  4. All puppies should be vaccinated, wormed and are on external parasite control
  5. Focus on socialisation and basic training commands
  6. Cover basic puppy care needs from nutrition to parasite control
  7. Identifies the over-assertive pup and the more timid pup and addresses the matter urgently by separating them so they don’t get distracted or intimidated
  8. Shares VetCheck take home information to help reiterate training and socialisation at home