Your puppy starts learning at a very early age, and puppy playschool is designed to provide positive opportunities for early learning and socialisation. It is the first step in developing your dog’s future behaviour, and your role as a responsible dog owner.

The classes are held at McMaster and Heap Veterinary Practice, which provides a safe environment for the puppies, and repeated positive experiences to our clinic promotes stress-free future visits later on.

The Puppy Classes are a fun interactive class that focuses on your young pup’s needs.  These include:

  • Socialisation to other puppies and people in a positive way
  • Basic behaviours such as sit, down, stand, stay, come and leave
  • Toileting in the correct area
  • Information about health care and nutrition

This four week class is for puppies 8 to 14 weeks of age, and it is a requirement that they have had their first vaccination before attending..  The cost is $125 and is held on Monday nights at 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

You are encouraged to bring any other family members along, as it is good for puppies to socialize with people of all ages. This will also ensure your puppy is taught and cared for in a consistent manner by the whole family, with everyone “being on the same page”.

Before you come along each week, please take time to exercise your puppy, and encourage it to go to the toilet. If an accident does happen, not to worry, but we do want to minimise the odds. Please carry your puppy in your arms from your car to the clinic. We can assure you the inside of the clinic is free from dangerous viruses, but the car park may not. Just a reminder, all puppies are to have had at least their first vaccination for the safety of your puppy, and others attending.

The Good Mannered dog class is for puppies and dogs that are fully vaccinated.  This 6 week course focuses in strengthening the relationship and communication between the dog and owner.  It is held outside on Saturday mornings.  It includes teaching:

  • Behaviours such as: sit, down, stand, leave and stay
  • Walking nicely on the lead
  • Off lead recall
  • Not jumping
  • Clicker training
  • Confidence around other people and dogs
  • Tricks, tunnel and games

The cost for this course is $180


Phone:  027 419 8524

328 7440

Email:  cofry@ihug.co.nz


Colleen is cofounder of Dog Sense that has provided puppy and dog training in Christchurch for 17 years. She received her NZQA Qualification in Dog Training and Handling Management in 1999. She continues her education through reading and seminars given by the Top Professionals in Training and Behaviour. Some of these include:  Dr. Ian Dunbar, Bob Bailey, Sophia Yin, Dr. Susan Friedman, Steve White, John Rogerson, and others. This means classes are always being improved.

Prior to moving to New Zealand, Colleen was involved in the council for the Humane Society in Idaho, USA. She fostered dogs and cats and found adoption families. Colleen is currently involved in the sport of dog agility and training for fun. She is passionate about people and animals benefiting one another.  Colleen has never been without animals and now shares her life with two Labrador cross Golden Retriever dogs and two cats.

Here are some links with useful information which we give out in class:

Downloadable books have lots of good information. Here is  “Before You Get Your Puppy” and “After You Get Your Puppy” as a PDF File.

Here is some information about clicker training. 



Here is a website that explains how to have your puppy walk nicely on the lead.

  Here is comprehensive information on toilet training taken from Ian Dunbar’s book.




This is a video on clicker training.