Puppy Essentials

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.  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.


Puppies under 18 weeks of age at the start of the course:

Next courses start:

September 25th Saturdays at 9 am. NO CLASS OVER THE THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND. Class dates are Sept. 25, Oct 2, 16, 23,30 Nov 6th   REGISTER