Puppy Preschool Albury Wodonga

Petfocus Vetcare Puppy Preschool in Albury Wodonga is the best way to gain the skills needed to raise a healthy, happy and sociable dog.

The Petfocus Vetcare Puppy Preschool our mission is to provide you with the best tools, expert information and support necessary to help you and your puppy gain a positive Veterinary practice based experience for a long term balanced relationship between you, your puppy and your Veterinary care provider.

Our Puppy Preschool is based on Australia’s leading behaviour expert, Dr Kersti Seksel’s principles.  Dr Seksel pioneered Puppy Preschool utilising the expertise of the Veterinary clinic environment as the ideal location to help minimise health and behaviour problems in dogs.  Dr Seksel developed Vet clinic based Puppy Preschool because of the alarming fact that statistically more pets died each year because of their behaviour than died of infection, metabolic and other diseases combined.

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Spaces are limited!
Puppy Preschool Intakes for 2022

January 4th
February 1st
March 1st

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Why is Puppy Preschool so important?

Each year thousands of dogs end up in pounds and rescue shelters (and are ultimately euthanised) due to behavourial problems. Puppy Preschool helps to educate you and your puppy and to begin the extremely important socialisation process, giving your puppy the best opportunity to become a happy, well-mannered member of your family.

Course Details


This is a four week course commencing on the first Tuesday of each month.


The course starts at 6:15pm each Tuesday.

Access Puppy Preschool Manual Below

Who Can Attend?

Our classes are designed for puppies between the age of 8 and 16 weeks and their carer. We have a limit of TWO people per puppy and although you are welcome to bring a child over 8 years of age these classes are designed for adults.


Please bring a collar and lead to class and a hungry puppy. We use treats for positive reinforcement so don’t feed your puppy for a few hours prior to class.

  • Background on a dogs’ natural “pack” behaviour and how this can help you to understand many of the behaviours displayed by your new puppy.
  • Why socialisation is so important and how to go about ensuring your puppy is well socialised.
  • Preventative medicines and their importance for a healthy happy puppy.
  • Effective methods of toilet training.
  • How to discipline your puppy.
  • When, where and how often to feed your puppy.
  • What is the best diet for my puppy and what shouldn’t he eat.
  • Dental Care – how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • Grooming your new puppy. Brushing, bathing and nail clipping, when to start and the particular needs of your individual puppy.
  • Fleas – What’s effective and what is not and how to avoid fleas explosions in your household
  • Exercise and play and the importance of it.
  • Training – The importance of training and the where, when and how.
  • Problem behaviours – chewing, digging and jumping up. Why puppies do it and effective ways to discipline.
  • Council Laws – What is required
  • Missing dogs – What to do if your new puppy goes missing
  • Expert presenters and guest speakers – such as our star vets, vet nurses and dog trainers.
  • Hospital and clinic tour & GRADUATION!

Course Trainers

Dr Renee Pigdon

Bachelor of Veterinary Science University of Melbourne
Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science
Senior Veterinarian
Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Sole Director and Owner of Petfocus Vetcare

Dr Renee Pigdon

Dr Renee is heavily involved in puppy classes and has a special interest in puppy behaviour and paediatric medicine.

Dr Renee grew up nurturing lots of animals on a small farm near Yackandandah Victoria and graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne in 1996.

In 2003 Dr Renee was awarded membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons for her advanced studies in Feline Medicine. She has since developed special interests in Canine and Feline Dermatology, Oncology, Internal Medicine and Soft tissue Surgery. Dr Renee’s love for the Border has kept her practicing right here in Albury Wodonga for the past 23 years.

Dr Renee is the owner of the practice and endeavours to ensure that Petfocus Vetcare provides superior personalised care to owners and their pets by offering individualised care and the best possible treatment options to suit the whole family.

She lives with her husband and four children plus their pets Scooter the Dog and George the cat and a menagerie of chickens and cattle.

Nadine is our Puppy Preschool organiser and is highly knowledgeable in everything puppy. She loves to have a chat about your pup and is terrific at trouble shooting those first few months.

Nadine has been vet nursing since 1999 and lives on a farm in Brocklesby with her hubby Stuart and their two children Michala and Darcy.

She joined Petfocus Vetcare in 2008 and her special interests lie in veterinary rehabilitation and she is one of our senior hydrotherapy technicians. She is also heavily involved in the surgical area and takes part in training up our trainee nurses in the surgical field.

Nadine has lots of animals, Douglas the Border collie, three Standard geese and three snails!

Nadine Ballentine

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
Diploma of Animal Technology
Senior Veterinary Nurse and Hydrotherapy Technician
Puppy Preschool and Laboratory Manager

Nadine with kitten

Dog Trainer
Rachel Townsend

Rachel is the owner of the Dog Training school ‘The Honest Canine’ and is our new enthusiastic and highly regarded dog trainer at Petfocus Vetcare.

Rachel has worked in the field of pet dog training and behaviour for a decade. Trick training has been a hobby of Rachels for many years and she discovered it on Dr Harrys Practice as a child.

Rachel is passionate about dogs and people and works hard to provide solutions, training and coaching that bring about better communication and connection between dog and owner.

This brings forth better listening skills from the dog and better skills of reading and understanding our dogs for pet parents. The Honest Canine works toward improving dog-human connections by understanding their needs and how to guide them through many different everyday situations. The training experience enables a deep dive into pet dog training and behavioural work.

Rachel particularly enjoys building quality independent decision making skills and works out ways to help dogs better regulate their emotional responses from being over excited to anxious, recluse or reactive.

The team at Petfocus Vetcare is excited to be bringing forth some of the core aspects of The Honest Canines work to puppy preschool to help lay down a foundation for better communication and connection with your puppy.