Training your Puppy is all about


Inge's Puppy School, Helderberg region, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Strand and Gordons Bay

About Inge's Puppy School

Inges Puppy School specialises in puppy pre-school training classes, socialisation and basic obedience using positive reinforcement method. We are based in the Helderberg region, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Strand and Gordons Bay.

The Critical Period

Puppy pre-school is specifically designed for puppies between the ages of 8 to 12 weeks.  This period is known as the critical period of a pup’s life as they are extremely accepting of new situations and experiences.

  • Different people (men, women, children, various age groups).
  • Strange objects (skateboards, bicycles, hats, umbrellas).
  • Other animals (cats, birds, hamsters, horses, other puppies and of course adult dogs.
  • Strange noises (television, vacuum cleaners, washing machine, radio, traffic noises)
  • Funny smells (cleaning agents, perfumes, cigarettes, exotic foods).
  • This early period (8 – 16 weeks) is considered the most critical time of a dog’s learning phase.  

The Window of opportunity

Although it is important to continue to expose your dog to as much as possible throughout adolescence, missing this ‘window of opportunity’ can lead to a life time of fear and possibly aggression for some dogs.

Another important aspect of Puppy Pre-School is to equip you, the puppy parent, with the skills and knowledge to make your puppy a pleasure to live with for the rest of its life.  You will learn how to train your puppy, to properly care for your puppy and to make sure your puppy is sociably acceptable.

In case you miss any information or just want to give us feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is puppy socialisation?


Puppy pre-school socialisation is an opportunity for young pups to learn how to interact with other pups and humans. It allows them to interact with other breeds of dogs besides their own breed!

What do we do during the course?


Our courses consist of teaching your pup basic good manners (sit, stay, down, leave, no jumping, loose lead walking). We advise on house training, parasite control as well as feeding. We also have a simple obstacle course where pups gain confidence, master their muscle control and generally have fun. Pups also have an opportunity for off lead play.

How old should my puppy be?


We accept pups from 8 weeks, provided they have had their first inoculation. We have a ‘safe’ zone for the pups wherein we need you to bring your proof of inoculation when registering your pup. It is not necessary to wait until puppy has had this third inoculation. By that time the window of the critical period is almost closed.

How often are the classes


Classes are once a week on a Saturday for 6 weeks and each sessions lasts for about an hour.

How much does it cost?


Puppy socialization classes fee is R550.00 per course. Further courses on application.

What must I bring?


A collar and lead for your pup, some delicious treats as well as a poop bag…..and of course your pup and yourself!

Can my children attend?


Yes, children over the age of 10 may partake in class provided they are accompanied by a parent (or an adult) . Children under the age of 10 may visit and observe under supervision.