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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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Registration

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, or by calling 778-455-1985.  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.

 

What the Programme Includes

The fee of $195 includes:

  • Orientation Class 
    Please attend Orientation class as soon as you can before or after you bring your puppy to class. CLICK HERE for the list of upcoming Orientation classes.
  • ONE CLASS per week for four weeks and UP TO THREE PUPPY PLAY GROUPS per week until puppy turns 16 weeks old (*).
    This means that THE SOONER YOU REGISTER, the more weeks in Play Group you get!
  • LOGIN CODE for our ONLINE CLASS BOOKING SYSTEM, where you can book your attendance based on what times suits you best.
  • WELCOME PACKAGE including TREAT POUCH by Doggone Good Rapid Rewards.
    (The optional - but recommended - course book, "
    Puppy Start Right", is also available for purchase.)

 (*) NOTE: If your puppy is not able to start the course until between 14-16 weeks of age ("Late Starter"), you can stay in the classes until 18 weeks of age. However, the "Late Starter" puppies' participation in the Play Group is strictly at the instructor's discretion: Late Starters will either proceed to the Outdoor Play Group once they turn 16 weeks of age, and until they turn 18 weeks of age, or they may stay in the Puppy Play Group until they turn 18 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 before 16 weeks of age. 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.
  • Teach your puppy to be comfortable around new and novel 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".

After reaching 16 (18) weeks of age, your puppy will be ready to join our "big school" classes to learn their manners. You will find out all about them at Orientation Class, or just browse our website!

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

WELCOME TO CLASS!

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What Clients Are Saying:

Hello Cowichan Canine Team! My Kooikerhondje, Buddy, and I have just completed the beginner Foundation training course. The whole process has been fantastic. Buddy is a very smart (of course) and overenthusiastic pup. My goal with him was to nip problems in the bud (pardon the pun:) to start on a path to a positive and calm relationship. We had the privilege of learning under Jody, Karen and Lisbeth in Prep school. All had different styles but their methods were consistent, positive, sound and they work! Buddy and I then moved on to Beginner Foundation under Stephanie's tutelage. Her guidance was patient, kind and empathetic. I was the slower learner, but Stephanie showed me what Buddy was capable of and gave me the knowledge,tools and insight to meet my goals. The facility is top-class, well-equipped, spotless and safe. Learning at Cowichan Canine was the most enriching investment I could have made and I hope to continue in various activities in the future. Thank you all!

Gill Johansen & Buddy
Duncan, BC

Just want to thank you Lisbeth and also Bev and Karen for the excellent training that Lily and I have enjoyed so much. I know Lily has enough for a pass now but we really are aiming for distinction. We are working hard at home as well to see if we can get this. Lily is so improved now. My husband says that in the mornings when he is playing ball off leash with her that she no longer runs at other dogs, she just ignores them now. I noticed when I took her to another trainer in the summer she was always panting and anxious. At Cowichan Canine she is just so happy and cannot wait to get in the door. It is her favourite place so obviously what you are doing is right and the place has great vibes for dogs. She has not reacted to the dogs in the classes either but is always wagging her tail. I am very grateful for this. We will be back in December and want to go onto greater things in advanced and we are both looking forward to it. Going to bring my other dog Cole as well.

Susan
Maple Bay, BC

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