Doggy Daycare and Grooming Parlour in Perth | PawPals™️ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 06:42:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 How Often Should I Walk My Dog? Fri, 26 Mar 2021 05:21:46 +0000 Are you walking your furbaby as often as they need you to? Are you making time in your schedule to engage with them and make sure they are getting the most out of their time outside? Exercise is crucial for a pup’s health and happiness, so if you’re not sure how often you should be walking your dog, listen up!

So, how regularly?

As a general rule of thumb, dogs should be walked for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. This varies from pup to pup and is determined by a range of factors like breed, age, and schedule, so we recommend looking into a walk-my-dog calculator to find out. 


Different breeds have different needs. There are so many dogs in the world, and they all rely on varying levels of activity to remain healthy.                                                                                                        

  • Sheepdogs and cattle dogs: around 2-2.5 hours a day of exercise to be satisfied. It is vital to enrich them and try to work on their mental training too. 
  • Terriers: 1.5 hours of activity every day to keep them fit. 
  • Hunting dogs, schnauzer, greyhound: 1.5 hours of walking and physical activity required at least. 

Age, size and health conditions 

These three factors are essential as they will give or take time away from how long they should exercise based on their breed. Typically, younger pups will have more energy than the older ones, so how often you should walk them will change. When dogs get to middle-aged (5-8 years old), they can develop health conditions like arthritis that will prevent them from being as active as they once were. Older dogs can face other issues like hypothyroidism or diabetes too. Although your pooch may still be mentally engaged, their physical stamina can’t always keep up. 

Your schedule

It is tricky to work your schedule around what your dogs need in their routine. If you have a high energy dog, it can be hard to find two hours in your day to take them out for exercise. Working out a system to break up the activity can work for busy schedules. Walking your dog for an hour in the morning and then again at night is great because they will use up a lot of their spent up energy they have accrued overnight. This means while you are at work, they won’t be bouncing off the walls waiting for your return. Taking your pupper to a doggy daycare is also great for them to get some zoomies in and work off that energy. 

Why walk your dog?

The obvious answer is for them to get in some exercise, but have you ever thought beyond why we should exercise our dogs on the reg? One of the best parts about bringing your dog to the park is for socialisation. It is crucial for a puppy’s development that it interacts with others. Being comfortable around other dogs, humans and different animals is a great way to help your dog adjust to the world around them. This avoids anxiety and fear in later years. 

Dog walking tips

It is important to be prepared when going on a walk with your dog. Always remember to bring poo bags along with you. Please do not rely on the park to have them because you don’t want to be left high and dry without baggage disposal. Don’t be that person who leaves their dog’s mess behind. Be prepared. 

Water is essential for you and your pup. Australia is hot almost all year round, and when walking or running, you can quickly get dehydrated. Our dog walking tip is before you leave the house, always do the heat check of the pavement outside. If you can’t comfortably keep your barefoot or palm on the surface, it is too hot for your dog to walk on. You would hate for your dog to come back from a long walk with burnt paws and heatstroke. 

What can we do besides walking?

Walking or running your dog around is a great form of exercise, but there is so much more you can do to mix it up. Agility training is excellent because it is a new skill set for your pup. Once they know basic commands, you can teach them to jump over hurdles or crawl through tunnels. This isn’t for everyone, but an excellent idea for high-energy dogs looking for something new. 

Depending on how long your dog can walk in one go, taking your dog hiking can be amazing for both of you. Hiking is great for fitness and stamina, and you get to enjoy the beautiful nature surrounds. 

Obedience and tricks are the final way to get in your exercise without even leaving the house. When they are a puppy, you should teach them the basic commands, which will develop over time. Do some research to see which tricks you think will be useful for your dog, and head out to the yard or park to get in some practice. If you’re not sure where to start on this, come into our dog daycare in Perth for some puppy training skills you can take home. 

Once you learn how often you need to walk your dog, it can end up being a big commitment. If it is all sounding a bit overwhelming right now, enrol your pooch in with our team at PawPals where we can teach you the best way to work on your dog’s fitness. They can also come down and make some doggy pals and playmates. Give us a call today on 0433839729 (Malaga) or 0450358915 (Bassendean) to enquire. 


