Puppies!

We love them!

Just like a new human baby, a puppy can be both exciting and exhausting. We understand - we have been there too!

Do you want a trainer who is qualified, accredited and experienced to help you get it right the first time and at the very start of your lifelong journey - you have come to the right place!

Fiona from "Ruff House" came over to my home to give my family and me a consult on our new arrival Lizze the 9 week old border collie cross puppy. I found Fiona to be a wonderful source of information as we had never had a puppy or dog before. Everything from toilet training, diet recommendations, socialisation with our 2 cats and training Lizzie to sit were covered. I had a list of pre-prepared questions which Fiona answered with clarity. Even questions about collar and harness type were answered aswell as crating Lizzie. She was very generous with her time too and Fiona ensured us she was just an email away if we had further questions.

Diane with 9 week old Lizzie

New Puppy Preparation

1 hour consultation = $165* including fact sheets on topics discussed

* ask me about my seasonal discount offer

You have made the decision to get a new puppy. It might be your first ever puppy; your first puppy as an adult; your first puppy of a particular breed; or a puppy to fill a gap left by a much loved dog. Preparation is important! Where will puppy sleep and toilet? What are the best toys and bedding to get? How will puppy get on with the cat? How do you prepare your home for the teething stage? How do you clean up correctly after toileting mishaps? Do you need a doggie door? The list of questions can go on - and there will be questions you don't even know that you need to ask!

Don't worry - we have been there and done that - we can support you and set you up for success!

This face-to-face consultation will include covering all the areas you need to consider before the arrival of your new puppy. Your trainer will also be happy to review you home set-up to advise on issues to consider such as location of toileting and sleeping areas and puppy proofing.

Private Puppy Preschool Program

4 x 1 hour sessions = $480.00*

* ask me about my seasonal discount offer

Whether you live alone or in a family group - sometimes it is just too difficult to get to scheduled puppy classes. We understand. We are happy to provide in-home training for your new puppy and all family members at a time convenient for you all.

Your Private Puppy School Program will cover basic training and behavioural advice as well as toilet training, socialisation and more. If you have specific needs this can also be discussed with you.

Things covered in this four week program are:

  • Basic behaviours suitable for puppy level such as sit, drop down, go to bed, beginnings of loose lead walking and recall, body handling, target training, and eye contact.
  • Information provided to human family members would cover toilet training, jumping up, biting, socialisation, enrichment, sleeping at night, appropriate toys and games, dealing with existing pets, consistent communication and more.

If you are looking for a group puppy class - scroll down to the bottom of this page.

One-on-One Private Training Sessions

​Stand-alone consultation/training session - 1 hour - $165* (* ask me about my seasonal discount offer)

Package Prices *

2 Sessions - 2 hours of training - $310 (save $20)

3 sessions - 3 hours of training - $430 (save $65)

4 sessions - 4 hours of training - $550 (save $110)

5 sessions - 5 hours of training - $660 (save $165)

6 sessions - 6 hours of training - $760 (save $230)

* Ask me about my seasonal discount offer

You may have finished puppy school but have a few issues that need to be addressed or you would love to teach puppy additional behaviours that were not covered at puppy class. Your puppy may be too young to take to adult dog classes but you would like to continue with some training in the mean time. What ever the reason, we can certainly help you with any of your puppy training needs. 

  • Personalised training sessions that focus on you and your dog
  • Opportunity to ask questions without stress or interruption
  • In your home or a location of your choice
  • A training plan created just for you to provide structure and understanding
  • Training notes provided post consultation to remind you of all that was covered

Group Puppy Classes 

4 x 1 hour classes, weekly - $160.00

If you would like to share the experience of learning important puppy training and management basics - then a group class might just be the thing for you.  

Ruff House is proud to run group puppy classes at the wonderful Macquarie Veterinary Hospital at North Ryde. They are Fear Free accredited and Ruff House only uses force free training methods - so your puppy is in very caring hands. 


All classes are small with a maximum of 4 puppies.  There are a variety of class options available:

Puppy Preschool - for puppies from 8 to 16 weeks.

Late Bloomers - for puppies over 16 weeks and up to 20 weeks, who have not had any previous training

Senior Puppy - for puppies aged 16 weeks to 24 weeks - who have completed Puppy Preschool and would like to move to the next level

Teen Skill Building - for puppies aged 24 weeks to 1 year of age - who have completed Puppy Preschool and moving into that tricky teenage stage.


 The classes will take you through basic manners training as well as provide you with valuable information on all the things you need to know - such as toilet training, puppy care, health, nipping/chewing and more!

Classes are run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as Sunday afternoons.  Book as soon as you can to confirm your space!

Booking can be made directly with Macquarie Veterinary Hospital North Ryde - give them a call on 02 9888 1833.