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Puppy Pre Schools in Melbourne

For puppies aged 8-16 weeks who have had their first vaccination.

Do you want your new family member to have the very best possible start?

Your puppy is currently in their ‘critical period’- the most important time in your pups life for socialisation and learning about the world. Did you know your pups brain will grow to 80% of its size during this time? Early socialisation allows you to get the very best out of your pups personality and combat any problems now so that they are not ongoing. Remember- your pup is highly unlikely to grow out of mouthing and chewing, toileting in the house etc- unless we teach them to! A dog who has had excellent socialisation and training experiences during this time will be a joy to live with and a pleasure to involve in family activities.

Underdog Trainers have trained thousands of puppies and new puppy owners. You can rest assured that your puppy pre school will provide you with all the support and information you need to make puppy raising easier for you and your family. All family members are encouraged to attend and participants are encouraged to communicate in between classes so all questions and issues can be addressed as soon as possible. 

Private puppy training is also available at a range of times to suit you. Private puppy training can give you a headstart or help you get on top of issues that require urgent attention. This can be of particular importance when you have young children and a puppy together.

Puppy Pre School Class Times and Locations

Our Puppy Pre School courses are designed for puppies aged 8-16 weeks who have had at least their first vaccination.

Our Puppy Pre School classes cover content including (but not limited to):

  • Socialisation with people and dogs.
  • Critical Period socialisation exercises
  • Manual handling, grooming and calming puppy massage exercises.
  • Dealing with Mouthing and Jumping Up
  • Toilet Training
  • Getting your pup used to their collar and lead.
  • Responsible Dog Ownership.
  • Introducing Basic Obedience
The price for Puppy Pre School (all venues) is $195 for a 4 week course (Effective January 1st 2022)

Please select a location below for more information:

Locations marked with are fully booked for 2021. Waitlists are available for 2022 classes (dates TBC).

Playful Pups Doggy Daycare
11 Citrus Street, Braeside 3195
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Course start dates TBC. 

  • Mondays 6:45pm

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*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Andy’s Doggy Daycare
4 Rickard Street, Brunswick East 3057
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Course start dates TBC. 

  • Saturdays 9am
  • Saturdays 2pm

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*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

PETstock Clifton Hill
592-596 Smith St, Clifton Hill 3068
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Course start dates TBC. 

  • Fridays 9:30am
  • Saturdays 9:30am
  • Saturdays 11:00am

Waitlist unavailable. Bookings and enquiries for this location are on hold until after lockdown has ended.

The Avenue Veterinary Clinic
2 Maksi Way, Cranbourne North, VIC 3977
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Course start dates TBC.

  • Saturdays 2:00pm

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*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

Dandenong Veterinary Hospital
118 Princes Highway, Dandenong VIC 3175
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Course start dates TBC. 

  • Tuesdays 6pm

Waitlist unavailable. Bookings and enquiries for this location are on hold until after lockdown has ended.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Hawthorn East Vet
1 Victoria Rd, Hawthorn East
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Course start dates TBC. 

  • Wednesdays 7:30pm
  • Tuesdays 7:30pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Kew Vet and Cattery
13 Cotham Road, Kew 3101
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Course start dates TBC. 

  • Saturdays 3:30pm
  • Saturdays 4:45pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Langwarrin Veterinary Clinic
299 Cranbourne-Frankston Road (entry via Josephine Street), Langwarrin 3910
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Course start dates TBC. 

  • Tuesdays 7pm

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*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

Patterson Lakes Animal Hospital
Corner Gladesville Blvd & McLeod Rd, Patterson Lakes 3197
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$175 for a 4 week course. Start dates will be published when the government confirms lockdown is ending. 

  • Wednesdays 7:30pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

Melbourne Puppy Pre School Graduate
Puppy Pre School Graduate

Online puppy school still available!

Our “Critical Period Puppy Package” is specific for puppies aged 8- 16 weeks and includes the following- 

  • Video Links to a complete 4 week Underdog Training Puppy Pre School course- these links are of a recently recorded Underdog Puppy class and although not professionally filmed, all information and relevant demonstrations are clear and useful. 
  • Underdog Training Puppy Training Manual
  • 15 Minute facetime chat with an Underdog trainer to troubleshoot and ask questions

This is an excellent value training option at a cost of only $99!

COVID-19 Update:

As Melbourne moves through an easing of restrictions, we are permitted to operate many of our services in a limited capacity. We encourage you  to enquire about training for your dog but ask for your patience as we work through our waitlists and set new dates for classes. We look forward to being of assistance to you and your dog as soon as we are able to.

Our Critical Period Package for PUPPIES is currently available, please visit the page: Puppy Training Critical Period Package