Nurturing Thinking Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

Kristina, our head trainer, demonstrating grooming handling on a puppy in a group class in campus.


Enquiries about private and group classes.

Both group and private classes cover the same lessons, and they each have their own advantages as well as disadvantages. So, how do you decide which class works out better for your pup and you?

When are group classes a better fit?

Group classes are generally great for puppies going through their critical socialisation period. They will learn not only from the trainer, but also their puppy peers. The higher levels of distraction is also good for pups to practice where to focus their attention on and what to ignore. Owners, too, can also feel like they’re not alone in learning how to handle a growing pup.

Note: Group classes are suspended until further notice.

When are private classes a better fit?

If your pup is shy or easily distracted, or if your older pup prefers a quieter environment, private classes might be a better choice. For our private classes held in-campus, your trainer may select an older, more experienced dog from Day School to meet your pup when the lesson calls for it – so your pup will still get some exposure to another dog peer matched to his/her personality.

Your pup and you will also get the trainer’s full attention, so you’re able to ask more specific, in-depth questions relating to your pup and any questions you might have. This also means that you can adjust your training plan according to what your pup and you need more.

Here are also some other questions to consider:

  1. Is your pup outgoing or shy?
  2. Does your pup have any special issues?
  3. Is there a specific goal you want to meet with your pup?
  4. How flexible is your schedule?
  5. Do you prefer a quieter environment and a more focused learning environment?

We offer 3 different types of classes: Puppy classes, Teenage classes, and Behaviour Modification.

For Puppy classes and Teenage classes, you have the choice of a group class or a private class.

For Behaviour Modification, we are only taking cases from referrals by veterinary professionals at the moment.

In summary, these are the classes we offer:

Puppy ClassesTeenage Classes
Little Paws (group class)Teenage Paws (group class)
Puppy Life Skills (private class)Teenage Life Skills (private class)

Each class comprises of six lessons (a full semester). You also have the option of four lessons too (a mini-mester).

Each lesson is an hour long.

Yes, we can! For locations outside of district 9, 10, 11, there will be an additional transportation cost of S$50 per visit for core central area, and S$100 for outside core central area.

Puppy classes cover basic skills and common problem prevention.

Basic skills generally include understanding of the following:

— Stay;
— Sit;
— Down;
— Recall;
— Leave it; and
— Drop.

Common problem prevention include the following:

— Independence training;
— Potty training;
— Anti-jumping;
— Low-stress handling (teaching your dog to love being groomed and checked);
— Food bowl exercise to prevent resource guarding; and
— Handling play biting & chewing.

For more information, please read either the Little Paws (group class) or Puppy Life Skills (private class) training programme pages! Do note that every pup is different, therefore one puppy may excel more at one thing and other puppies may excel more at the other. This is normal.

Teenage classes are for owners who wish to further their pup’s education, so these classes cover intermediate skills that build on the foundation of what they’ve learnt in puppy classes. It also helps to maintain your pup’s confidence as they grow through adolescence into their adult phase. Similar to puppy classes, you have the choice of a group class or private class.

Intermediate skills include the following:

— Sit—Stay;
— Down—Stay;
— Come;
— Hand target;
— Go to mat;
— Polite walking;
— Wait at the door; and
— A fun trick.

For more information, please read either the Teenage Paws (group class) or Teenage Life Skills (private class) training programme pages!

If you’re planning to enrol your pup into a private class (Puppy Life Skills or Teenage Life Skills), you can discuss them with your trainer. They will then adjust the curriculum accordingly to your needs.

At 7 months old, your dog is entering their teenage phase. The Teenage classes will be a more suitable fit to address their teenage phase.

If you’re still undecided, do drop us an enquiry in our contact form or email us at [email protected].

Please include the following in your enquiry:

— Your name;
— Your pup’s name, age, gender, breed;
— What you would like to achieve; and
— Challenges you may be facing currently with your pup (if any).

Day School

Enquiries about Day School.

In order to enroll your pup into the Montessori School, your pup and you will first have to finish either the Little Paws (group class) or Puppy Life Skills (private class) training programme. You may express your interest with your trainer during class to begin the registration process.

At the moment, we are only accepting registration for puppies younger than five months old for school (after completing their training programme), due to their narrow socialisation window. You may read more about the Montessori School here!

All Montessori School students are required to complete either the Little Paws (group class) or Puppy Life Skills (private class) training programme so that everyone starts on the same baseline when they enter school.

There is also a structured curriculum for school that is updated frequently, in tandem with the most current sciences in disciplines such as Neurology, Ethology, and Animal Behaviour to meet the needs of our furry companion.

In Montessori School, your pup will learn how to socialise with other carefully selected dogs in a supervised environment. The curriculum also includes a training session, where they practice an existing skill or learn something new. Throughout the day, they will also get ample rest time in between play and training.

You may read more about the Montessori Day School here!

As all students are required to complete either the Little Paws (group class) or Puppy Life Skills (private class) training programme, you will have a better idea of your pup’s needs through the programme. You can also speak with your trainer about your interest in the Montessori Day School to see if school is what your pup needs.

There are four parts of the enrolment process:

1) Temperament assessment

Your dog’s behaviour will be assessed to see if he or she is suitable for Day School. If your dog is shy or has any behaviour problems, you may be advised to attend other training programmes to reach a level where he or she can be comfortable in a Day School environment.

2) Placement test

The placement tests is a session to determine which play and learning group your dog fits into. It will take about 15-30 minutes. This also serves as an introduction for you dog, so that he or she can ease into the school environment without getting overwhelmed.

Should your dog pass the initial temperament assessment and placement test, he or she will start attending day school. Do note that passing the Temperament assessment and Placement test is only half of the enrolment process. It is not a 100% guarantee of being in day school yet.

3) First day at Day School

During your training programme, your trainer will advise you on whether your dog is suitable to attend the full day, or if your dog should start off with a shorter duration of day school (so that he or she can transition to the school environment smoothly).

As your dog settles into day school, he or she can transition into attending the full day. You can either send your dog to school yourself, or engage a pet transporter to fetch your dog to school.

4) First month at Day School

Our day school teachers will monitor and assess how your dog does in school. If any behaviour challenges affecting the dynamic and safety of the classes arise during day school, we may have to re-assess your dog’s suitability for day school, or may move your dog to a more suitable class at any time.

Once this process is completed successfully, your dog will officially be a student at our day school!

Our two schools are situated at:

182 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229853; and
78 Namly Place, Singapore 267229

We do not. You will have to send them to school yourself, or engage a pet transporter to do so!

Behaviour Modification

Enquiries about behaviour modification.

— Separation anxiety;
— On-leash reactivity;
— Fear of meeting new people (stranger danger);
— Resource guarding; and
— Vet check and grooming handling.
You can read more about behaviour modification here, with more details of the issues we specialise in :)
Our behaviourist uses systematic counter-conditioning to teach a new association to your pup to counter the undesired behaviour.

The behavioural assessment is conducted by our behaviourist to get a better understanding of your pup’s temperament and the undesired behaviour. As the causes of behavioural problems are multidimensional, our behaviourist will need some time with your pup and you to figure out the root cause in order to design a suitable treatment program for your pup.

The behaviour assessment will take 1.5 hours.

You can find out more about our Lead Dog Behaviourist, Kristina, here!

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