Vicki’s Puppy Class Instructors’ Course (PCI)

Vicki Austin's
Puppy class
instructors' course

  • 20 x hours home-study
  • 18 x hours practical training sessions
  • 6 x hours final written assessment


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.


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.  

Vicki Austin (Mobile 0411390927)




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

PCI Class 9 – Open for enrolment – Commences 17th January 2022
Practical Days: Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th May 2022 at Calabash Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Arcadia (Sydney)
Webinar: 5pm (AEDT) Sunday 8th May 2022
Course Completion date: Sunday 11th September 2022
PCI Class 8 – Fully Enrolled (no vacancies) – Commences 1 December 2021 – Practical Days: Monday 21, Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 March 2022 at Calabash Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Arcadia (Sydney)