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Things to consider when leaving your dog home alone Wed, 17 Feb 2021 04:44:44 +0000 The thought of leaving your dog at home is a tough one. You want to spend as much quality time with them as possible, but the adults have to work, and the kids have to go to school. It isn’t easy leaving your pup at home. But we have a few tips and helpful info about what to consider when leaving your dog home alone.

How do I entertain my dog when alone?

The key to leaving your dog home alone while you’re at work is to keep them busy. We love food dispenser toys because they are entertaining but also mentally stimulating for your pooch. One of our top recommendations to entertain your dog while home alone is the Aussie Home Alone Toy. Dry food is placed in the ball and is randomly dispensed. The dog is entertained by the ball and is also getting the reward of food to keep stimulated. They come in different sizes to suit all dogs. Interactive dog toys are a winner for keeping your dog distracted and busy while you’re away from home. You don’t want your dog going mindless while you are away because this can lead to destruction or obedience issues.


Homemade dog toys to keep them busy

It takes a while to start trusting your dog home alone. Interactive dog toys are great, but they can be expensive. So we have a few DIY options we use for our pups to keep your dog entertained in the yard. Creating a swinging tyre is great for bigger dogs. Placing treats in the tyre will pique their interest and keep them engaged. Make sure the rope is sturdy enough and that there is no way your dog can be injured. 

One that will distract them for a big chunk of the day is the ice block method. Freeze some snacks or leftovers in a container of water to create a frozen treat. They will have to lick to get to the treat or wait patiently for it to melt. 

Dispersing a container of treats and snacks throughout the garden will mean they have to spend their time hunting for it. This will stimulate their mental activity and keep them excited. Keeping your dog home alone has never been so easy!


Tips to help reduce stress levels when leaving your pet home alone

How you say goodbye to your dog in the morning while you go to work is one of the most vital parts of the process. It is essential to not make a big deal about leaving them. Say goodbye and then make your way out. Giving them too much affection before you leave can increase their anxiety when you’re gone and be detrimental to any attachment issues. 

Trying to tire them out in the morning can help them relax while you’re gone. Going for a morning walk or swim at the beach to use up all of that energy they built up overnight. If your pup is full of beans while you’re away for the day they are likely to cause some havoc while home alone. 

Dogs can thrive off routine. If you have a regular walking and feeding schedule morning and night, they will know what to expect. If you usually walk and eat in the morning and then do the same at night, when you leave them, they will be confident you are coming back later to finish off their daily routine.

Sometimes it can sound harsh the things we need to do to make the process easier. If it sounds too overwhelming, why not bring your dog to our PawPals girls to keep them entertained a few days a week? Here they can learn to socialise and play with other dogs while building other important skills. 

We know the thought of leaving your dog home alone while you’re at work is stressful. If you have any questions or need some guidance, drop us a line and have a chat with one of our team members today. Malaga – 0433839729 Bassendean – 0450358915

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Dog-Friendly Activities in Bassendean Wed, 27 Jan 2021 07:44:09 +0000 Want to spend quality time with your pup but are running out of ideas to keep you both entertained? Well, you are in luck! Our team at PawPals have scouted the area and have come up with a list of dog-friendly activities in Bassendean for you and your furbaby all year round. So, if you are tired of asking “are dogs allowed”, jump on this activity list now.


Stand up paddleboarding with your dogs – need we say more! What better way to spend these hot summer days than in the water surfing with your pup. This pet-friendly activity is suitable for any human and any dog as the instructor will help you all the way. PUPS and SUPS run every Sunday morning (weather permitting) at Sandy Beach Reserve in Bassendean, with prices starting at $30 per hour with season and family passes available. Head over to their website right now to start your dog adventure! 

The Bassendean Hotel 

This is one of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Perth, and it happens to be right on our doorstep! The Bassendean Hotel is the perfect place to kick back with your friends and fur babies. There is a shaded deck area where the dogs can sit, and they also get their own water bowl. Enjoy a drink or two with your pup at The Bassendean Hotel on 25 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean.

Dog exercise areas

Some of our favourite exercise areas in the Town of Bassendean are:

– Anzac Terrace Reserve

– Ireland Way

– Palmerston Square

– May Holman

– Pickering Park

– Troy Street

– Parmelia Way

– Freeland Way

– Mary Crescent

– Padbury Court


 All of these parks and reserves allow dogs to be off the lead. Many of these have large spaces to run around and play fetch in, as well as barbeques and playgrounds perfect for family gatherings. Make sure to be aware of your dog’s behaviour and do the right thing to keep these areas accessible for all.

