My dog can be a bit aggressive with other dogs but I want to socialise him, can I book in for the group lesson?

If your dog has shown aggression in the past you must book in for an individual lesson first. Most dogs that come to group classes are puppies, and it is not suitable to have an aggressive or reactive dog in a group class. It may be that the dog just needs one or two individual lessons first. And at least if you have had an individual lesson then we can let you know if your dog is ready, and how to manage the dogs behaviour for when you do find yourself in a multiple dog environment.

I just wanted to check that it is okay for my dog to do puppy school as she has only had her first two needles with the third lot in 2 weeks. Is this a problem?

No it’s not a problem at all: now is definitely the time to start training! The Oakford training is on a private property so this is suitable for any age and we have a fully fenced puppy area for training and socialisation. We have both puppy classes and stage 1 training at Oakford. So depending on the age of your puppy you can join in either (see chart above).  Check with your vet if you puppy is allowed to go for walks; if so you can start stage 1. There is a 10 week finish vaccination now available at a number of vets; this means your puppy will have finished their vaccinations by 10 weeks and be able to start going out from around 11 weeks. Check with your vet for more information as not all vets offer this. If you think your puppy is borderline between puppy classes and stage 1 you may be able to attend a couple of puppy classes to see (rather than all 4 weeks) however you must arrange this with Sarah over the phone.

We have a new 10 week old puppy and we would like to know when the next puppy training course starts at Clever Creatures. Are there any resources we can get that can be useful for new puppy owners like us?

We now have junior puppy classes & also level 1. 10 weeks is the ideal age to start training (puppy classes) there is no set start date for the training as we encourage new dogs to join in the course at regular intervals, however the course books very quickly (can be weeks in advance) so if you wanted to book it is important to register formally via the dog training page (or bookings and registration page) or if you have questions call Sarah on 9525-1553 (afternoons are usually best).

Regarding resources: The free eBook download ‘After You get your puppy’ (by Dr Ian Dunbar) is a very useful book and is available via our newsletter & A-Z free info page. You can take advantage of the many other free resources we send via our email newsletter by signing up on the homepage of our website (its free and currently comes out 4-5 times per year).

Why are your puppy classes only held at Oldbury?

As this is private property we can be assured that the area is safe for puppies and not contaminated by other dogs. We have moved from Thomas Road Oakford and are open by appointment.

Where are the Training Sessions?

The dog training classes are held in the Perth suburb of Oldbury (near Wandi / Oakford. The address is emailed upon booking but we are located just off King Road. The surrounding suburbs include:

Closest to Oldbury:
Anketell, Armadale, Atwell, Aubin Grove,  Baldivis, Banjup,  Bedfordale, Beeliar, Bertram, Brookdale, Byford, Canning Vale, Cardup, Casuarina, Champion Lakes, Glen Iris, Gosnells, Hammond Park, Hilton, Jandacot, Jarrahdale, Kelmscott, Kwinana, Mandogalup, Medina, Mount Nasura, Mundijong, Munster, Oakford, Parmelia, Piara Waters, Riverton, Serpentine, Sevill Grove, Shelley, Southern River, South Lake, Success, Wandi, Wattleup, Wellard, Willetton, Willagee, Wungong, Yangebup.