Focus is on bringing up a healthy and well-adjusted puppy, socialization and building your puppy’s confidence while developing proper play skills, self-control and a strong positive relationship.
Puppy training starts with owner education. You should be ready the first day you bring your puppy home.
This age (6-12 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.
GROUP ON LINE TRAINING AND PLAY CLASS
On Line Class will get you started at home right away 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. Puppy brains and adult dog brains are different. You want to develop solid connections in the puppy brain while the opportunity is there.
The On Line Class focuses on the 4 most critical things to achieve before your puppy is 4.5 months old:
1. Environmental enrichment and conditioning to potentially frightening stimuli and meeting 100 new people- Socialization
2. Condition to handling the ‘hot spots’ and stress free grooming and vet visits - Stress Free Handling
3. Develop a schedule assist potty training and to avoid separation anxiety - Home Alone
4. Learn how to use your dog’s daily diet for socialization, training, handling and allocating to chewing and food dispensers for daily enrichment.
Outline for this class is new to accommodate the change in class structure. Click to read: Puppy Foundation Outline.
The Play Classes:
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.
Proof of vaccinations* that declares your puppy is in good health and has started vaccinations or tither testing is required prior to the start of play 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 to read: AVSAB Puppy Socialization
Canine Campus 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 and disinfected daily and is a safer environment than being outside where dogs with unknown history have been until your puppy has completed full vaccinations.
6 ON LINE PUPPY CLASSES:
#1 - Monday - June 15 from 7-7:40
#2 - Wednesday - June 17 from 7-7:40
#3 - Monday - June 22 from 7-7:40
#4 - Wednesday - June 24 from 7-7:40
#5 - Monday - June 29 from 7-7:40
#6 - Wednesday - July 1 from 7-7:40
AND 4 PUPPY PLAY CLASSES:
Sundays at Canine Campus Day Care, 2109- A Louie Drive, West Kelowna
Dates and times will be after July long weekend - TBA
Must have attended On line classes or 1-2 privates to attend play classes.
PUPPY CLASSES are at Canine Campus, 2109A Louie Dr, West Kelowna, BC., On Hold
This is an 8 week course condensed into 6 weeks so classes are informative as well as interactive.20, 27th 7-8:15pm
Date: Postponed due to Covid19
Cost: 6 week class - $210
Cost: Option B - 1+ hour in-home private training and 4 weeks of classes- $270. Ideal if you want to get started in your home before class begins! Required if puppy is older than 3.5 weeks at start of classes with the option to join the last 1 or 2 classes at a drop in of $30 per class but puppies older than 5.5 months will be on approval only.
$30 off the Intermediate Class if it's your third class within 2 years from taking Puppy (or private Puppy Package) and Basic Manners Class.