Willing Coffee Guildford

This spot is perfect for coffee-loving pups and owners. Take your dog down for a puppacino, and they will get a free dog treat too! The staff here love puppers of all kinds to enjoy their dog-friendly dining. They are open from 6:30 am – 4:00 pm every day and sit on 110 Terrace Rd, Guildford. Get down for a cupper with your pupper!  

There is a lot to keep you and your dog busy every day. It is bound to get messy with so many social event, so come down for one of our dog grooming services in Bassendean after your big adventures. Head over to our ‘grooming’ section on the website to see what grooming services your pup will need or give us a call on 0450 358 915. Enjoy your doggy day out!


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Basic Puppy Training Guide Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:09:26 +0000 Our team at PawPals have been in the dog business for a long time now. We are passionate about creating the best start for you and your new pup. Many of our clients ask us for our advice on the basics for puppy training so today we are bringing you just that.  

How do I prepare my puppy for bringing home? 

Bringing a new puppy home can be an exciting but scary thought because there are so many new things to learn. There is puppy obedience, puppy behaviour, dog commands, leash training, dog grooming. It can be overwhelming. The first thing to remember is that it is new for them too. Keep the initial interactions in the home relaxed and let them explore and get conformable. Introduce them to the rooms they can enter, where they will sleep, eat and go to the bathroom. Once they have settled in and you are both comfortable around each other, it is time to start some basic puppy house training and setting up a routine.  

What is the first thing you should train your puppy? 

House and name training is the first essential step in the training process. If the connection isn’t strong between you and your pup yet, basic dog training commands won’t work. Go through name exercises so they will recognise when you are calling them. Start introducing house and puppy toilet training for the first few weeks until they have mastered this initial task. Overloading them with sit and come commands will be too much for a young dog. Once you have established house rules and name training, you can move on to more basic dog training exercises.  

What are the basic dog commands? 

Most obedience training classes and training tips will focus on commands like how to sit, drop, stay and come.  

Sit – the dog will sit on a verbal, hand, clicker or whistle command.  

Stand – the dog will stand on a verbal, hand, clicker or whistle command (useful for vet visits or dog grooming). 

Drop – the dog will lie down on a verbal, hand, clicker or whistle command. 

Come – the dog returns to the owner on a verbal, hand, clicker or whistle command. 

These are the basic level of training that we suggest working on before trying anything else. We offer puppy training classes that target behavioural issues and how to combat them like barking and jumping. Socialisation is also a key element to the future success of your puppy and is the reason why we love doing our classes in diverse groups. When we include a range of dogs of different breeds and sizes, the new dogs can have a chance to get comfortable with others.  

What age should you start leash training a puppy? 

We say the sooner, the better! The longer we wait for our puppies to start learning, the more space we are leaving for poor behaviour to sneak in. It is easy for a new puppy to push boundaries and break the rules because we are more lenient. You can start as early as 8 weeks old. The goal is for them to walk politely and remain relaxed when distracted by people or other animals. Make sure you are consistent with the wording you use – whether that’s “forward, “heel” or “let’s go”. Dogs thrive on consistency, so changing your routine will confuse them. We offer a range of puppy training classes for all ages that provide tips for leash training. Head over to our website to explore what puppy obedience training is best for you and your dog.  

Tips on puppy training 

Our main recommendation is consistency and routine. If you want your dog to learn, it is up to you to stick to a training schedule. Have a checklist of what you want to learn and dedicate time multiple times a week to working on those new skills. Don’t give up because this will lead to poor behaviours which are often unbreakable as the puppy grows up.  

So, is puppy training something you are ready to get stuck into? Head over to our website to see what classes we offer and what will fit in with your puppy and lifestyle. If you have any further questions, drop us a line on 0433 839 729 (Malaga) or 0450 358 915 (Bassendean). We can’t wait to meet you and your new pup! 

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Can I feed my dog raw meat? Tue, 01 Dec 2020 06:31:38 +0000 There is a constant debate about what you can and cannot feed your dog, and raw meat is the main one we seem to never agree on. Dog owners and veterinarians often take different sides, so what is the real answer? Let's discuss the advantages and disadvantages of raw meat feeding, so you have the means to make a decision for what is best for your pup.

