Time is valuable so pick an option suitable for you!
Puppy training starts with owner education. You should be ready the first day you bring your puppy home. But life doesn't always work that way so there are flexible options to help you catch up or get started right away.
The Puppy Foundation Training program can be taken either with Privates, On Line and Play Classes. With Privates, it will take 3-4 sessions to cover the entire Puppy Foundation Curriculum. The On Line program has 3 hours of training and education that is a prerequisite for Puppy Play Class. The 4 Puppy Play Classes adds 3 hours of training imbedded into play sessions. You may join the Play Classes if you have taken 2 private sessions.
Once you have booked a Private or enrolled into the On Line Class you will receive two emails with information on how to start 2 of the 4 most important things to focus on.
The age (4-14 weeks) is a critical period of development where your puppy learns to communicate and relate to other dogs, humans and the environment. It is the most influential learning period of a dog's life, forming the foundation for all future learning. Lack of exposure and positive experiences during this time will prevent your puppy from it's full potential. Even though learning is continuous, the learning ability of an 8 week old puppy is equal to that of an adult dog.
Private training can be more specific to you and your puppy's needs because each puppy has his/her own unique personality based on genetics, temperament and early learning experiences.
If you can't enrol in the On Line Group Training you must book a private before you can book into the Group Play Sessions.
Puppy Private Training is discounted to accommodate catching up with training to getting into a Play Class. There is an age limit for Play Classes to consider.
ON LINE GROUP TRAINING
Option available on request or if Covid restrictions apply
On Line Class will get you started in the comfort of your home with the most important foundation work that will help avoid future problematic behaviour and stressors.
There are two critical deadlines; the social development period of 4 - 14 weeks and the brain development period that decreases after 4.5 months. If you've missed the window of these critical deadlines, it's not too late to get started but your approach will need to be adapted according to your dogs' temperament and previous learning experiences.
You want to develop as many good connections in the puppy brain to help smooth out the chaos. A dogs ability to adapt to new situations can be more difficult once these connections are made and you've missed this window of helping your puppy make good associations during this socialization period.
Like gardening, you want to prune the weeds and plant good seeds!
GROUP PLAY CLASSES
Returning to a 6 week class unless there are Covid restrictions.
Puppies should start a play class around 3 months or before they are 4 months old. They can start as early as 10 weeks because unlike obedience training, behaviour modification, socialization and bite inhibition training MUST be accomplished during puppyhood. The window when it's easiest to resolve temperament problems is before 4.5 months.
Puppy Play Classes are held at Canine Campus 2109A Louie Drive, West Kelowna, and requires all dogs to be in good health, up to date vaccinations, kennel cough and flea and lice treatment to attend their day care. Dogs are trained to eliminate in a designated potty area and any accidents are cleaned with professional and safe cleaning products. The facility is cleaned daily and is a safer environment than being outside where dogs with unknown history have been until your puppy has completed full vaccinations.
Puppies will receive a certification of completion after attending the Group Play Sessions.
Dates for Puppy Classes
At Canine Campus Day Care, 2109- A Louie Drive, West Kelowna
Sunday Sept 13th to Oct 25th (no class on Oct 11th - Thanksgiving weekend)
11:am to 12:pm
All Homework and informative material will be sent to you via email for you to read or to print for future reference.