Our Puppy Classes will give you the skills to start your puppy out right for a lifetime of fun companionship!
We offer Positive Puppy classes for puppies under 18 weeks old, taught by a certified positive reinforcement trainer to ensure you and your puppy have all the skills you need to get off to a great start!
The Positive Puppy Class is taught by Tara Tower, who is a certified Dog Trainer through DogStars and the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers. Higher Education for dog trainers means we can give you and your puppy THE BEST training start!
Is your puppy older than 18 weeks? We also offer PUPPY TEEN CLASSES for older puppies! The class works on building their obedience foundations and learning more fun training games!
Puppy class will cover:
- Proper socialization techniques
- Positive first experiences for your puppy
- Dog-dog play/interaction (at the discretion of the instructor)
- Puppy basic manners (no jumping up, whining, etc)
- Basic training (come when called, sit, down, stay, etc.)
- To be calm in the house
- Reliable house training
- Sharing (toys, food, bones)
- To use teeth on toys/chews instead of you
- Polite behavior around children/guests
- To walk nicely on leash
- To be happy in their crate or pen
- Introduction to using a clicker or verbal marker for more effective training
- Fun learning games you can play with your puppy!
Core vaccines required:
Dog age 8-11 weeks: distemper, parvo, adenovirus (hepatitis) & parainfluenza
Dog age 12-15 weeks: 2nd set: distemper, parvo, adenovirus (hepatitis) & parainfluenza
Dog age 16-23 weeks: 3rd set or titre results
Dog age over 24 weeks: rabies
Bordetella & Leptospirosis: recommended but not required. Please consult your vet regarding these optional vaccines.
If your dog barks excessively around other dogs (and cannot easily be stopped with a toy or food) we ask that you please contact us to schedule private sessions first so that we can work on the barking before joining a more exciting group class.
While we understand your dog may just be excited or nervous around the other dogs, if the dogs are constantly barking it is unfair to the students who cannot hear the instructor, and the instructor who has to try to talk over barking dogs, as well as it can become disruptive for other classes happening at the same time.
Need help with this? Let us know, we're happy to help!
If your dog is reactive (i.e. lunges, barks etc towards other dogs and/or people), and requires a personal bubble of space from other dogs or people, we will accommodate your dog as long as you have previously or are currently working with a positive reinforcement trainer on your dog's reactivity, so that you are skilled at managing your dog in a group setting.
Need a trainer for this? Let us know! We are happy to help!
If you have imported a dog/puppy from outside Canada or the US, please DO NOT attend classes until you've had the dog for over 2 weeks with no signs of illness.
This is to allow for an initial bonding period and health guarantee before attending class. You must have has the dog home and with no signs of illness for at least 2 weeks before the 1st class. If you signed up for a class, but your dog shows signs of illness please do not attend class the next class, and contact us right away.
If you need some puppy guidance immediately, we recommend checking out “Project Puppy” which is an online resource! Use the discount code “DOGWORKS30” to get 30% off the yearly membership. Excellent puppy information available 24 hrs a day! project-puppy.com While this won’t replace puppy classes needed for socialization; it will give you many helpful tips on surviving puppyhood!