Many resources say feeding your dog raw meat or natural foods is okay. The term natural foods include fresh human-grade raw meat, raw meaty bones and finely-cut vegetables. Not all bones are suitable for dogs, so consult your vet to see if your breed can manage. Human-grade raw meat is recommended as many pet foods labelled 'raw meat' have preservatives in them to keep them fresh. This can end up being a danger to your dog's health.

Pros of a raw meat diet
Research says there are many benefits to feeding your dog raw meat. One of these is shinier and healthier skin and coat. When your dog eats raw meat and bones, it can encourage cleaner teeth and fresher breath. A raw meat diet also promotes better weight control, more energy and increased mobility for an older pooch! A few other benefits of a raw meat diet include:
-Improved digestion
-Reduced allergy symptoms
-Smaller and harder stools
-Strengthened immune system
-Improved liver, pancreatic and bowel health

Cons of a raw meat diet
One of the main draws for a raw meat diet is the risk of parasites in the food your dog is eating. A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host. One of the main worries of a parasite is that it can be harmful to the dog eating them as well as for your family and other pets living in the home. Other non-parasite related threats include an unbalanced diet causing damage to your dog's health, and the risk of your dog choking on bones, breaking teeth, or puncturing something internally.

Protecting your dog from parasites
To ensure you are not feeding contaminated raw meat to your dog, choose a meat that is unlikely to carry a parasite. Talk to your vet for which meats are the best option for your dog. Secondly, buy your food from a trusted source with measures put in place to ensure there are no parasites in the meat they are supplying.

How do I introduce raw meat to my dog?
Slowly start to introduce a raw meat diet plan instead of making a complete switch straight away. To work out how much raw meat your dog should eat, give them approximately 2-3% of their weight daily and split this between two meals. If your dog is very active or less active, adjust accordingly. A calculation to accurately work the sum out is to multiply your pet's weight in pounds by these variants:
.02 (inactive/need to lose weight)
.025 (normal activity/maintain current weight)
.03 (for very active pets, or to gain weight)
Looking up raw dog food recipes, on a budget, or plans for beginners can be very helpful in the transition to see what is working for other owners.

Raw Feeding Safety Tips
It is essential for your own safety to ensure you are handling raw meat most safely. It comes with an increased risk of exposing your household to unwanted bacteria. Make sure to wash your hands before and after contact with anything it has touched. Always separate your own food from the dog's food. Also, disinfect and sanitise working areas and prepping tools like bowls and knives. Finally, be sure to store the raw meat correctly. It is best to freeze the meat to avoid spoilage.

So if feeding your pup, a raw meat diet has always been a thought of yours, have a chat to your veterinarians to see what will work for you. If you have any questions for us, give us a call on
0433839729 (Malaga) or 0450358915 (Bassendean) to talk about dogs, grooming, and daycare!

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Why You Should Clicker Train Your Dog Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:11:28 +0000 If you are looking for a fresh take on personally training your dog, clicker training might be what you have been looking for. If working with your dog to learn new tasks through a rewards-based system, then let us break down all you need to know on clicker training your dog. 

What is clicker training, and how does it work? 

Clicker training is a science-based training that uses positive reinforcement and mark and reward-based training for dogs. The use of the clicker communicates the moment you wish for your dog to perform a specific task, which is then followed by a treat. Clicker training uses distinct sounds with designated behaviours, then rewarded with a treat. When practised regularly, your puppy will understand which action is required after each click, therefore learning new tricks and behaviours easily and quickly. Dogs of any age can start clicker training, and for many, the sooner, the better. 


How does clicker training help?

There are many ways that the use of puppy clicker training can assist you and your dog. One of the best elements of the training is the positive reinforcement aspect. When puppies work in a high rewards scenario, they are more encouraged to explore new skills and to perform better. These styles of training can also last longer without the puppy losing interest, as they are motivated to keep learning. Clicker training for dogs is also excellent for physical and mental ability. They are actively moving to learn the new skills and mentally adjusting to the clicker meaning and positive reinforcement. 

By getting your dog into puppy training school or training them yourselves as early as possible, you have a much greater chance of avoiding behavioural problems down the track. By utilising the clicker training method, you can teach them correct behavioural techniques early on. Training like this one-on-one with your puppy not only strengthens the bond between you both but increases our ability to communicate with each other. By clicker training puppies they will associate certain clicks with your desired action. Therefore, an understanding has been reached through this form of communication. 

