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Puppy Start Right Classes

Puppy Start Right

For puppies 8-16 weeks of age. 

Your puppy's socialization period starts 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.
  • Positive socialization can "inoculate" your puppy against future behavioral issues.
  • 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.)

Watch this Puppy Class from Cowichan Canine on Vimeo.


With our Puppy Start Right classes you will learn 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.
  • Teach your puppy to be comfortable around new stimuli, people and sounds.
  • Teach your puppy to accept handling and restraint and to become a great veterinary patient and grooming client.
  • Manage meetings and play sessions between your puppy and other puppies of different breeds of an appropriate age.
  • Teach your puppy to be comfortable when separated from owner/caregiver.
  • Guide your puppy when exploring the environment at his/her own pace.
  • Teach your puppy to share or trade valuable "goodies".


We offer two Puppy Start Right options:

You can opt for one class, as well as two play groups a week. This option costs $435.00, excluding taxes.  Or you can attend one class and one play group a week. This option costs $335.00, excluding taxes. 

With Puppy Start Right you can start immediately - no waiting around for classes to begin!

The first step is to attend an free Orientation, which is compulsory for all new students and is available via Zoom.  This is where you will learn all about the classes we offer, how to register, why we train the way we do, and lots of other practical information. 

CLICK HERE for the list of upcoming Orientation classes.

We recommend that you register for your Orientation session and the Puppy Start Right course in person at our training centre, or by calling  250-929-1400.  

You will then receive your Puppy Package and start your training right away. You can also PAY ONLINE, after which we will email you your registration information so that you can reserve your spot in class. 

What you need to register:

  • Register and attend Orientation via Zoom.
  • Your completed REGISTRATION FORM.
  • 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).

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



What is included

  • Orientation Class 
    Please attend Orientation class as soon as you can before you bring your puppy to class. CLICK HERE for the list of upcoming Orientation classes
  • One class per week for five weeks, as well as the playgroups - until puppy turns turns 16 weeks old. This means that the sooner your register, the more weeks you get in the play groups. 
  • LOGIN CODE for our ONLINE CLASS BOOKING SYSTEM, where you can book your attendance when it suits you.
  • WELCOME PACKAGE including TREAT POUCH by Doggone Good Rapid Rewards.
  • (The optional - but recommended - course book, "Puppy Start Right", is also available for purchase.)

After Puppy Start Right, your puppy will be ready to join our "big dog school" classes to learn their manners, as well as some fun sports. You will find out all about them at Orientation Class, or browse our website!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!



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What Clients Are Saying:

Today I was paid the ultimate compliment by Lisbeth Plant, owner of Cowichan Canine. She said I had helped my puppy Daphne (now 6 months old) develop into a really nice young dog. I agree! But of course I could not have done it without the wonderful folks at Cowichan Canine: professional, caring, knowledgeable and a bonus - all with a great sense of humour! Lisbeth, Stephanie, Andrea, Glenda and Steph all continue to help me guide Daphne and I am so grateful for their help, knowledge and kindness and for occasionally talking me down from a proverbial cliff! How lucky we are here in the Cowichan valley to have access to a full spectrum of resources to help guide and develop our dogs into the best they can be! Let the learning (and fun) continue!

Theresa Coles

Hero has been making lots and lots of progress. His only setbacks have been when I have pushed him too far. I am on summer break from teaching and have been dedicated hours each day to his training. Too many great stories to share, but I do have to share this one, for me it was his "graduation." Ever since our sessions with you at the house, I have been working with Hero on an "away" command, where he keeps away from being right in front of doors. For the last months, I drop treats on the floor at the end of the hallway by my living room as I go in and out the front door. I do it 100% of the time. A few weeks ago, high winds blew open the front door at 7:30 a.m. while I was sleeping. I heard Hero pacing in the living room and then whining. I got up to investigate and found Hero waiting patiently in his "away" location, waiting for his treat, rather than go out the un-supervised wide open front door and into mischief. It was worth every treat I had spent!!!!!

Becky & Hero

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