Puppy Classes

Course Overview

A well-run, professional puppy course is a wonderful thing – clients look to veterinary professionals for the best advice, and we should be ready to give it.

Veterinary nurses, technicians and vets have a vital role to play in helping owners to set their new pups up to become a well-balanced, focused and confident friend for life.

Do you run puppy ‘parties’ at your practice? Do they go as well as you think they could? Or maybe you’d really like to set up puppy classes, but are not quite sure where to start – and you know that it’s so important that we get the advice right, at this crucial stage in dog development

Learn how to set up and run the Perfect Puppy Class right from the start, by gaining knowledge on all the essential elements and how to incorporate them effectively, and even create your own guidelines and supporting materials for your new classes with this interactive, supported module.

Course Syllabus

Topics covered on this course include:

  • The “sensitive period” of a puppy’s behavioural development
  • Defining socialisation and habituation, and why they matter
  • Getting socialisation and habituation right
  • Avoiding ‘doing the wrong thing’ during this sensitive period
  • Organising classes to best orientate around the puppy’s development period
  • Practicalities of puppy classes – where, when, how?
  • Creating the right space to run your classes
  • Timings /schedules of puppy classes
  • Essential equipment for classes
  • Involving other staff members
  • Developing a fee structure for classes
  • Structuring classes so they are informative and fun
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Doggy demographics – which pups in which class?
  • Priorities for class teaching
  • Canine/puppy body language and why it is so important
  • Busting the myths surrounding canine behaviour
  • Mental stimulation & enrichment – setting pups up for success
  • Understanding the consequences of poor socialisation advice/badly run puppy classes
  • Emergency behavioural advice
  • What’s normal? Training v behaviour issues and when to seek help or refer
  • The correct advice to offer owners – puppy behaviour 101
  • Creating a plan for running your classes
  • How to successfully promote classes
Course Resources

Course resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
  • Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
  • Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online

Tutor: Linda Ryan

Suitable for: Vets, veterinary nurses, students, and anyone with an interest in developing puppy socialisation classes



Complete your purchase

Simply add the courses you wish to book to your shopping cart, also selecting the start dates of your choice. You will then be guided through the secure checkout to complete your purchase.

Fill out the registration form

Once payment is complete, you will receive an email asking for candidate details. Complete the form and submit. We must receive your registration in order to process your enrolment.

When do I start learning?

When you have successfully submitted your candidate registration, you will receive a confirmation message. You will be contacted prior to the course start date with information on how to join the VLE.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of puppy socialisation and its importance, and the role we play in helping to achieve this

  • Have clear ideas on how to set up and run successful puppy classes in practice

  • Provide up-to-date and useful education to to help owners raise their puppies successfully

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or online learning in general, or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Linda is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behaviour

Your Tutor

Linda Ryan

VTS (Behaviour, Oncology) ADipABM DipAVN(Med) KPA-CTP RVN

IAABC Certified Canine & Feline Behaviour Consultant

See what some of our past pupils have said…

“This course which is a real must for VN’s who are running puppy socialising classes in practice. Linda is a great tutor with a wealth of knowledge and experience and I can honestly say my classes have improved and moved up a gear since completing this course.”

Carolyn Turrall

“I learned a lot from ONCORE’s course. At the end, students were asked to put together documents that enabled us to consolidate all of our learning and ideas, put them into a practical format, and be able to take them back to our practice for use right away.  I look forward to classes they are offering in the future.”

Jessica Scheip