Socialisation and training for puppies, education for owners.

The early stages of any dog’s life are incredibly important. It is during this time that we introduce your puppy to stimuli, activities and environments they are likely to encounter in everyday life. This period is the optimum time for puppies to learn healthy socialisation practices with other dogs and humans.

Halifax Vet Puppy Preschool is a 4 week course for puppies aged between 8 – 16 weeks. Over this period we assist you in teaching basic commands to your puppy using reward based training, laying the groundwork for you to go on and train your pooch in whatever discipline you desire. We also cover owner education on a wide range of topics such as housetraining, bathing and skincare, nutrition, neutering, first aid and parasite control.

Attendees meet at the Clinic on either a Wednesday or Thursday evening (depending on what night you are assigned to) at 6.30pm. The full course is $130 and includes all classes, follow-up support and advice (from our Canine Behaviourist, Sandy Fitzgerald), some puppy-friendly products and a graduation certificate.

Register your puppy for our follow-on training course, Puppy Primary, at the same time and receive a $20 discount off the combo package!

Puppies are eligible for Puppy Preschool after they have had their first lot of vaccinations. 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.

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 Preschool by completing the form below or 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 Preschool 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