Tips for how do use clicker training.

Although dog clicker training may sound easy, in reality, there is a lot of thought that needs to go into it. Firstly, accuracy is vital with the clicker. You must always click while the desired behaviour is being performed instead of after it has been completed. Give the dog the treat after they stop the desired action. If you do not give the dog a treat after every click, it weakens the training process and its ability to work on your dog. Your dog will quickly associate the click with a treat, and this is the first step to successful clicker training. Make sure to use the clicker when your puppy does something you like. 

We also suggest beginning this new style of training with easy tasks, perhaps ones they already know how to do. You could start with commands like sit, come, or handshake. If you like the task more than most, reward them with more treats, never more clicks. Remember that this is not command-based training; it is reward-based training. Your dog will not respond to all of your desired tasks simply because they haven’t learned them yet. If you see them doing a task in their own time that you like, use the clicker so they recognise this as a useful skill and one that the two of you can practice together.

So, do you want to know more about clicker training your dog or would like some extra help when it comes to training and obedience? Head over to the “Puppy Training’ page on our website to read up about what we offer and our training process to see if we can provide any assistance. Or give one of our team members a call on 0433 839 729 (Malaga) or 0450 358 915 (Bassendean) for more information. 


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Dog Training – Obedience Fri, 25 Sep 2020 06:28:51 +0000 Is it time to start teaching your dog some essential skills and strengthen the bond between the two of
you? Enrolling your dog into obedience training might be the next step for you both. Some see
obedience training as cruel or unnecessary, but really there are so many benefits and reasons why it is
vital for you and your dog, and we’ll explain why.

Why is it so important?

Many people question, is dog obedience training worth it, and is obedience training good for a dog? The
answer is YES! One of the primary reasons is to build the trust between you and your dog, to strengthen
the bond and create more of an understanding. Being able to communicate with your pet is necessary
for future development. It is one of the key aspects and takeaways of obedience training classes. When
you begin training together, they will start to understand words and body language, therefore increasing
your ability to communicate with them.

Dog obedience training is essential for dogs to stay physically and mentally stimulated. So by taking
them to a class where they can learn and be active ticks both of the boxes. Basic dog obedience training
classes will also encourage socialisation with other dogs and will allow them to continue to learn new

Some puppies struggle with behavioural issues when they first start in a new home. If these are not
addressed promptly, they can develop into more significant problems that are more difficult to fix. By
taking them to dog obedience training, they will learn the basics while you learn the tips on how to be
assertive and respected. Training will help your dog recognise you as the ‘leader’, and from there they
will follow your guidance.

When should a dog start obedience training?

The sooner, the better! Whether a new puppy has just come into your life or you have rescued an older
one, start training at the earliest convenience. The longer you wait, the higher the chances are of your
dog picking up bad habits or getting comfortable pushing boundaries and breaking the rules. Dog
obedience training isn’t only about training your dog but opening you up to what kind of guidelines you
want to set for your dog. So especially if you are a first-time dog owner, going to class as soon as
possible is beneficial for you both.

What kind of obedience training do we offer?

Here at PawPals Day Care, we have a few different dog obedience training classes dependent on age and
what you are wanting to get out of the training. Our ‘Puppy Kindy’ is designed for dogs aged 7 – 16
weeks with a focus on household manners, confidence building, and leash walking. For dogs over this
age bracket, we have ‘Level 1 Class’ for pups from 4 – 12 months of age who still need help with their
manners. In this class, we focus on behavioural problems, engagement exercise, and lots of socialisation.
Both courses are six weeks along and are rewards-based training. Puppies must be vaccinated before
attending class. For more information on our classes head over to our website.

What is basic obedience training for dogs?

On a basic level, most obedience training classes will focus on the main tips and tricks to learn like how
to sit, drop, stay and come. Many courses will then target some of the behavioural issues that affect

many dogs and owners and how to combat them. These problems can be barking and jumping up. Leash
walking is another essential skill that many dogs and owners must learn as being active and going
outdoors is a must. Finally, socialisation is an integral part of training and one of the main reasons why
classes are done in diverse groups. By including dogs of all sizes and breeds, your pup has the chance to
become comfortable with others.

