Gentle Puppy Training Philosophy
In the past, dog training methods relied heavily on aversive means of motivation. Puppy owners were told not to begin training until 6 months of age – not because of inability to learn, but because puppies were unable to understand the coercive and hurtful techniques. In the early eighties however, dog training was revolutionized by positive reinforcement methods such as lure-reward training. Studies began to show that there is no minimum age as to when you can start training your puppy – there is no limit to what puppies can learn when training is fun and rewarding! Training your puppy at an early age means you can begin instilling good manners BEFORE bad habits and unruliness become entrenched! It makes use of the critical socialization period to habituate your puppy to all kinds of people (especially children, men and strangers). Young puppy training creates a “learning to learn” environment, where your puppy’s brain is stimulated and paves the way for later learning, and it allows for troubleshooting of common problems such as play-biting, house training and unruliness. All techniques used by Gentle Puppy Training Pet Dog Trainers are dog & people friendly. All training is FUN, EASY and EFFECTIVE for both dogs & owners. We say No! to using pain, fear or intimidation in training. Learn how to say Yes! Click & Play instead. As our mentor Dr. Ian Dunbar PhD says: “Training is not about dominance or obedience. Training is about Trust, Respect and Relationship” YES! We train puppies and YES! We train dogs of ALL AGES, BREEDS and MIXED BREEDS! Gentle Puppy Training promotes the use of humane training gear for your companion such as flat collar, head halter (Halti/Gentle Leader) body harness (Sensible Harness/Easy Walk). Gentle Puppy Training says NO! to choke-chain, prong collar and shock collars (aka .E-COLLAR & REMOTE COLLAR)! YES! WE ARE TRAINING CLASSES ALL YEAR LONG!
Group Classes For schedule check our colorful calendar too!
PUPPY PARTY Level 1 6 weeks program / 1 .5 hour lecture then 5 group lessons of 1 hour per week :$225.00* This class is intended for puppies * between 9 & 16 weeks of age on the 1st day of group class and their family. The class is taught off-leash for play time and training games, and on-leash for practicing loose leash walking and greeting people & dogs. The class priority is teaching puppies to develop a soft mouth (no jaws!) and socializing your puppy to people (children, men & strangers) and other dogs. It will also cover basic manners, potty training, crate training, chew toys training and home alone training, as well as coming when called, greeting people, learning to relax on cue, off leash & loose leash walking, handling, tricks, prevention, awareness & more! This class is unique; your puppy will be OFF-LEASH most of the time except when your are teaching loose leash walking. This puppy class is taught in real life format, with emphasis on VERBAL control first at home then out and about! Gentle Puppy Training believes Puppy Party Level 1 should be regarded as essential for any family/person adopting a new puppy. It is easy to teach on old dog sit down and stand. This puppy class is about bite inhibition (aka gentle jaws training), gentle handling by family first, then unfamiliar people, socialization & manners Potty Training Chew toys training Coming when called Leash training Self impulse control ( wait – Stay – Off!) Focus & Attention! ! IF THERE IS JUST ONE CLASS THAT YOU & YOUR PUPPY SHOULD DO…THIS IS THE CLASS! PUPPY PARTY Level 1 – ENROLL YOUR PUPPY NOW ! DO NOT WAIT! NO! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL YOUR PUPPY HAS ALL OF HIS VACCINATION TO TAKE HIM TO GENTLE PUPPY TRAINING’ PUPPY CLASS. As long your puppy is healthy, was checked by a veterinarian and have the 1st set of Puppy vaccination it is safe to bring him to class. Puppies as early as 9 weeks old come to Gentle Puppy Training ‘Puppy Class level 1 .By the time they graduate at the end of the 6 weeks program those puppies are way ahead on their manners, social skills and the MOST IMPORTANT ; they are CONFIDENT with PEOPLE and OTHER DOGS .Just remember the window of opportunity to socialise your puppy is 12 weeks old! There is numerous studies that confirm that statement: Socialization means :puppies should have seen, cuddled,and being handled by a minimum of 100 different persons at the breeder’s house then by 100 more people with his new family. By 12 weeks old EVERY PUPPY should have been handled and cuddled by a minimum of 200 DIFFERENT persons.: men , women, children, toddlers, seniors etc… Socialization create confident & happy dogs! Lack of socialization create timid, shy, fear biter , barking and reactive dogs DO NOT WAIT! TIME IS RUNNING ! DO NOT WAIT ! TIME IS RUNNING!
