There are few things more exciting than introducing a new puppy to the household! Ensuring that your puppy is well trained and a happy & relaxed member of your family is crucial to making the overall experience a positive one for everyone.
Puppy Preschool is designed especially to achieve this!
Our classes promote positive reinforcement techniques, and we welcome (in fact we encourage!) the entire family to participate.
Your puppy will learn:
how to socialise well with puppies of different sizes and breeds
toilet training tips & tricks
general obedience - "sit", "come", "stay" etc
preventative health care- how to keep your puppy safe, happy and healthy
toxins & household poisons- what to avoid to keep your puppy safe
how to have fun and to love your vet!
Call (08) 6323 2916 to Find out how you can Enrol.
Puppy Proprioception & Gait Training
Leading on from Puppy School, we also offer individual training for proprioception (sensory awareness) and gait training.
When performed at an early age, proprioception training can decrease the likelihood of anxiety later in life by exposing puppies to a range of different environmental conditions in a positive fashion. If this is carried out correctly, the changes of environmental conditions will increase your puppy's confidence in their regular lifestyle and support them later in life as an adult.
If you are planning an active lifestyle for your dog that includes regular walking, running, hiking, swimming, or actual sports such as agility, herding and luring etc, then proper gait training can reduce the number of injuries your dog is likely to sustain and will help to maintain their active lifestyle for as long as possible.
Proprioception and gait training sessions are one on one and similar to a personal training session or Pilates. These sessions are tailored to your dogs individual needs and work to ensure overall conditioning and fitness. We look at targeting muscle groups that may not be used regularly day to day to keep your pup strong and healthy and to reduce any potential injury.
Water Conditioning & Swimming Lessons
Wanting to swim your dog at the beach, lake or in a pool this summer? What better way to introduce your puppy or small dog to water in a safe and controlled environment than swimming lessons!
You might think that all dogs can teach themselves to swim without the need for lessons, but like any other sporting activity, techniques vary and being taught the appropriate technique from an early age can help prevent injuries down the track.
Many dogs who have not previously been conditioned to water will thrash around arching their necks back and thrashing their legs out sideways. This can cause severe neck and leg injuries - not an experience you want for your dog while learning to swim!
Our puppy and small breed swimming lessons are one on one lessons held in our heated underwater treadmill and are completely personalised to suit the individual needs of your dog. If they have never swum before, we will first do a water conditioning session to ensure they see being in the water as a safe and fun experience, and then when they are comfortable in the water, we will teach them how to swim properly. For some puppies/dogs, several water conditioning sessions may be required, and for others, swimming will be possible on the first visit - it all depends on your dog's confidence and comfort levels. The focus here is on water and swimming activities being FUN and SAFE! *
Benefits of swimming lessons include:
safe introduction to water in a controlled environment, leading to greater confidence
the ability for your puppy/small dog to swim independently
confidence in and around bodies of water, making drowning accidents less likely should they have the misfortune to fall into a body of water at some point
a great way to reintroduce dogs who have already had a bad experience with water to getting used to water again in a safe and controlled fashion- everything is taken at a speed your dog is comfortable with and we will take as much (or as little) time as needed to ensure it is a positive experience for your dog.
The benefit of a treadmill over a pool for these dogs is that we have complete control over the water levels, ranging from a shallow puddle right through to swimming depth (dependent on the size of your dog)
a great way to burn off energy and do exercise in a controlled environment for small dogs up to 10kg
heated water ensures that the water is actually at a therapeutic temperature in addition to allowing this activity to be continued all year round
Swim Cards are available after your dog's first session to enable you to purchase swims at a discounted rate instead of paying the usual pay as you go fees.
Assisted/Fitness swims (Swimming lessons for beginners or poorly confident dogs)
$30 per swim/water conditioning (up to 30 minutes) in off peak times
$50 per swim/water conditioning (up to 30 minutes) during peak times
Swim Card - Buy 5 assisted swims up front, get 1 swim Free
What is the difference between an assisted swim at the Wellness Centre and swims elsewhere?
Qualified staff assisting your pet to swim using correct technique
Provision of a fitness program to achieve the best results for your pet's needs, whether they be fitness for sport or weight loss
Temperature controlled water - this is particularly important for puppies, very lean animals, and older dogs with arthritis since swimming in water temperatures below 28 Degrees can cause muscle tension and fatigue, leading to injury.
* Lessons only available to puppies and small breed dogs due to the size of the treadmill