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Puppy Kindergarten

Congratulations! You have (or are getting) a puppy!  

The earlier a dog starts his or her education, the better they become at learning new things. Each class allows for off-leash playtime so that the puppies may develop their social skills and bite inhibition with one another. We also include socialization to people and facilitate this by having handlers trade puppies briefly throughout the course. We introduce new objects and situations to the puppies, such as agility tunnels or being picked up and handled, simulating a veterinary exam. Simply pick which class you’d like to attend and sign up for 6 weeks of puppy fun!

BONUS: Participating in our Puppy Kindergarten classes gives you access to our private

Puppy Playdates!

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Puppy Kindergarten I / 9-13 weeks old


Puppy Kindergarten I is for puppies who are between 9 and 13 weeks old on the
 first day of class.

Puppy Kindergarten I focuses on relationship building and confidence building. Your puppy will learn that the world is a safe and happy place.

Your puppy will gain confidence thanks to safe, positive interactions with strangers, novel items, other puppies, textures and strange sounds. Our Puppy Kindergarten I program includes plenty of off-leash playtime, which is so beneficial for developing social skills and bite inhibition.

Puppy basic obedience taught in this class will provide foundation for good manners such as sit, attention towards the handler, polite leash walking, and more!

Chewing, nipping, deciphering and interpreting body language, and how to properly reinforce good behaviours and deal with unwanted behaviours are a few of the topics you’ll learn in Puppy Kindergarten I.

Vaccination Requirements: Your puppy must have had at least one distemper combination vaccine, administered at least 7 days before your puppy’s first class. The class assistant will verify the vaccination record on the first class.

Age Requirements: Your puppy must be between 9 and 13 weeks old on their first day of Puppy Kindergarten I. Before registering, please make sure that your puppy is in the correct age category. Puppies over 19 weeks cannot participate in this class.

Course Length: 6 lessons (6 consecutive weeks; 1 hour each lesson)

Price: $150 + HST for 6 lessons

Max. Class Size: 8 puppies

What a wonderful opportunity you have to mold your new puppy into the confident, well mannered adult dog you will be able to take (almost) anywhere.


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Puppy Kindergarten II / 14-21 weeks old


Puppy Kindergarten II is for puppies who are between 14 and 21 weeks old
 on the first day of class. Puppy Kindergarten II focuses on preparing your puppy for puppy adolescence while building a positive bond between you and your puppy.

Your puppy will develop the skills required to cope with the emotional and physical changes of adolescence. Our Puppy Kindergarten II program includes off-leash playtime, during which the focus is positive socialization.

Puppy basic obedience taught in this class will include mastering good manner skills in a higher level of distraction.

Resource guarding, dog park safety and success, and fear periods are a few of the topics you’ll learn in Puppy Kindergarten II.

Vaccination Requirements: Your puppy must have had a second round of distemper combination vaccines, administered at least 7 days before your dog’s first class. The class assistant will verify the vaccination record on the first class.

Age Requirements: Your puppy must be between 14 and 21 weeks old on their first day of Puppy Kindergarten II. Before registering, please make sure that your puppy is in the correct age category. Puppies over 27 weeks cannot participate in this class.

Course Length: 6 lessons (6 consecutive weeks; 1 hour each lesson)

Price: $150 + HST for 6 lessons

Max. Class Size: 7 puppies

What a wonderful opportunity you have to mold your new puppy into the confident, well mannered adult dog you will be able to take (almost) anywhere.


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Puppy Kindergarten III / 22-30 weeks old


Puppy Kindergarten III is reserved for graduates of our Puppy Kindergarten classes (I and/or II).
 We welcome puppies who have complete a puppy kindergarten class at another location. Proof of class completion is required.

This course is for puppies who are between 22 and 30 weeks old on the first day of class. You will continue to increase your puppy’s confidence through relationship building games!

Dog sports and brain games introduced in Puppy Kindergarten III include: tricks, fitness, agility, nose work, clicker training, and Puppy Manners 3. Discover your dog’s hidden talent! All activities are adjusted for puppies so they are safe and positive. Our Puppy Kindergarten III program includes off-leash playtime to allow your puppy to further develop his or her social skills

Go home with a tired, happy, and well-rounded puppy!

Vaccination Requirements: Your puppy must have had a second round of distemper combination vaccines, administered at least 7 days before your puppy’s first class. The class assistant will verify the vaccination record on the first class.

Age Requirements: Your puppy must be between 22 and 30 weeks old on their first day of Puppy Kindergarten III. Before registering, please make sure that your puppy is in the correct age category. Puppies over 34 weeks cannot participate in this class.

Course Length: 4 lessons (4 consecutive weeks; 1 hour each lesson)

Price: $104 + HST

Max. Class Size: 6 dogs

Pre-requisites: Your puppy must have graduated from our Puppy Kindergarten I and/or our Puppy Kindergarten II class. We welcome puppies who have complete a puppy kindergarten class at another location. Proof of class completion is required.


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What to Bring to Class:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Plenty of small training treats that your puppy loves
  • A regular 6 foot leash (non-retractable)
  • A dog training food reward pouch, bag, or holder so that you can retrieve your food reward easily
  • A regular collar or harness
  • Indoor shoes (for the humans) if it is wet or mucky out

“Proper socialization combined with positive reinforcement-based training in the context of a group puppy class helps puppies grow into well-adjusted pets.” – Dr. Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

To learn more about the importance of proper socialization during the critical early puppyhood, please read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s position statement.


WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING:

“So very happy that we brought our puppy to this class- she had a chance to socialize with other dogs and we learned very helpful tips for training our energetic puppy. The instructors were wonderful and provided not only general instructions to the class but also advice tailored to our puppy. Thank you Alana and Fumie!” – Amy (Puppy Kindergarten I)

“Angie was very animated, gave the instructions, showed an example and let us practice. Excellent educator!! She made sure we understood and took time to elaborate when asked. Always friendly and welcoming!  Great experience overall. It was easy communication via email/facebook when we had questions, loved the online booking process. The PK2 class helped a great deal, not only for the pets but for us as owners.” – Lissa (Puppy Kindergarten II)

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