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Puppy Start Right Socialization

Welcome to Puppy Start Right

Your puppy's socialization period starts already at 3-4 weeks of age and ends somewhere between 12-16 weeks of age.

Why is Puppy Start Right so important?

  • The early puppyhood socialization period is a critical and finite period of time during which puppies are developmentally open to new experiences - sights, sounds, smells, dogs, critters, motion, people, environments, novelty.
  • Puppies are learning about how to successfully live in modern human society.
  • Correct, positive socialization can "vaccinate" your puppy against future behavioral issues.
  • Correct, positive socialization is so critical that the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB) has published a POSITION STATEMENT in which it states that “…it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.
  • Lack of socialization is detrimental to your puppy's ability to cope as an adult dog and can cause lifelong social deficits, which will affect not only your puppy's quality of life, but yours and your family's, too. Living with a fearful/aggressive dog may seriously affect your lifestyle (inability to have friends over, take a vacation, etc).


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You can start as soon as you wish, there is no waiting period. We recommend that you PRE-REGISTER in person, by coming down to our TRAINING CENTRE during office hours.  You can then receive your Puppy Package and start your training right away! In a pinch, you can also PAY ONLINE, after which we will email you your registration information so that you can reserve your spot in your first class. 
What you need to Register:
  • REGISTRATION FORM, duly completed and including your veterinarian's signature.
  • Your puppy's vaccination certificate for at least the first vaccination for each of parvo and distemper
    (or an antibody titer laboratory report for parvo and distemper).

Without both the vaccination record and the registration form signed by your veterinarian, we will unfortunately have to send you home again, as we need to protect the other little puppies in class as much as we can.

Once you have registered and paid, you will be able to book each class attendance yourself online, taking full advantage of our flexible schedule.

Puppy Package Cost and Includes

Puppy Start Right Programme is a one time fee of $179

This includes: 

  • Orientation Class 
    DO NOT WAIT for this class before you start bringing your puppy to class, but please attend Orientation as soon as you can! CLICK HERE for the list of upcoming Orientation classes.

    from 8 weeks to 17 (in some cases 19*) weeks of age.
    * - If your puppy is not able to start the course until between 14-16 weeks of age, you can stay in the programme until 19 weeks of age.

    This means that THE SOONER YOU REGISTER, the more classes you get for your money.
  • COURSE BOOK "Puppy Start Right"
  • LOGIN CODE for our ONLINE CLASS BOOKING SYSTEM, where you can book your attendance based on what times suite you best
  • BINDER with written instructions and homework assignments
  • TREAT POUCH by Doggone Good Rapid Rewards 
 (*) NOTE: At the instructor's discretion, Late Starters will either proceed to the Outdoor Play Group once they turn 17 weeks of age, and until thei turn 19 weeks of age, or they may stay in the Puppy Play Group until they turn 19 weeks of age. Large breed puppies, or over-exuberant players, may at the instructor's discretion, also be advised to move to the Outdoor Play Group. The Outdoor Play Group meets once a week in Cobble Hill.
In Puppy Start Right Preschool you will learn how to:
  • Manage your puppy's socialization period correctly, in a positive manner.
  • Use positive reinforcement training.
  • Manage and prevent undesirable behaviours.
  • Understand normal canine behaviour.
  • Build a life-long bond with your puppy.
Studying and practicing at home will be necessary to get the most out of this programme. By signing up for our Puppy Start Right Socialization Programme, you demonstrate that you want the best for your puppy. Now, with a little work and a lot of fun, you and your puppy will start a journey of a lifelong friendship and love.

In Puppy Start Right you will learn how to teach your puppy to:

  • Be comfortable around new and novel stimuli, people and sounds.
  • Accept handling and restraint and to become a great veterinary patient and grooming client.
  • Meet and play with different breeds of an appropriate age.
  • Be comfortable when separated from owner/caregiver.
  • Explore the environment at his/her own pace.
  • Share or trade valuable "goodies".
After reaching 17 (19) weeks of age, your puppy will be ready to join our FOUNDATION PROGRAMME or any of our General Programme classes, such as Agility, etc.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!


What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

My Mom was very impressed with the change in Finn and reminded me of a walk we took last March where he was explosive at everyone we met along the way.

Robyn Dallaway
Reactive Dog Programme student, Cobble Hill, BC

Chewie and I just finished the Foundation Programme, with distinction, in 7 weeks. We would not have been able to accomplish this if it wasn't for the team of ladies at Cowichan Canine. Chewie is James and my first puppy, and we were pretty clueless. Thanks to the guidance of Bev, Karen and Lisbeth we are proud of our dog, but also of the "puppy parents" we have become. We hope to continue our education at Cowichan Canine, and we recommend the training facility to anyone who owns a dog. And it all started with the Puppy Socialization class! Thank you so much!

Kim Phillips & James Funfer
Mill Bay, BC

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