Puppy Kindergarten

The time to train your puppy is NOW! Dogs are at their peek of their learning within the first 16 weeks of age. There is no better training than preventative training.  

The next Puppy Kindergarten class begins November 20th 2019. Classes will be Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:30pm for 6 weeks. This class is suitable for puppies as young as 8 weeks old and up to 5 months of age.
In addition to the 6 classes, you will receive a link to many videos and handouts all pertaining to raising a well adjusted dog.

Classes are held at the church of St. John the Divine located at 579 5th Street in Courtenay. 
Detailed Schedule: Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:30pm November 20th, & 27th, December 4th, 11th, & 18th, break for the holidays, & January 8th is graduation!

Good dogs are dogs who were taught good habits early in life, and who were prevented as much as possible from learning bad habits. Of course habits can be changed, but not as easily as teaching desirable conduct from the beginning. If you are proactive about teaching good habits and preventing bad habits, you will have a much happier relationship with your dog.

Congratulations on your new puppy! Now what? You are at a fork in the road. The success of the relationship depends on you teaching your puppy the rules and regulations of domestic living. The most critical time in your dog's life is right now...puppy-hood. First impressions are indelible and long-lasting. Consequently, the next few weeks are crucially important for your puppy's development. Help and guidance at this stage will have a profound and everlasting effect that will enrich the dog-human relationship for many years to come.  

Naturally, you want to raise a great family dog—one that can hang with the family at home, greet guests calmly, play nicely with the other dogs and avoid the bullies and go to sports games without pulling you onto the field of play. Dogs bark, chase, run, pull, jump and chew because that's what dogs do, and because they haven't yet had a chance to learn behavior that we consider polite. Our job is to teach them what we want them to do early on before nuisance behaviors develop.

In puppy class your puppy will learn essential skills such as bite inhibition or gentle jaws, social skills with other dogs and people, to enjoy being handled, and to respond quickly to sit, down, stay and come among distractions. Using science based, force free training you will teach your new puppy to think & problem solve resulting in a dog of higher intelligence and better temperament.

The techniques used are scientifically proven to be the most effective way to teach dogs to make good decisions on their own. This low stress, force free style of training focuses on teaching, shaping and rewarding desirable behaviors and reducing the likelihood of unwanted behaviors leaving you feeling good about how you communicate with your dog.  

Additional class topics:
Plenty of social time with other dogs and people, sit to greet, pulling on leash, aggression prevention, fear and anxiety prevention, hyperactivity, watch me, building a connection with your dog, digging, house breaking, crate training, destructive chewing, escaping the house or yard and excessive barking.

6 Classes - $200.00 + GST                                                                                         Maximum of 10 dogs per class

All dogs must be currently vaccinated for parvo, distemper and hepatitis (DA2P).                                                                                        

 “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization and leaning is the first four months of life… For this reason, the AVSAB believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated… While puppies’ immune systems are still developing during these early months… appropriate care makes the risk of infection relatively small compared to the chance of death from a behavior problem.” - The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The next Puppy Kindergarten Series is running Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm beginning November 20th 2019. New classes open every month. Contact us to be added to the wait list.