Puppy Essentials

These two separate courses are 6 week socialization and training courses for puppies up to 17 weeks of age and between 17 and 24 weeks of age. We cover puppy mouthing, chew toys, house-training, handling, socialization, playing safely, basic cues like ” off” and “take it”, the use of rewards in training, training through distractions and other important things. The class for older pups addresses the needs of puppies at their stage of development.  Please note that puppies, like children,  develop at individual paces. Some puppies can be very shy for a variety of reasons and those puppies are allowed to observe play and training until they feel comfortable participating. Overwhelming puppies is counterproductive.  

Because early socialization is so incredibly important (so that the stages of development are taken advantage of ), participants may join the appropriate course late if their puppy joins their new family while a course is already underway.

There are written handouts and homework sheets, socialization checklists, equipment comparisons , recommendations and more.  Participants receive a copy of the e-book, “Perfect Puppy Parenting” by Jane Bowers.

Owners often have questions about whether it is safe to have their puppies attend puppy classes before their first vaccinations are complete. The most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. In their Position Statement , the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) states that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. 

They state” In general, puppies can start puppy
socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first
class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class “. 

For more information on vaccinations , please watch Dr Becker interviewing Dr Ronald Schultz .  Dr Schultz is an immunization expert at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine and one of the key authors of the Canine Vaccination Guidelines issued by the American Animal Hospital Association and of the Canine and Feline Vaccination Guidelines recommended by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Courses are 6 weeks long, 45 minutes each  weekly classes , $154.35 including GST.

Once registered you will receive more class information and details and COVID recommendations and requirements as it relates to dog training classes.

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Puppies under 17 weeks of age at the start of the course:

Saturdays at 11 am starting February 13th. Please note that this course is not every Saturday for 6 weeks but is held for 6 sessions 45 minutes long on the following dates:

Saturdays: Feb 13th , 27th, March 6, 20, 27 and April 10th all at 11 am.

SATURDAY CLASS FULL

TUESDAYS at ten starting Tuesday Feb 16th and running 6 consecutive Tuesdays (weather permitting).

TUESDAY CLASS FULL-if you would like to be notified when the next course begins, please contact us.

REGISTER (Once the registration is received, an invoice will be sent. Payment of the invoice completes registration).

Puppies 18 to 24 weeks of age at the start of the course

Saturdays at noon starting February 13th. Please note that this course is not every Saturday for 6 weeks but is held for 6 sessions 45 minutes long per session on the following dates:

Saturdays: Feb 13th , 27th, March 6, 20, 27 and April 10th all at 12 noon.

if you would like to be notified when the next course begins, please contact us.

Tuesdays at eleven starting Tuesday Feb 16th and running 6 consecutive Tuesdays (weather permitting).

REGISTER (Payment either by Pay Pal or of the invoice if preferred completes registration).

Note: due to  COVID restrictions, only one person can attend class with each enrolled dog. Human numbers are limited to 6 per class including the instructor.