5 of the best Australian Puppy Pre-Schools

- March 1, 2017 4 MIN READ

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:

Adelaide Pet Dog Training

Adelaide’s Pet Dog Training is run and owned by Bodil Schou-Hansen since May 2008. She is a Delta qualified professional dog trainer with a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services and has always had a passion for dogs. Bodil and the team at Adelaide Pet Dog Training use force-free, positive reward-based training methods ensuring learning is effective and fun. Puppy pre-school 5 week courses are run at various veterinary clinics in Adelaide and our small group 7 week courses are run at Blackwood  and Burnside.  Bodil also conducts private behavioural consultations.


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.

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.

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.

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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