The addition of a pet to any household is a joyful occasion, but having that furry friend in your home presents its own unique challenges. For puppy owners, a great investment is, of course, puppy school, in order to give little Scruffy some socialisation and obedience training and you, as their owner, a greater sense of confidence.
Urban Dog Training, with their classes located at Carina State School, has been my choice for my new friend Bonnie. Beginner courses are 6 weeks long and cover topics such as food, play, lead walking and commands. It has been a great experience for myself and for Bonnie.
One of the best things about UDT is their focus on safety for both dogs and owners. All animals are kept separate during class discussions, latecomers to class aren't allowed in case the puppies are distracted, and vaccination certificates are checked at the beginning of the course. You're also given a number of information sheets and free homemade dog treats on your first visit as a gift. Bonnie scarfed those like they were a 3-star Michelin meal.
Information pamphlet haul
Welcome gift of treats for puppy
The parking at Carina State School is plentiful and the facilities are undercover for the classes, which is great during the summer months. My one complaint was that the courses are geared slightly more towards families than singles, due to the amount of gear you need to bring each Saturday at 8am.
A puppy deserves to have the best start in life and grow into a dog that is obedient, but also happy and free from stress as much as possible. Urban Dog Training focuses on the behavioural aspect as much as the training aspect of dogs and this is why I would recommend the school, especially to families with a new furry friend.