Puppies First Day
Like Children heading for School for the first time, a Puppies first day can be a daunting experience. Even their parents can feel a little lost. At Eastern our aim is to make you and your Puppy feel welcome right from the start. Believe me within a very short time your new Puppy and you will be feeling comfortable.
Puppies from eight weeks of age can attend the Branch and we encourage you to bring your family along to share in the experience. There is no better time to start training your Dog as at this early time in their lives, it is crucial to their socialization and well being.
Bring your Puppy up to the Clubhouse and without a doubt, you will be met with open arms, or your Puppy will. Our members love German Shepherds so expect everyone to want to see your new Puppy. Make yourself known and ask for help. You will be introduced to our membership Officer and Chief Instructor to help you find where things are.
You should arrive 15 to 20 minutes early so you have time to meet some of the Committee and Instructors along with having a chance to register your Puppy.
Our Membership Officer will take you through the forms when you are ready to join and introduce you around. Bring along any paperwork or Vaccination Certificates you might already have.
Some Common Questions people ask?
What should I bring with me to School?
• Soft Collar and lead. Make sure the lead is not too long – a meter or meter and a half is fine.
• Treats, make sure they are soft treats that smell good to your puppy e.g. small pieces of cooked sausage, cheese, chicken etc. Avoid dry hard biscuits as they are not so appealing or easy to nibble quickly.
• A favourite toy for your puppy to play with, that you can hold or tuck into your pocket.
• We recommend you invest in a “Bum-Bag” to make it easier to carry your reward treats, toy, Poo-bags, car keys, etc.
• If you have bought your Puppy through a GSDCV Breeder, Bring your free class coupons.
• Wear sensible shoes, i.e. runners, not loose sandals or thongs.
When can I start Puppy School?
• As soon as you collect your puppy from the breeder, bring it to class. Puppies need the socialisation of other puppies and dogs so they can continue learning doggy social skills.
Should I bring my own water bowl?
• We do provide several bowls of water around the ground, but you are welcome to bring your puppies bowl and fill it from the tap.
Should I feed my puppy before school?
• We recommend that you do not give your puppy breakfast before school. Firstly this may reduce the likelihood of your puppy feeling car sickness, also a puppy that is hungry will respond more enthusiastically to treat rewards.
What happens if the weather is hot?
• If the weather is hot the instructors will modify the activity level of the class to suit. We also set up paddle pools for the puppies to cool off & play in, as well as conduct classes inside the clubhouse, under the fans.
Classes are normally held for an hour. During this time your instructor will be happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to enjoy the services of the canteen after the class and chat with the other members of the branch. We all love to relax, share a coffee and talk about our dogs. Everyone is welcome to join in.
Familiarize yourself with “About Eastern”, our “Facilities”, “Committee and Instructors” and “Branch Rules and Guidelines” on this website. If there is anything you need to know don’t hesitate in asking. There are no stupid questions.