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Puppy Class

Welcome to Puppy Start Right

This class is for puppies 8-16 weeks of age. 

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

Watch this Puppy Class from Cowichan Canine on Vimeo.

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 250-929-1400.  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).

* We need to protect all the little puppies in class as much as we possibly can, including yours. We therefore require not only your puppy's vaccination record, but also your veterinarian's signature on your registration form to confirm that your puppy is healthy and can come to class. This is because we cannot vaccinate against everything. Examples of contagious conditions that we cannot vaccinate against include:
- fleas
- lice
- intestinal worms
- giardiasis (a diarrheal disease cause by a parasite and that, if left untreated, may proceed to more severe symptoms such as blood diarrhea, weight loss and dehydration)
- coccidia (another intestinal infection causing diarrhea)

Because we accept little puppies from 8 weeks of age into our programme (necessary because of the sensitive/socialization period lasting only until 12 weeks of age), we must insist on your veterinarian's signature on the registration form.

 

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

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS

 

What the Programme Includes

The fee of $195 + GST 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 TWO PUPPY PLAY GROUPS per week until puppy turns 16 weeks old (*).
    This means that THE SOONER YOU REGISTER, the more weeks you get in Play Group!
  • 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 late ("Late Starter"), you can stay in the classes until your puppy is 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. 

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 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 just browse our website!

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

WELCOME TO CLASS!


 

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Hi there, Ed and I are doing pretty good. The vet is tackling his some health issues and Ed seems to be much happier overall with summer being here. He's even willing to roll on his back and let me rub his tummy now which I think is a good sign of our improved relationship. Anyone I talk to about Ed gets a big recommendation from me regarding Cowichan Canine. I sing your praises every chance I get since I know that I would be in a pretty bad situation without your help every step of Ed's development. Thanks so much for all the education that I needed and all of the fun times as well

Heather Welychko
Vancouver Island

To Everyone at Cowichan Canine: Cyrus & I have just finished the Foundation program and passed with Honours - phew! Along the way we were fortunate to sample several of the other courses that you offer, including private lessons for my other dog, Ricco. It was a real treat to be able to do that . I learned soooo much about my dogs; from how they react to each other, how to understand their body language, to be more patient and even what treats to provide for success. I was very impressed from the start with your on-line registration, the class sizes, the ability to work at our own pace, and even the individual water bowls. And on top of all that, each instructor offers a unique view of training so that you can get different perspectives. And of course, Andrea keeps the ship running smoothly. The time the three of us have spent with you has definitely been a worthwhile Thank you from Sherie, Ricco & Cyrus.

Sherie Robb
Maple Bay

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