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Group puppy classes that cover all your puppy training needs!

Puppy classes are a great way to teach your pup basic commands while giving them a dose of positive socialisation, getting them off to a great start in life.

As a new pet owner, learning to understand your puppy's behaviour is invaluable, and puppy training classes are a great way to do this. During the ages of 8-16 weeks, puppies go through a key socialisation period where they absorb new information much easier and quicker than at later stages of life. This makes puppy training so important! This is why I offer puppy classes, which are also a great way to meet new puppy friends, and be exposed to different training environments.

What are Puppy Classes?:

This 4 week course is run by a qualified dog behavioural trainer/specialist. Classes are made up of a maximum of 10 dogs, aged between 8-16 weeks old (at first class). Class sizes are kept at this limit to optimise puppy training and learning.

Classes will be held at Pets In The City, 76 Ellice Road, Wairau Valley.

We cover basic obedience & socialisation to get your pup to be comfortable, focused & following your directions.

We also cover:

  • Toilet training

  • Socialisation checklist

  • Learning positive training techniques

  • Puppy problems e.g. chewing and mouthing, jumping up, etc

  • Basic obedience skills: sit, down, stand, recall, leave it, lead walking

  • How to enhance puppy/owner relationship

  • Puppy parents will also gain an understanding of canine communication, to help understand why your puppy behaves the way it does

How to prepare for the puppy training classes:

  • Your puppy should wear a collar and be on a lead (no choker chains please).

  • Please don't feed your puppy before the class and instead bring your puppy's dinner kibble or high-value treats with you to be used as a training aid.

  • Please do not bring your puppy to class if he/she is unwell. We suggest that you still attend the class yourself to observe what is being discussed.

  • Please toilet your dog before coming to class.

  • Classes are limited to two persons per puppy. If you have more than two family members interested in participating, we suggest alternating weeks between you to give everyone a chance to attend.

Enrol online (see below):

Cost is $220 for the 4 week course.

To ensure the best protection for your puppy, puppies will need to have had their 1st set of vaccinations to attend.

Payment for Puppy Classes is due within 48 hours of enrolling to secure your place. Our classes are usually over-subscribed, so we may need to offer the space to the next puppy waiting to join the class if payment has not been made.

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Terms & Conditions

  1. All dogs must have had their first set of vaccinations to attend. The training area is sanitised daily to a very high standard. All dogs attending are fully vaccinated. Every attempt is made to prevent any spreading of disease, although this cannot be guaranteed 100%.

  2. Up to 2 persons per dog may attend. We don't want the experience to be overwhelming for the dogs.

  3. If your dog is sick, please let us know and do not bring them to class. We suggest you still attend the class yourself, or we will supply you with the information missed, or organise a replacement session.

  4. By enrolling for this programme you give us permission to hold your data in accordance with our privacy policy (see main Terms and Conditions at bottom of page).

  5. Payment must be made in full before the programme starts. Payment can be made via direct credit (bank transfer).

  6. Weekday programmes will start promptly at 7:30 pm.

  7. The course contents remain the intellectual property of Sophie Mills and Clever Canines.


Because the course is arranged in advance, and costs are incurred, once the course has commenced, I'm afraid we are unable to make a refund. If you wish to cancel please contact us at least 48 hours before the first session.

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