The Puppy Colours Montessori School concept and curriculum is the brainchild of Kristina, who developed it in a thesis during her Masters’ degree in Canine Life Sciences at Bergin University of Canine Studies (USA).
By extending the Montessori concept to dogs, we turn the focus towards helping our dogs develop real-world skills while taking their natural dispositions into consideration. Our dogs are naturally eager and curious about the world, so by providing them with a well-prepared environment to learn in, it encourages them to explore to increase their self-reliance and resilience, while nurturing their thinking abilities, which increases their agility in social skills.
Similar to Montessori preschool for children, your pup will learn, socialise and play. Students will arrive at school each morning to participate in a structured day according to the curriculum that they are enrolled to.
Our Montessori Day School programme runs from 10am to 3pm. Students will participate in a structured day according to the curriculum they’re enrolled in.
In the mornings, the pups get to play in supervised, small groups, where recall and basic manners are practised. Structured socialisation also continues on in school, where the teachers match pups of similar personalities together. After play, the pups get a training session, where they practice existing skills they know in different contexts, or learn something new.
Throughout the day, teachers will practice life skills and cues they’ve learnt in private class in a controlled social setting. The play groups are regularly rotated too, teaching the pups rest, regulation of their energies and staying calm, even with distractions.
During lunch, they get an hour to nap and recharge their energy. Before the day ends, they get to structured socialisation again until they’re picked up.
All new students need to complete either Little Paws (group class) or Puppy Life Skills (private class) training programme before they are eligible to join the Montessori Day School programme. This is to ensure all our students have the same foundation of life and social skills.
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. Do express your interest with any of our trainers during your training programme to get on the waiting list.
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Your dog’s behaviour will be assessed to see if he or she is suitable for school. If your dog is shy or have 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 school environment.
Your dog’s behaviour will be assessed to see if he or she is suitable for Day School. If your dog is shy or have 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.
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.
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.
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!
At the moment, we are only accepting Montessori School registration for puppies younger than five months old (after completing their training programme) who have completed either Little Paws (group class) or Puppy Life Skills (private class) training programme. You may let your trainer know you’re keen in enrolling your puppy and the registration will begin from there.