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 socialize 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<—-   

APRIL  2019

TUESDAYS:  April 2  @ 5:45 – 7:30pm Registration &                                  Lecture                                                                                        April 9   @  6:00 – 7:00pm Group Class                                    April 16 @ 6:00 – 7:00pm  Group Class              SATURDAY  April  20 @ 10:30 – 11:30am Group Class TUESDAY     April 23 @ 6:00-  7:00pm Group Class                                   April 30 @ 6:00- 7:00pm Graduation Night!                           For puppies born AFTER December 12 ONLY

NEXT  MONDAYS -TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS CLASSES: TBA FALL 2019 ???? WE ARE MOVING ..See details in Trainer’s tips .

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.   

   1st class Registration & Lecture 10:30am – 12:15pm           Group Class @ 10:30 – 11:30am 5 weeks 1 hour/week

NEXT SATURDAYS: TBA  FALL 2019 .??WE ARE MOVING See details in Trainer’s tips.

PUPPY PARTY Level 2 MIXED SIZE 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 -6 dogs at the Gentle Puppy Training Sanctuary location                                              

Group class.@ 7:30 – 8: 30 pm  for 5 weeks 1 hour/week                                    —-> FEES: $175     

 NEXT MONDAYS & THURSDAYS CLASSES:                                  TBA FALL 2019 ??? WE ARE MOVING .See details in Trainer’s Tips                                                                  

  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)  

Group Class @ 7:30pm -8:30pm  for 5 weeks  1 hour/week                                —->FEES: $350**.                                                                      ** includes 2 hours of private training session and 5 X 1 hour/week group class

    NEXT BASIC FAMILY MANNERS CLASSES:                                    TBA FALL 2019??? WE ARE MOVING…See details in TrainersTips


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.

  Group class.@ 7:30 -8:30 pm  for 5 weeks 1 hour/week                       NEXT THURSDAY S :                                                                         TBA  FALL 2019?? WE ARE MOVING ..See details in Trainer’s tips                                                                                                        

Catch-Up Class

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.

Drop-Out Policy

* 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

Private Consultation

One-on-One at the Gentle Puppy Training Sanctuary OR In your home OR Out & About

Behaviour Problems:

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.

Additional Programs:

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:$225                                             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   

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