Karingal Vet Hospital

328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

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Dog Behaviour

Over time, your dog may develop some unhealthy behaviours. These can put a strain on their wellbeing, and on yours. Owners are often at a loss as to how to help their pet in these situations, can be confused as to the origin of these behaviours, and can attempt to fix them in negative, unhelpful ways. The litany of conflicting pet care tips online only confounds dog owners further.

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Puppy Behaviour

Our Puppy School is a positive, rewards-based training program. Designed for puppies aged between 8 and 14 weeks old, our four-week course follows the philosophies of Dr Sophia Yin, The Animal Welfare League of Australia (AWLA), and Australia’s accredited dog training body, The Delta Institute.

Puppy school is a vital part of your dog’s development, and can help prevent the onset of behavioural problems later in life. Dogs who attended puppy school typically have greater:

  • Safety: they know when to stop, stay and heal
  • Behaviour: they know what’s expected of them
  • Relationships: they know what to expect of you
  • Mood : they know how and when to calm down

In a safe, controlled environment, puppy school also gives puppies their first opportunities to socialise with other pets and people, crucial for healthy behavioural development.

We refer our behavioural cases to Dr Jacqui Ley. Dr Ley is one of three Veterinary Specialists in Veterinary BehaviouralMedicine in Australia. As well as being a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Scientists, she is also a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.

Dr Ley offers behavioural services at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. 

Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre – 03 9887 8844



328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 6 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-6pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Closed on Sundays,

* We are closed on public holidays.