Dog Behaviour Training

You love your gorgeous puppy, or you might have rescue young dog from a shelter, but how do they become the well-mannered, welcome family member you want them to be?

Dogs can be challenging, particularly during the puppy and adolescent period.  Training plays a vital part in teaching your dog the lessons they need to become a welcome family member.  You also need the right information for effective training and management of your dog.

Gladesville Veterinary Hospital is proud to have our very own Delta-qualified dog trainers, Jenny Harlow and Fiona Kelly.  Together, they can cater for all your needs, teach you how to train your dog and provide the knowledge and advice you need to manage your dog through out their life, from puppyhood to adulthood.

Puppy Preschool 

Puppy pre-school is a vital 1st step for all puppies, and introduces them to basic training such as sit, drop, come, name recognition, settling and establishing good behaviour patterns.  Like children, puppies learn very fast at an early age so it is important to take advantage of this period.  Good socialisation and early training will set them up to be well behaved and confident adult dogs.

We run regular puppy pre-school classes onsite.  You will learn how to toilet train your puppy and deal with toileting problems, what to do if your puppy is nipping, biting or chewing things you’d rather they didn’t, and how to teach your pup to accept being left home alone.

Puppies need to learn acceptable social manners and gain confidence with good socialisation.  Puppy pre-school is run in a fun and friendly environment, where we discuss many common puppy problems, and the puppies receive vital socialisation and learn appropriate manners while playing with other pups.

The “imprinting” or “socialisation” phase of a pup’s life is between 3 and 16 weeks of age, the time when your pup has the most to gain from attendance at Puppy Pre-School.

Our Puppy Pre-school Course runs for 4 weeks and the cost is $190.00 for the 4-week course.

Note: Bookings essential.

Vaccination and Puppy Preschool:

The routine course of puppy vaccinations consists of 2 injections: one at 6-8 weeks of age and one at 10-12 weeks.

To attend Puppy Pre-school at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital, a pup must have at least had its 6-8-week vaccination. It takes a week for the pup’s immune system to mount a response to a vaccination. Therefore, there is a very slight risk to the pup, until a few days after the 10-week vaccination. But it has been our experience that pups who have all of their recommended shots do not experience problems.


Canine College

Do you have a young dog whose excitement you struggle to manage?  Does your dog pull on lead, jump up on your guests, ignore you when you call him to come to you at the park?

If these are your problems, then Canine College is the answer.

The most common cause of death for dogs under the age of two is euthanasia due to inappropriate behaviour.  Behaviour such as digging, barking and snapping can become an enormous problem in a family’s life.  Training provides your dog with skills and guidelines, and it promotes confidence in your dog.  At Canine College we teach you how to prevent these behaviours becoming a problem.

Although for most pupils, Canine College is a follow-up from Puppy Pre-school, graduation from Puppy Pre-school is not a pre-requisite for attendance – all dogs aged 5 months and older are welcome.  Canine College is run on Saturday mornings and classes are kept small with a maximum 6 dogs.  Two instructors are present at all times to provide you and your dog with the assistance and attention you need.  The underlying principles of sound dog training are used – kindness and positive reinforcement.

Plus there is plenty of opportunity for fun when your dog gets to play on the mini-agility course and train a trick.

Canine College Level 1 Course includes:

  • Attention – Looking to owner when he hears his/her name.
  • Socialisation – Being comfortable with different breeds and aged dogs.  Being relaxed and comfortable with different people.
  • Good manners – Sit, drop and stay.
  • Meet and greet people on lead.
  • Wait at a doorway to let owners through.
  • Walking nicely on lead.
  • Come when called (an extremely important command for every dog.)
  • Calm behaviour – settling on his mat.
  • Communicating and understanding your dog – Recognising stress and calming signals in your dog and other dogs.
  • Managing common problem behaviour – for example chewing, digging, barking and jumping.
  • Basic Agility -not only is it fun, but it reinforces the training learnt in class.

Where: Boronia Boy Scout Hall, 21C Farnell St, Hunters Hill.

Cost: $370 for a seven week course.  Classes are of a one hour duration on Saturday mornings.

Note: Bookings essential

Reactive Rover

Dogs that display on-leash reactivity – barking and lunging at the sight of another dog when they are on lead – live a life full of stress and anxiety.  If your dog is one of them, then walking your dog will undoubtedly fill you with stress and anxiety as well.  We can help.

We can help most dogs lean to accept the sight of other dogs without reacting, and you can learn management tools to ensure you and your dog can once again enjoy your walks together.

The Reactive Rover programme teaches calming and focusing exercises, gentle desensitisation, impulse control and teaches your dog an alternative behaviour to barking and lunging.  Your dog can learn that there’s no need to react when they see another dog, leading to less stress on both you and your dog.

This special six-week course is open to a maximum of four dogs and is conducted in a highly controlled environment to ensure that you and your dog have the best opportunity for success.  Two instructors are present and all dogs can relax behind a barrier, which ensures they stay calm.

Where:  Boronia Boy Scout Hall, 21C Farnell St, Hunters Hill.

Cost:  $405.00 for a six-week course.  Classes are of a one-hour duration on Saturday mornings.

Note: Bookings essential.

Private Consultations

Do you need help with your dog’s behaviour but you’re not able to attend a group classes?  Or maybe your dog isn’t suitable for group classes?  If this is the case then one of our Delta trainers will come to your home for a one-on-one private consultation.

A private consultation is individually designed for each client to cater specifically to your requirements and to address your concerns with your dog’s behaviour.

You will receive in-home training, discuss management solutions for specific issues and you will be provided with written notes outlining all details discussed.  The initial consultation will last for up to 2 hours and cost $180.

To discuss your concerns about your dogs’ behaviour and to book a private consultation, call the veterinary hospital and ask to speak with Jenny Harlow.