So if dog obedience training is sounding like something you and your pup need to get a handle on, why
not explore our website today. Or, if you give one of our experts a call we can discuss what options we
have that will suit you and your dog. We can’t wait to hear from you! (Malaga 0433 839 729 and
Bassendean 0450 358 915).

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Puppy Socialisation 101 Mon, 31 Aug 2020 15:11:17 +0000 Getting a new puppy can be an exciting but stressful time. There is a new personality in your home, and it is up to you to give them the best start to life. Our team at PawPals have all of the information you will need to get the ball rolling on helping your puppy put its best paw forward! One of our main tips is to get your puppy socialising as soon as you can. So, listen up for all the info on our puppy socialisation checklist.
What is socialisation, and why is it important?
Socialisation is the activity of mixing socially and relating to others. When it involves your puppy, social skills are not just between you and other family members. Mixing with other dogs and animals, as well as household objects that may come across as a presence in the home is essential. New puppies need to become comfortable with things like household appliances, particularly ones that make unfamiliar noises like a vacuum. Dogs who do not socialise may develop fears of other animals or objects. This can develop into behavioural issues that are difficult to fix when they get older. The sooner you begin a puppy socialisation plan, the better.
Puppy socialising and vaccinations
Many people are unsure if their puppy can socialise before vaccinations occur. Vaccinations should be one of the first things to organise when you welcome your puppy into the home and eventually to the outside world. Vaccinations help keep you puppy healthy and safe when mingling with other animals and exploring outside the home. You must not let your dog socialise with any other dogs until they have had their vaccinations. This is not only for the safety of your puppy but for that of others too. So if you have a dog who is over eight weeks old and has been vaccinated, they are ready to meet other dogs and begin puppy socialisation classes.
The socialisation period for puppies

The socialisation period for puppies is between the ages of 8 – 16 weeks. Slowly encouraging your puppy to get to know other animals, sounds, materials, and objects is something you can begin before the key puppy socialisation period. Every effort counts and will help your puppy be more confident in the future, so encouraging them to explore the world around them is crucial for development.
What should you get out of a puppy training class?
In puppy socialisation classes, you want your dog to be meeting a wide range of dogs, so going to a school that encourages class diversity is essential. Puppies need to become comfortable around other dogs and being around new humans too. Being touched, petted, and picked up are among some of the skills they need to learn. . You want your puppy to learn skills that will prepare them for life outside of the classroom, so being comfortable around animals, people, places, and experiences is essential.
PawPals training class process
Our Puppy Kindy at PawPals Day Care is the perfect class for you and your puppy if both of you are ready to start learning to socialise. The skills learnt in this puppy socialisation class will set your puppy up for success outside of the classroom. We offer spots for all breeds and sizes of puppies to boost confidence levels when mixing with a diverse range of new faces. We cover many lessons like confidence-building exercises, household and playtime manners, and leash walking.
So if your new puppy is ready to start learning and socialising, give us a call on 0433 839 729 (Malaga) or
0450 358 915 (Bassendean). If you want to learn more about the importance of socialising and how we
can help you and your new pup get the best start to life, let's chat.

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Tips For Choosing The Right Puppy Training School Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:42:03 +0000 Is your puppy ready to start socialising, learn about obedience and some tricks along the way? Are you weighing up whether puppy classes are a good idea or could you just do it yourself? We know how overwhelming it can be to find the right puppy school in Perth, so here is our guide to puppy training.

Why is attending a puppy class so important?

There are many benefits to a group training class for you and your puppy. Getting to know a professional trainer will help as having someone who knows your dog as well as you do will aid in their training progression.. A professional teacher will understandyour puppy’s needs and can provide feedback as they give your four legged-friend the best puppy training in Perth. Their years of experience with all kinds of puppies means they know what bad behaviours to keep an eye on and can share their best puppy obedience training tips.

The importance of early socialisation

Whether you are tossing up between home-schooling or looking to start at a puppy training school, one thing to remember is that either way, learning how to socialise with other dogs is crucial for your puppy. If you want your dog to socialise at the park and have the best experiences possible then puppy training is a must. Group training sessions are perfect so your puppy will be learning and bonding with the other dogs as you do the same with the owners! Puppy training is a great place for you to meet other puppy parents. Puppy playdate anyone? You want your pup to feel comfortable around others so that you can trust them at the dog park or beach without you needing to always restrain them.

