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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, plus taxes.  Or you can attend one class and one play group a week. This option costs $335.00, plus taxes. Regardless of which option you choose, your puppy can continue to attend play groups until they are 16 weeks old.  So sign up early!

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

What you need to register:

  • Watch our Orientation video on YouTube.
  • Your completed REGISTRATION FORM.
  • Your puppy's vaccination certificate for at least the first vaccination for each of Parvo and Distemper

You can also PAY ONLINE, after which we will email you your registration information so that you can reserve your spot in class. 

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Stef at [email protected] or contact the office at 250-929-1400.

 

 

 

 


 

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Thanks so much Bev. You are a great teacher! We learned soooo much...myself as well as Bindi!! Wanted to take the time to give you and Cowichan Canine a big THANK YOU!

Marilyn & Bindi
Ladysmith

Our little Frenchton, Blaze, graduated from the Foundations class today with Honours. The training we received was top notch, excellent quality, and fun. We appreciated the often humorous comments thrown into our training from Karen and Stephanie, as well as the clear, easy to understand aspects of this training program. We have already introduced Blaze to Scent Detection and Agility and will continue on with these in the fall. We truly appreciate the care and commitment our instructors gave in the training of our Blaze, and of ourselves! Who knew we had so much to learn, too! :) Thank you, Karen and Stephanie! We will definitely be referring others to Cowichan Canine.

Linda Batten (& Matt)
Duncan

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