K9 Kindy -A great start to life!


K9 Kindy is a must for all owners looking to give their puppy the very best start in life and the opportunity to grow into a well behaved, sociable dog. Donna Hearn runs our classes as she specialises in canine behaviour and training. Classes are designed for puppies between 6 to 14 weeks of age, as it is much easier to teach a puppy the correct behaviour at this young age than it is to correct bad behaviour later in life.


Why K9 Kindy?


Each year thousands of dogs end up in pounds and shelters, many of which are euthanized, due to behavioural problems developing in later life. This is often the result of a lack of proper socialisation and training in the important early developmental stage of a puppy's life.K9 Kindy provides a safe, controlled environment for puppies to socialise and classes are kept small so that time can be spent with each puppy and their owners.


What does it cover?  

Each course consists of five, 1 hour classes, conducted over five weeks and teaches owners positive reinforcement methods for training their puppy as well as covering socialisation, general health care, nutrition and more. Each course will also dedicate time to covering any individual problems and questions from owners.

Barney with the play balls

Course Outline

Topics covered include:

  • Dogs in nature - Background information about dogs' natural "pack" behaviour and how this can help you to understand many of the behaviours displayed by your new puppy.
  • Socialisation - Why socialisation is so important to your puppy's development and how to safely go about ensuring that your puppy is well socalised.
  • Toilet training- Effective techniques for toilet training your puppy at home
  • Managing problem behaviours - Why they can occur and how to use positive reinforcement to minimise problem behaviours such as chewing, digging, jumping up etc.
  • Training - The importance of training your puppy's development. Where, when and how to train your puppy.  
  • Preventative medicine- An outline of the preventative medicines currently available and which ones are important for your puppy.  
  • Fleas - What's effective, what's not and how to avoid a flea explosion in your household.
  • Diet and feeding- Recommendations for when, where, how often and what to feed your new puppy.
  • Grooming - Brushing, bathing, nail clipping. When to start and what needs to be done for your individual puppy. How to introduce your puppy to being groomed without them becoming afraid.
  • Missing dogs- What to do if your new puppy goes missing. Effective ways of locating a lost puppy .
  • Hospital tour- Catch a glimpse of what it's like "behind the scenes" at Meadows Veterinary Centre
  • GRADUATION!- Presentation of graduation certificates and farewell to fellow graduating puppies!
Training: All classes finish with a training session. Time is spent with each puppy individually, to ensure training is relevant and effective.
Exercises: Your puppy will learn to sit, drop, recall, lead work and stay.


Frequently asked questions about K9 Kindy


Where are the K9 Kindy classes held?

K9 Kindy classes are run at the Meadows Veterinary Centre.

When are classes held?

The classes are held on different days of the week. The day of the week depends on the availability of participants. The course consists of 5 classes which are held over 5 weeks.

How old should my puppy be?

Puppies should be between 6 and 14weeks of age and have had their first vaccination. This is the optimal time for training and ensures all puppies in the class are socialised in a safe environment which is appropriate for their age and size. If your puppy is older than 14 weeks then please contact us for our recommendations on Junior dog training.

What do I need to bring to class?

Please bring a lead to class, your puppy should also be suitably fitted with a collar. If your puppy was not vaccinated at Meadows Veterinary Centre please bring your puppy's current vaccination record.

Should I feed my puppy before class?

Preferably not. Puppies like to sleep after a meal and they are less responsive to treats which are used as a form of positive reinforcement during class.

How much does K9 Kindy cost?

K9 Kindy is a five week course and includes a graduation certificate and show bag full of information and free samples. It also will provide a $20 discount on the desexing of your puppy. The cost of the course is $100 and is payable directly to Donna Hearn on the first night.

How do I book my puppy into a class?

Please call us to book your puppy into the next class.

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