No group classes running at the moment as I search for a new training location. I hope to resume group classes this fall.
Currently only offering private lessons.
Start any week (if space is available)!!
Because puppies should start basic training and socializing as early as 8 weeks.
A unique window of opportunity to exists for puppies under 16 weeks of age where they sponge information during every waking moment. Giving your puppy the chance to learn positive play techniques in a safe environment will help him or her develop into a resilient, confident dog.
Introduction to basic manners during this class will help to make home-life with your puppy more pleasant, as you both learn how to communicate with each other.
A word on vaccinations: The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour supports puppies attending well-run puppy socialization classes prior to getting all vaccinations. In line with their recommendations, puppies with only their first set of vaccinations, and one deworming or negative fecal test are welcome to join classes, and should continue their vaccinations over the duration of this program. In fact, in 2013 a study described in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association concluded that puppies vaccinated at lease once prior to starting puppy classes at less than 16 weeks of age were at no more risk of being diagnosed with Canine Parvovirus infection than vaccinated puppies that did not attend classes.
Don’t wait to start training and socialization! Teach puppies good habits now, instead of trying to fix bad habits for the rest of their life!
How it’s done.
Themed classes will cover the following behaviours.
One of the main benefits of our puppy class is the supervised “play time” where puppies can socialize and learn how to play with other puppies in a safe environment. Owners will learn about dog body language and what good play behaviours look like.
$180 total cost for a 6-week session (each session is 1 hour).
** Free Professional Treat Pouch included ($23 value, for first-time Smart Paws students)!
Class size is limited to 5 puppies. Your space is guaranteed upon payment.
For your convenience, you can start classes ANYTIME! No need to wait weeks for a new course to start.
Simply attend one “People-only” orientation session (1-hour), then you can start with your puppy the following Thursday night. You will get 5, 1-hour weekly in-class training sessions.
Busy schedule? We know life happens (dance recitals, school events, etc.). If you let us know 48 hours in advance, you can miss 1 class, and we will allow you to make it up a different week. You have 2 months to complete this 6-session course.
For complete details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page (under the “Services” tab).
At Smart Paws, we use positive reinforcement training techniques to teach you and your dog the skills needed for a happy, co-operative life together.