How to pick the right puppy training school

When looking into tips on puppy training in Perth and seeking the help of a professional trainer, there are a few factors to look out for to find the best fit. Firstly, is it the style of class that you intended? Weigh up whether you want a group simply for socialising, only training and obedience, or a mix of the two. Puppy classes are a great idea for any goals so do your research and decide what kind of training you want for your puppy.

Look into the classroom requirements and how the class management operates. Where are they located? Are they on top of puppy vaccinations and overall health of participants? Is it a well-kept environment and do they sanitise and spot clean regularly and efficiently? These are all critical elements to investigate before enrolling in any puppy obedience and training facilities .

So, when to start puppy training? Generally, the best time to start obedience school is between the ages of seven to 16 weeks. But it is never too late to start puppy training! Contact one of our professional trainers to chat about the best puppy training method for your dog and at what age we take enrolments.

Your chosen training course must have a calm and controlled area for your puppy to learn. Chaotic and uncontrolled learning environments can stress out new puppies and make them fearful of coming back. Many puppy training schools have low numbers of participants to keep the class controllable while also offering more attention and feedback to each puppy.

Finally, make sure all trainers have the necessary qualifications to be guides in your puppy training. It is important to do all the research you can when choosing a puppy training school in Perth as this will shape the dog your puppy will become.

If starting at puppy training school is something you and your pooch are ready for, come and have a chat with one of our puppy professionals over at PawPals. Give us a call at either our Malaga (0433839729) or Bassendean (0450358915) centres or head to our website for more info ( We can’t wait to meet you and your puppy very soon!

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Puppy Training Tips Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:30:42 +0000 So you’ve decided to take your puppy’s obedience to the next level and enrol them in a puppy training program. At Paw Pals we love seeing the growth of our furry students sky-rocket and the relationship between you and your four-legged best friends get stronger! Whether you have enrolled your dog in a puppy training school or tackling teaching obedience yourself, it is important to have a guide to puppy training. Below we’ve created our top puppy obedience training tips so your dog can put his or her’s best foot forward!

1. Be consistent
Our number one tip on puppy training is be consistent! If your pup is enrolled in a weekly class but doesn’t have any training at home they will not be able to retain all their new skills! Practice obedience every day and each training technique for at least five minutes at a time. Although training is important, so if playtime and relaxing. Keep your designated lesson times short to keep your dog stimulated.

2. Start training early
When to start puppy training? The sooner the better. Even with the start of your puppy training on the horizon ask the trainers what behaviours and actions you can start teaching from home. Let them socialise with other dogs so they aren’t overwhelmed at their first lesson. At Paw Pals we have puppy training programs from anywhere between 7 weeks to 4 months old. After your professional or home training sessions, always end these sessions on a good note, even if they drove you bonkers the whole time!

3. Reward good behaviour
Our hearts melt when we see the look of love from the puppies towards their owners at puppy training school. Reward them with treats but even more with your affection and attention. All they want is to make you happy! Use heaps of praise towards your dog all day to help build a strong bond. Practise commands in all different locations, out on walks, in the backyard and inside so they can learn to respond no matter what the surroundings are.

4. Be specific
When it comes to combatting their desire to jump up on yourself or strangers, rather than reprimand them with a stern shouting of their name, try and be more specific. Rather than shouting “no” try “down” or “sit”. If they start to go to the bathroom in a place they shouldn’t, take them to a place they should instead. Our puppy training tip for nipping is responding with a reaction that shows it hurt you but continue to play gently, they will learn slowly!

5. Choose the right program
It’s important to research puppy training programs and obedience schools before you jump to enrolling your dog. Effective puppy training in Perth will cover basic household manners like sitting, settling, and how to walk on a leash correctly. They should also teach their owners how to combat some frustrating doggy behaviours like jumping up and barking and encourage socialisation with other dogs. Read reviews from customers on their website or Facebook page to see how graduates of the puppy training found their tips on puppy training!

These tips on puppy training is a great place to start your pups journey to being the most well-mannered dog in Perth. If you’re ready to take the training to the next level take a look at our puppy training program. We offer Level 1 Classes for pooches between 4-12 months old and Puppy Kindy for puppies aged 7-16 weeks. If you are interested in more guidance to puppy training give us a call and we are happy to chat with you about our puppy obedience programs in more detail.

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