SCHEDULE EVENING CLASSES ONLY! 1st class Registration and Lecture @ 5:45pm – 7:30pm Group class.@ 6:00 – 7:00 pm for 5 weeks 1 hour /week —->FEES: $225<—-
JANUARY- FEBRUARY 2019 TUESDAYS: January 22- 29 – February 5 – 12 – 19 – 26 For Puppies born AFTER October 9 ONLY THURSDAYS : February 14 – 21- 28 March 7 – 14 April 26 NO CLASS March 21 SPRING BREAK For puppies born AFTER November 3 ONLY MONDAYS : February 25 – March 4 – 11 April 1 – 8 -15 NO CLASS March 18 & 25 SPRING BREAK For puppies born AFTER November 14 ONLY
If you miss the first Welcome Orientation Class, it is not to late to join the group class. Gentle Puppy Training offer a make up class that can be done anytime prior to the group class
***NEW ***NEW***TEEN JUNIOR PUPPY CLASS. 6 weeks program/1.5 hour Lecture then 5 group lessons of 1 hour/week : $225. This class is designed for pre-teenage and young teenage puppies 16 weeks of age to 24 weeks at 1st day of class . The program is similar to Puppy Party Class level 1 with a touch of Basic Family manners Class.
JANUARY 2019 SCHEDULE SATURDAYS ONLY 1st class Registration & Lecture 10:30am -12:15pm Group Class @ 10:30 – 11:30am 5 weeks 1 hour/week
SATURDAYS: January 26 – February 2- 9 – 16 – 23 March 2 For Teen Puppies Born AFTER August 18 ONLY .
PUPPY PARTY Level 2 Big Dog Teenage class!
5 weeks program / 5 group lessons of 1 hour per week :$175 This class is designed for * Puppy Party 1 Graduates only, up to 2 years old. Dogs & owners learn higher level basic manners skills, especially walking on a loose leash, heeling, recalls from play session & distractions, greeting routine, settle down, distance commands, sit/stay, down/stay & stand/stay with many distractions plus more tricks We accept a maximum of 4 dogs at the Gentle Puppy Training Sanctuary location
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2019 Schedule:
Group class.@ 7:30 – 8: 30 pm for 5 weeks 1 hour/week —-> FEES: $175
THURSDAYS: January 17 – 24 – 31 February 7 – 14
MONDAYS : January 21 – 28 – February 4 – 11- 25 NO CLASS February 18 BC FAMILY DAY
PUPPY PARTY Level 2 THE TINY MIDGET class!
5 weeks program / 5 group lessons of 1 hour per week :$175 This class is designed for * Puppy Party 1 Graduates only, . That is the level 2 with a tiny twist! This course is tailored for dogs that weigh 20 pounds or less Dogs & owners learn higher level basic manners skills, This unique course covers the important basics, including walking on a loose leash, heeling, recalls from play session & distractions, greeting routine, settle down, sit/stay, down/stay with many distractions plus more tricks, all with a little dog focus in mind. In addition, students will learn valuable tips on keeping small dogs safe in the city and travel training.plus more tricks We accept a maximum of 6 little dogs at the Gentle Puppy Training Sanctuary location for this class JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2019 Schedule: Group class.@ 7:30 – 8: 30 pm for 5 weeks 1 hour/week —–> FEES: $ 175 TBA
BASIC FAMILY MANNERS CLASS If your puppy is already over 6.5 months old (25 weeks ) so too old for Puppy Class level 1 & Teen Junior Puppy Class. This is THE class suitable for teenage adolescent puppies.
