Puppy Kindergarten

 

 

Next Available Start Date: Sunday, August 9, 1:00 – 2:00pm

 

 

*Must have minimum 1st set of Vacc’s (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus).
Bordetella (Canine Kennel Cough) vaccine is recommended – please discuss with your vet!
Instructor: Kelsey (assisted by Trystan)
Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $120 + tax
Ages: 8-14 weeks old at time of first class
By the time a puppy has reached 18 weeks old they are already past the most important socialization period of their lives. Start your puppy off on the right paw during this impressionable first 18 weeks of life. This class focuses on crucial socialization skills to help your puppy become a manageable, confident, happy dog, all while building a strong, long-lasting relationship with your new pup.
Plenty of resources are included in this class such as potty training, puppy biting, chewing and food & object guarding prevention.

~NO class on statutory long weekends

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is ‘Socialization‘?

Socialization is more than simply exposing your dog to a variety of situations, or meeting as many other puppies as possible. At a young age, every experience (good AND bad) is impressionable to a puppy and can linger with them for the rest of their lives. Therefore, a bad experience can sometimes be worse than no experience at all. While exposure & puppy play are both important, it must be done in a safe & positive manner to ensure that each puppy is building a long-lasting positive emotion toward these experiences. We strive to create a safe atmosphere where puppies are allowed to develop confidence at their own pace while never being pushed out of their current comfort level.
We include socialization toward puppies, people, grooming & vet procedures, sights & sounds, moving objects, as well as some basic obedience skills including sit, down & come!

Little Bodhi the Chihuahua started off so shy on his first day of puppy class, he did not even want to come out of his crate. By offering him a supportive & encouraging environment with no pressure to push him beyond his comfort level, by week #4 he was ready to conquer the world outside of his crate. Check out his confident grad photo pose below:

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB) recommends socializing puppies before their 2nd set of vaccinations. They suggest that the benefits of early socialization strongly outweigh the risks of contracting an illness before their 2nd set of shots. Read the full AVSAB position statement on puppy socialization by clicking ‘Here‘.

 

Call 250-478-2273 to book your spot now!