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Puppy Start Right Socialization

Welcome to Puppy Start Right

This class is for puppies 8-16 weeks of age, but due to COVID-19 causing puppies to miss out on their critical socialization period, we are also offering Puppy Start Right for puppies 16-22 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

 

 

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.

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS

 

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 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 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 dog 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!


 

What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

Buster and I had a great time in Foundation. I was already recommending you to clients, but will do so even more passionately now. Buster and I will likely show up in a beginners' agility class soon.

Donna Markland DVM
Cobble Hill

I had the good fortune and pleasure to take the Foundation Program at Cowichan K9 this winter with my lab cross puppy Cody. Cody just turned 8 months when we graduated with distinction from this awesome training experience. Bev, Karen, and Glenda were terrific and facilitated our learning with clear instruction, helpful tips, and much kindness and caring. I've worked with dogs all my life and was amazed at how much I learned participating in this program and now Cody and I get to benefit daily from our indelible experience with you. Training with such positive reinforcement, small class size, and expert facilitation enhanced our relationship beyond measure and will continue to do so now that we have the tools and understanding. Cody travels on rounds with me and is continually being complimented on his fine manners and keen willingness to please. I am so proud of him! Attending our classes at Cowichan Canine was the highlight of each week and will continue to be as we begin agility classes and scent games. I can't thank you enough for how your program has enriched our relationship and daily life together. I recommend all my clients take their dogs to Cowichan Canine. Every one can benefit! p.s. Your Christmas party was the highlight of the season, hands down! Class act: so many happy, well behaved dogs and their people, games and prizes, Santa and presents, incredibly delicious appies and meatballs galore for all. That was the best Christmas function I've ever attended! Thank you again -

Dr Brenda Bernhardt
Cowichan Veterinary HouseCall Services

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