Great dogs start with great puppies.
Habits learned early last a lifetime ... make them good habits.
The first 180 days of your puppy's life have the greatest impact on the rest of their life.
Congrats on brining a puppy into your life! Raising a dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but it’s not always easy. The manners you teach your puppy during these first six months of their life (before their adolescent stage), will extend to the rest of their life. This is their informative time when they’re trying to figure out how to fit in to our human world… and they need your help!
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I’m getting a puppy! Now what?
You are on the right track just by looking into training! Clever Canines will show you how to teach your puppy how they fit into your life and build confidence in what can be a big, scary world. By spending time now to become a knowledgeable owner, your puppy will have a leg up on growing in to a well-mannered family member. pupstart will help you understand your puppy and have a great life together.
Do I need training? He sits already!
It’s awesome that you are starting training at home already. However, socialization is just as important as manners, and YouTube is no match for being in situations where you can see how your pup interacts with people, dogs, and their environment, and you can help them behave appropriately and have good experiences. pupstart will help you master the obedience and social skills your dog needs to know.
I just really want to have a nice dog.
It’s nearly impossible to comprehend the possibility of a sweet puppy growing up to dislike other dogs, people, or developing behaviour problems like becoming destructive or having anxiety. People with reactive or impolite dogs didn’t plan on the dog being that way. Often this critical puppy stage was neglected, or they weren’t training consistently, and bad behaviours increased over time. pupstart will show you how to teach your pup to behave appropriately and respectfully right from the start.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- introduction to puppy foundational skills, behaviour, and development stages
- understanding of how dogs think, learn and perceive the world around them
- training fundamentals and key concepts
- learn how to set up reliable commands, even amongst distractions or at a distance
- loose leash walking
- tips and techniques to get your dog to focus on you
- exposure to different environments to learn how to handle different real-life situations
- street safety
- teaching positive collar association
- greetings and socialization: dog to dog and dog to human
- skills: loose-leash walking, sit, down, recall (come), stay, up, take-it, leave-it, roll-over, shake a paw, name recognition
You’ll also receive:
- access to additional information and resources
- unlimited ongoing support, even after you graduate
- one complimentary dayschool credit
- one special edition clevercanines hands-free leash
- 10% off the purchase of a martingale collar and six-foot leash from Unleashed
- 10% off and early registration privileges for core
Class structure and details:
- two instructors at every class
- 2 hour opening seminar (humans only)
- four 1.5 hour hands-on classes
- total of 8 hours of education, exposure, and experience in a group setting
- outdoor classes (to deal with real-life situations); indoor classes during cold weather
- make-up class options
- $300 + GST
How old should my puppy be to start class?
Puppies can start class any time after 8 weeks of age; the ideal timing is about 12 weeks or three months old. At three months your puppy is coming into an exploratory development stage which is a great time to start training. If your puppy is a little younger or older thats not a problem; our instructors will tailor the experience to your pups development stage at the time of class.
Puppies older than 5 months of age at the time class begins, should consider jumpstart or core. Play styles and tolerance levels change around 5 months old, which can be overwhelming for the much younger pups in class. The adult learning environment, and working on patience and distraction training, will better meet the needs of puppies older than 5 months. Socialization is still incredibly important for these older puppies, so we recommend pairing your training with dayschool.
What vaccinations do I need before beginning class?
While three rounds of vaccinations are still recommended by vets nationwide, recent studies have shown that starting socialization around 8 weeks, in a clean and supervised environment, is far more beneficial to the development of your puppy than waiting until after the 16 – 18 week mark. For further information about the importance of early socialization, and how to keep your puppy safe, you can refer to this statement from The American Veteranary Society of Animal Behaviour or this article from our industry mentor Dr. Karen Becker: Early Immunization vs. Early Socialization in Puppies.
We do not require any set vaccinations prior to starting class. What we ask for is a healthy dog. As a general guideline, we follow Dr. Jean Dodd’s Vaccination Protocol with our own dog’s and recommend the same protocol to all of our clients.
Can other family members attend class with me?
We highly encourage every human who will be involved in the dog’s life to attend training. The best gift you can give your dog is consistency. Consistency helps your dog easily understand what you’d like from them, which creates reliable skills, makes training quicker, and builds a more confident, relaxed dog. Sometimes this leads to more people than puppies in class, but it’s great for all family members to receive the instructions from our trainers to make consistency easy at home.
You may wish to purchase additional hands-free leashes to make it easy to switch your dog back and forth between you and your other family members.
If you have children, they are equally welcomed. However, loud noises (yelling/screaming), excited energy such as running and playing, even touching and petting other dogs can be disruptive and even dangerous. If you child is old enough to participate in class, we ask that you introduce any new skill to your dog first, and then assist your child with the skill next. (It’s easier for the child to have success if they dog has already been introduced to the skill by you first.) When children are working with their dog, our Trainers will provide coaching or feedback, just as they would for you. (Child-sized hands-free leashes are available for purchase too!)
What Our Clients Say
Karli and Seanna are just amazing and passionate trainers. They were always attentive and their expertise really made a difference in making me more confident with my dog. I learned a lot about Twix, but also about myself and I couldn’t thank them enough for that. Training was intense but necessary and I doubt that we would get that somewhere else. Hope to work with them again during core!
Anne-Lise, with Twix
All the instructors were very knowledgeable, professional, and consistent. We learned a LOT in this class and we were very impressed with the progress that our puppy made from the start to the end of the program. We have already recommended Clever Canines to friends and family!
Amanda, with Gizmo
There is a ton of information that you learn that you can practice at home. Very structured class, with tons of support both in class and from home if you call in. Support extended to other areas other than training as well. Alex and Rachel were fantastic instructors, I would recommend!
Alisson & Peter, with Remmy