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 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.
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 that is often experienced in adolescence age (5 months to 1.5 yr+). A dogs ability to adapt to new situations can be more difficult if 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!
You can begin your Puppy Foundation Training program in your home by booking a Private Consultation where I come to your home or through Zoom. This is ideal to get you started while you are waiting to join a Group Class or for your first set of vaccinations.
GROUP PUPPY CLASSES
Puppies can start a play class between 9-12 weeks old. Best results are before they are 3 months old. The maximum age a puppy should be is 4 months at the start of class. 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.
Vaccination recordsthat declares your puppy has seen a vet and is in good health and has started vaccinations or tither testing is required prior to the start of play class. Vaccinations do not need to be completed before class.
If you are taking your puppy to a day care or dog park you should discuss flea and lice treatments with your veterinarian.
*The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour believes that puppies need socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Click on the links below for further information:
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 4 Group Classes.
Dates for Group Puppy Classes
GROUP PUPPY CLASSES for Puppies 9 weeks to 4.5 months old:
At Canine Campus Day Care, 2109- A Louie Drive, West Kelowna
Tuesday March 2nd - March 30th (no class March 23rd) 7-8pm FULL
Cost for 4 weeks Classes: $190
5 Sundays March 28 (no class April 4th) - May 2nd
TIME: 11 - Noon FULL
TIME: 9:30 - 10:30am FULL
Cost for 5 weeks Classes: $225
Next Class Dates:
Sunday May 16, 30, June 6 and 13th (No class May 23rd)
TIME: 9:30 - 10:30am
TIME: 11 - Noon
Cost for 4 weeks Classes: $190
Includes 2 emails with pre-class instructions and video examples on how to start at home before your class begins and a Puppy Foundation Training Booklet with the weekly class instructions and helpful reading material. They will be sent to you upon payment.
Max. 4 puppies (6 with student helpers) per group.