Puppy preschool is an integral part of helping a young dog to fit in with a family and prevent behavioural problems. Most veterinarians, behaviourists and trainers agree that attending a good puppy preschool is an essential first step to developing a friendly family pet.
Many dog trainers feel that there is a lack of education and knowledge given to dog owners about the development of puppies. They decided to take this matter into their own hands and developed small businesses in order to help everyday Australians.
Here are five fantastic puppy pre-schools from around Australia:
1. Adelaide Pet Dog Training
Adelaide’s Pet Dog Training centre is run and owned by Bodil Schou-Hansen. Bodil is a highly qualified professional dog trainer. Bodil founded her dog training centre in May 2007. And has been running for almost a decade. She has always had a passion for dogs. Throughout her childhood, she has owned and bred Great Danes. She currently owns two Dogue de Bordeaux. She is very experienced in training non-conventional breeds using positive reward methods. For Bodil, it is of absolute importance to work towards helping develop positive behaviour in as many dogs as she can.
SitDropStay was formed in 2005 by Director and Head Trainer, George Lygidakis. George created his business following the need to improve the quality of dog training. He wanted to expand the knowledge of dog behaviour that is available to the Australian public. Shocked by the status of badly behaved, anxious and over stimulated dogs, and the poor advice given to many trainers, George formulated a basic system. George has been a dog trainer for over 25 years. He was a former Australian Protective Service (Federal Police) Police dog handler and trainer. SitDropStay selects only the most qualified staff to represent them in each city across Australia. All trainers are personally trained and coached by George. He offers services in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Norther Rivers NSW, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Cairns.
3. Amy’s Puppy Pre School
Amy’s Puppy Pre School is located in Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Amy started her business in May of 2010 when she was four months pregnant with her second son. She started Amy’s Puppy Pre School with 1 puppy class per month and now 7 years later, runs the busiest puppy school in Sydney with 7 courses running per month across 3 locations. Amy is also known world wide for the development of her app Sound Proof Puppy Training.
4. Positive Response
Positive Response is located in Cleveland, Brisbane. They celebrates their 9th year this month. In 2005, owner Dee Scott created the business part time whilst working for the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (scent detection dog handler) as a one woman business. Her vision was to train qualified staff to deliver positive training to the people of Brisbane. From 2007 to 2009, Dee began building strong business relationships with vets, pets stores and local councils. She would set up free puppy introduction sessions to give customers an idea of who she was and what they could expect from her puppy classes. By 2012, Positive Response became a full time business.
5. Manners ‘n’ More Companion Dog Training
Manners ’n’ More Companion Dog Training is owned and operated by Colleen O’Dea. She is a lecturer of Companion Animal Studies at Challenger Institute of Technology. Colleen started Manners ’n’ More Companion Dog Training in 2011. In 2012, she implemented their first puppy preschool class. By 2015, she launched ‘Primo Puppy School’ a 6 week puppy school program. Even though she is very passionate about dogs, Colleen also has a strong interest for the industry itself. She strives to bring quality speakers from around the world and within Australia to further the development of all trainers and worked of the companion animal industry.
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