Vicki’s Puppy Class Instructors’ Course develops participants’ knowledge and skills to improve the likelihood of puppies living a long and happy life with their family. Participants will learn how to ensure every puppy and its family have an enjoyable and beneficial experience at puppy class.


Sneak Peek into the PCI course



If there is one thing that could most improve quality of life for dogs living in our society; it is correct early socialisation, during the critical puppy developmental phases. Improved dog breeder practices, combined with correct efforts by new puppy owners in this respect could make a huge difference.

I treat too many adult and adolescent dogs for behavioural problems that were caused by poorly operated puppy classes. The very people who mean to improve dogs’ lives, sometimes, unintentionally, create life-long pain and anxiety for dogs and their families.

Behavioural problems are the number one cause of death in other-wise healthy dogs. The large majority of these behavioural problems may have been avoidable through sound socialisation practices and an understanding of puppy vulnerabilities and limitations.

The Puppy Class Instructors’ Course aims to deliver appropriate knowledge and skills to participants to allow them to conduct Puppy Classes that ensure puppies are kept safe from experiences that can create or develop problem behaviour.

Course participants are provided with knowledge, techniques and skills to:

  • Provide advice and scenarios to puppy owners for appropriate enjoyable socialisation and environmental conditioning experiences.
  • Provide advice and strategies for the development of puppies’ independence to avoid the development of over-dependence, hyper-excitement and anxieties.
  • Implement strategies for the prevention of problematic behaviour development.
  • Introduce science-based, reward training programmes.
  • Provide advice and strategies for common puppy difficulties, including toilet training, nipping and biting and interactions with children.
  • Introduce appropriate play.

Make a difference!

A maximum of ten people will be allocated places for the three practical session days that will be held in Sydney at Calabash Kennels and Cattery at Arcadia.

The course can be conducted in alternative cities or regional areas if ten enrolments can be confirmed.

This course is suitable for:

Veterinarians, Vet Nurses, Dog Trainers, Puppy Class Instructors, Zoo Keepers, dog lovers and those wishing to commence instructing puppy classes.

About the PCI course

If we can 'get it right' during puppies’ critical phase development, we’ll be a part of the solution in reducing the numbers of dogs surrendered due to behavioural problems.

Self paced Home Study

20 hours of self-paced study materials which will be provided to each participant.

Practical Training & Webinar

Three days of practical training at Calabash Kennels and Cattery, Arcadia (Sydney)

Written Assessment

Successful completion of the written assessment (approximately six hours) is required in order to gain certification


A Certificate qualification will be issued on successful completion of the course materials and attendance, in entirety, of all three practical training days

Next PCI enrolment

Open for enrolment
PCI Class 13

Full Course Fees due: 1 July 2024 

Practical Training Days: 
Monday 21, Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 October 2024 at Calabash Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Arcadia (Sydney)

Webinar: 5:00 pm AEDT Sunday 13 October 2024

Completion Date: 17 February 2025

Each class is limited to 10 spots


Puppy Class Instructors Course


Price includes GST

  • 20 Hrs Self paced learning
  • 18 hrs Practical training sessions
  • 6 hrs written assessments
  • Certification from Austins' Dog Training Education

* A deposit of $100 will hold your place in the class until the date of full course fees are due.  The deposit can be refunded and enrolment cancelled up until this date.


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