6 weeks program / 5 group lessons of 1 hour per week + a MANDATORY 1.5 hour private lesson/ coaching , assessment & training session PRIOR to the group class $350.00* Ideally suited to 6 months – 18 months old adolescent dogs.This class is offered to every teenage puppy that unfortunately has missed the Puppy Class level 1.& the Teen Junior Puppy Class This 6 sessions program focuses on teaching polite greeting manners (not jumping on people & dogs), coming when called (particularly around distractions), settle-down (relax and chill out), loose leash walking, handling (accepting hugs, pets, massages and being restrained), grooming, tricks, games, laughs & more. Yes! We welcome the whole family and will teach you how to establish a sound relationship & leadership by teaching your young dog good manners in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! SORRY:THIS CLASS IS NOT SUITABLE FOR DOGS THAT SHOW REACTIVITY ( AGGRESSION) TOWARDS PEOPLE AND DOGS ( please refer to Private Consultation services)
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2019 Schedule- Group Class @ 7:30pm -8:30pm for 5 weeks 1hour/week —->FEES: $350**. **That includes 2 hours of private training session and 5 X 1 hour/week group class
TUESDAYS : February 12 – 19 – 26 – March 5 – 12
BOW WOW CLICK & TREAT!
5 week program – 5 group lessons of 1 hour per week $175.00* Open to any dog that has completed a basic course. Owners learn how to improve their skills with clicker training or sound marker & observe their dog’s ability to perform easy & effective tricks in a relaxed & fun atmosphere! Clicker & folder include in fee.
2019 schedule Group class.@ 7:30 -8:30 pm for 5 weeks 1 hour/week THURSDAY S : TBA
For anyone already enrolled in a group class, who misses a class, a 45 minute catch-up class is available for $30.00, or 90 minutes for $60, for a MAXIMUM of 2 catch-up classes per program.
* All course registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. The balance of a registered course fee will be eligible for refund up to one week prior to the course start date. No refunds will be provided after that time. Rates are subject to change without notice
One-on-One at the Gentle Puppy Training Sanctuary OR In your home OR Out & About
Do you need specific, humane, stress-free and effective solutions and treatment planning? Gentle Puppy Training can help with problems such as: EXCESSIVE BARKING, DESTRUCTIVE CHEWING, HOUSE SOILING, PULLING ON LEASH, RUNNING AWAY, NOT COMING WHEN CALLED, AGGRESSIVE /OVER REACTIVE BEHAVIOR towards people , dogs, livestock, cats etc..RESSOURCE GUARDING , BITING, SEPARATION ANXIETY, INAPPROPRIATE DIGGING, FEAR , PHOBIAS, OBSESSIVE/COMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS etc… Sessions involve coaching (the owner) assessment ( of dog’s behavior with people and dogs if applicable) training session, , behavior modification plans, recommendations, feedback & follow-up. Gentle Puppy Training offers personalized training sessions at the Training Sanctuary or in the comfort of your home, at a time that is convenient for everyone. Each program is customized for your specific needs.
PUPPY HEAD START PROGRAM in – home session This is the best program when new puppy’s owners struggle with puppy’s normal behavior such as potty training ,crate training, puppy biting & nipping, destructive chewing,stealing, growling around food & toys, snapping/biting family members/grabbing the kids’s clothes & toys & barking. Gentle Puppy Training can help you to resolve those issues in a gentle way using modern , humane & puppy friendly training techniques & management. . Puppy Headstart Program is a 120 minutes coaching/training session A $25 discount for anyone taking Puppy Class level 1 & Puppy Head Start Program
FEES : ABBOTSFORD/ALDERGROVE STUDENTS : $185 Travel fees INCLUDED FEES: CHILLIWACK /MISSION/ LANGLEY/SURREY:$235 Travel fees INCLUDED
BEFORE YOU GET YOUR PUPPY: Pre-purchase puppy breed & mixed breed selection Puppy personality assessment at breeder’s place . Puppy orientation at veterinarian clinic Older and/or shelter dog assessment
Please contact Monique at Gentle Puppy Training for rates and further details about private consultations.