Do You Want Your Puppy to Become a Well-Behaved Dog?
There are many reasons to love dogs: they’re affectionate, intelligent, loyal and fun! They make amazing companions and can greatly enrich the lives of their families, but we know they are also a lot of work, especially when they are young and untrained!
At our Puppy Academy, we specialize in the early behavioural conditioning of puppies so they will grow into confident family dogs. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to help dogs and their people live together happily.
Do You Know What the Critical Socialization Period Is?
In dogs, this period typically occurs between 3 to 16 weeks of age, and requires careful planning.
During this window, positive exposure to a wide range of stimuli, such as various people, animals, objects, sounds, and environments, helps puppies become well-adjusted and confident adult dogs.
Ask us about how to prepare to socialize your puppy from the day you bring them home!
What Does The Puppy Academy Program Include?
• Assessment (for dogs over 5 months old) and Orientation
- This is a one-hour consultation where we outline the fundamentals and get to know you and your dog
• Minimum 4x daily training sessions
- Customized to your dog and conducted by a certified trainer
• 3x transfer sessions
- We ensure that you acquire all the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain your dog’s newly-shaped behaviours
• Exceptional daycare at our indoor/outdoor facility
• Supervised play sessions for socialization and exercise
• Daily video progress reports
• WhatsApp support for the duration of the program
• Clicker, treats, and report card
What Do We Work On?
- Appropriate Play
- Loose-Leash Walking
- Handling Desensitization
- Car Travel
- Crate Training
- Preventing Unwanted Behaviours
- House Training
- Ignoring Distractions
- Environmental Desensitization
- Calm greetings
- CKC Canine Good Neighbor Program Test Qualifications
$600/Week for 5 Weeks
Need to add a sleepover? Reach out for more details!
Dog Training Rules
1. You Get What You Reinforce
Always ask yourself the question: what is reinforcing the behaviour in question? What can I do differently to achieve the behaviour I want to see?
2. Maintain Appetite
Your dog should always have an appetite and their daily diet should be measured out. Meals have a time limit, and dessert is a useful tool.
3. Marker Signal
Make sure you are using a precise indicator to let your dog know the exact moment they respond correctly. Immediately follow with reinforcement. The most important aspect of good training is precise timing of reinforcement.
4. Socialize, Desensitize, Exercise
Regularly expose your dog to different people, places, objects, and animals beyond their usual routine. This exposure helps them become comfortable with novelty and teaches them to react calmly. Starting at 12 weeks, engaging in play sessions with other suitable dogs in off-leash settings becomes crucial. Know your dog’s energy and social needs and ensure you are meeting both!
5. Crawl Before You Walk
When it comes to taking your dog for a walk, start with just them being able to follow you with enthusiasm indoors. Then try a circuit outdoors and increase the difficulty by practicing in new environments.
6. Comfy in a Crate
You may not end up having your dog sleep in their crate or stay in it when you go out, but you will probably still need it on more than one occasion. Train them to love hanging out in it and we guarantee you’ll be glad you have one.
7. Short Sweet Baby Steps
Plan the behaviour you want to shape like the steps of a ladder, with the goal to achieve small victories and gradual progress. When you are working on those steps, make your sessions short and positive.
8. Turn Up Toys
Pairing your dog’s toys with food makes them more exciting. Reinforce tug, fetch, and anytime they are entertaining themselves appropriately. Elevate the worth of your pup’s favorite toys by keeping them just out of reach and playing with them selectively.
9. Manage Bad Behaviour
Do not allow your dog to rehearse behaviour you don’t want to see. Some undesirable behaviours need outlets as they are natural canine behaviours. It’s up to you to teach your dog when and where it is acceptable to practice them. This includes things like digging and chewing.
10. Choice is Choice
Craft scenarios where your dog making a decision to listen to you is the best decision they could make. This is how they will trust you implicitly in any situation.