Hi, I have just got a english staffy pup which is 8 weeks old and I am looking for somewhere to take him to puppy school. Do you do run Puppy school? I am looking for somewhere that does a class on the weekend.

Yes we now run puppy classes in Oakford (for puppies 8-15 weeks). Your puppy needs to settle into their home for 10 days before coming to class & needs at least their first vaccination. Staffy puppies can be rough players so the earlier you start puppy classes for them the better! Our puppy classes currently run on a Saturday morning; however as it warms up we can run afternoon & evening classes. If an afternoon or evening class is better for you please email us with your preference of times (and possible days) and we can keep you updated.

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).

Where is Stage 2 held?

Occasionally; Sarah is the only one currently running the stage 2 (both more advanced training stage 2 and the agility stage 2) so can only train in one area at a time. Also Oakford has a bit more space and versatility for those whose dog is ready to work off lead. It might be further to travel for some people but its only for 4 weeks, there is food & coffee across the road and if after 4 weeks you don’t feel it was worth the travel we will refund you for every class you attended.

Why are your puppy classes only held at Oakford?

As this is private property we can be assured that the area is safe for puppies and not contaminated by other dogs.

Where are the Training Sessions?

The dog training classes are held in the Perth suburb of Oakford. The surrounding suburbs include:

Closest to Oakford:
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.