Continued socialisation and training for older puppies.

Puppy Primary is a course specifically designed for puppies straight out of a preschool class. It is all about continuing your puppy’s learning and socialisation during their changing mental development stages. At this slightly older age as well as a knowledge of basic commands, we can start to challenge them mentally e.g. impulse control work, so they can grow into mentally well balanced and behaved dogs.

Long story short, if Preschool taught them how to walk, Puppy Primary will teach them how to run!

In this $140 4-week course, our instructors are on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the social development of your young dog and are happy to tailor lessons for individual participants so that everyone gets a fantastic and safe experience.

Puppies are eligible for Puppy Primary between 12-20 weeks of age and have had at least their first vaccination. All family members are welcome.

This course is run by our qualified Canine Behaviourist, Sandy Fitzgerald and Vet Nurse Hannah F. Sandy not only offers Canine Behavioural advice and Modification programmes but also has the practical skills needed to enable her to work more closely with owners and their dogs by providing a Day Training service for those of you struggling to achieve the desired positive behavioural results on your own. These services are tailored to enlighten, empower, and enable owners to have a major positive influence and impart in the life of their dog and ensuing behaviour.

Register your puppy for both Puppy Preschool and Puppy Primary at the same time and receive a $20 discount!

What to bring:

  • Your puppy (on a lead)
  • Tempting treats and/or toys
  • Poo bags
  • A notebook if you would like to take notes
  • A mat/blanket/bed for your puppy to relax on


Register for Puppy Primary by completing the registration form below or by phoning the surgery on 03 548 3871. Upon receiving your registration our puppy advocate Hannah F will call you to discuss your registration in more detail.

Puppy Primary Registration

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Hear what our customers have to say

We choose to travel from Mapua to the Halifax Vet Clinic, Nelson with our pets because we find the vet team to be highly skilled and extremely professional. Their diagnostic skills are excellent, and their verbal explanations and written documentation ensure the pet owners are fully informed of the problems, subsequent treatment and aftercare.

Halifax has extremely sophisticated diagnostic equipment which enables fast, on the spot diagnosis, and hence quicker and more targeted treatment. The veterinary nurses also have a wide knowledge base and are extremely helpful, especially with phone queries.

In view of the above we are totally satisfied our loved pets will get the best care and attention possible.

Jill and Peter Smillie, Mapua

A big thank you to Josie’s extended family at Halifax Veterinary Centre. I wish to thank you all for making Josie feel special not just to me but also to yourselves as well. Your care for her over the years is something that I will always treasure and respect. She was my special friend for nine years and I feel we were all lucky to have a share in her friendship.

Wayne Greig