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Puppy Party: Socialization & Play Group Drop-off

THIS is what you get to bring home from a Puppy Party!

A Puppy Party: Socialization & Play Drop-off is the ideal way to socialize your puppy while social distancing!

Drop your pup off at our door, and we’ll take your puppy for 90min of play, fun, socialization, confidence building and more. At the end of the Puppy Party, come back to our door for a no-contact pick up of your zonked out puppy.

Wondering about letting your 8wk old pup out to play? Check out this position statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour.

Meet Braxton, Mila, Lucy, Walnut and Willow in the Small Pup Group…
and Hank, Hazel, Bowie and Theodore in the Large Pup group!

The Details:

  • For puppies to start between 8-18wks, until they age out of the program (dependant on size, development, and play skills)
  • Puppies must:
    • be up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations
    • be appropriately dewormed
    • have appropriate documentation, as outlined below
    • have been adopted/home at least 7 days prior to the Puppy Party

Important Health Requirement:

Before your puppy can attend her first Puppy Party, health documentation is STRICTLY required. The following must be in place:

  • Vaccination of at least ONE set of age appropriate vaccines, including Parvo-Distemper
  • Deworming

We can accept the following forms of documentation:

  • An email from your local vet clinic stating that your puppy has received the above
  • A clear photo or scan of your puppy’s vet papers, showing vaccination and deworming

Take note that if this isn’t received prior to your first Puppy Party, your puppy will not be able to attend and credit cannot be transferred.

Schedule and Pricing

You can find the schedule at the bottom of this page.

Standard Pricing: $30+HST per session

Special price for puppies in our training classes: $20+HST per session
Join the All-Ages Life Skills Program (Virtual or in-person), or Private Training to access this discount!

Register Here!

Follow the below steps to register for Puppy Parties!

  1. Email the required Health Documentation (above) to the office.
  2. Book your Play Group below! Select the group based on the size of your puppy. If you’re unsure, contact the office for guidance.
  3. Send payment to the office via email money transfer to complete registration. Your booking is only tentative until payment is received.
  4. Check your email for instructions.

Select Your Puppy Party:
(Contact the office to be put on a waitlist!)

Click here if you have a small or shy puppy!

Click here if you have a medium or large puppy!

VIRTUAL All-Ages Life Skills

Dog training in the age of Social Distancing…
it CAN be done!

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down our in-person classes, but we can achieve the same great results with the wonders of modern technology!

Virtual Life Skills is an all-ages manners and obedience program, appropriate for puppies and adult dogs alike – with the BONUS All Things Puppy Classroom for puppies under 6mo!

Who says learning can’t happen on the couch?

We will cover topics including:

  • Come when called
  • Settle and stay on a mat
  • Polite leash walking
  • Dealing with distractions
  • Polite greetings with people
  • Prevent running out the front door
  • Impulse control around food
  • Preventing “Counter surfing”
  • And more!

See what students say about virtual training!

How Does Virtual Training Work?

Using a virtual classroom called Google Classrooms, you will be guided through training exercises with video demonstrations, verbal descriptions and written instructions. You will also receive entirely personalized feedback on your training from your instructor! This is NOT just a video tutorial.

Each exercise is broken down into easy-to-follow steps, and you will receive personalized support and guidance as you train your dog.

  • Train at your own pace and on your own schedule
  • Join class any time
  • Eight weeks access to dynamic content and personal guidance and training support
  • Access to the handy reference manual after your program is completed which includes written and video instructions for all training exercises

Technology requirements are:

  • A basic understanding of computer/internet use, including recording a video
  • Internet capacity that allows for watching and uploading videos
  • A computer, phone or tablet that:
    • Has a microphone
    • Has a camera
    • Can connect to the internet

Read the FAQ for more important details

The All Things Puppy Classroom!

Puppy students get a special discount on Puppy Parties: Socialization and Play Group Drop-off! Click the link for more info!

Puppy students receive FREE access to the All Things Puppy Classroom for information on socialization and problem prevention that is specific to puppies – including guidance on nipping, house training, crate training and more!

Want to try out Google Classroom?

You’re welcome to access the test classroom and familiarize yourself with how the platform works. Simply:

Watch this demo of Virtual Life Skills!

Register here!

$239+HST

Select your start date and complete the registration form

Notice: There will be a holiday closure from July 25th through Aug 9th. Feedback will be on hold during this time and you will maintain access to the course materials, and you will have an additional two weeks on your program as accommodation.

IN-PERSON All-Ages Life Skills

Life Skills is an all-ages manners and obedience program, appropriate for puppies, adolescents and adult dogs alike. Take a look below for details on the Puppy Socialization Life Skills Package!

We will cover topics such as:

  • Come when called
  • Settle and stay on a mat
  • Polite leash walking
  • Dealing with distractions
  • Polite greetings with people
  • Prevent running out the front door
  • Impulse control around food
  • Preventing “Counter surfing”
  • And more!

Package Options

Life Skills Package:

  • Orientation Webinar to watch before getting started
  • Six group classes with a flexible start date
  • Life Skills Program Manual including videos of training exercises
  • If you need a make-up class, stay caught up with Virtual Life Skills

Puppy Socialization Life Skills Package:

Available to pups aged 16wks and under. You get all of the above PLUS:

  • Access to the All Things Puppy Classroom for quick reference on common puppy issues, such as house training, nipping, crate training and more
  • Puppy Play & Socialization A discount on the Puppy Party: Socialization and Play Drop-off for your puppy to attend during your program and until s/he ages out

Flexible Start Date

You can start class any time space is available! No need to wait for a new session. All you need to do is:

  1. Choose your start date with the office
  2. Submit full registration and payment within 24hrs to confirm your start date
  3. Attend 6 consecutive weeks of in-person training classes with your dog

Join the Virtual Life Skills Program, and transfer into the In-Person Life Skills program as soon as the program starts!

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Small group class size and limited attendance as recommended by Public Health recommendations
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of the premises
  • Increased ventilation for indoor classes
  • Social/Physical Distancing in effect
  • Puppy Party Drop-offs prevent contact between owners during high-contact play, while maintaining socialization benefits for your puppy. Drop off your pup, play and socialization will be managed by your trainer, and you bring home a tired puppy!
  • In the event of a shutdown or illness, all students will transition seamlessly into the Virtual Life Skills Program

Schedule and Pricing

TBA when the facility reopens. Join the Virtual Life Skills Program, and transfer into the In-Person Life Skills program as soon as the program starts!

Join class ANY TIME and attend 6 consecutive classes to complete your program. Access your program manual and webinar(s) any time.

Register Here!

  1. Submit the intake form below by clicking on the 30th/31st (NOTE: this date does not represent your start date)
  2. We’ll be in touch shortly with instructions!

Join the newsletter for an alert when the In-Person Life Skills Program begins enrolment – OR join the Virtual Life Skills Program, and transfer into the In-Person Life Skills program as soon as the program starts!

Orientation Webinar

The Orientation Webinar is a free, no-obligation webinar that is open to everyone.

View as the prerequisite for group classes and private training – or simply to see what we’re all about!

Register below to receive an email immediately with details and links to view, and you can get started in class immediately!

Get Started!

Register below by clicking on the bold date and receive full instructions via auto-email.  Contact the office if you don’t immediately see an email.

Note: The date noted is for admin purposes only. Select the bolded date and register to receive an email with full instructions on how to get started in class.

Smart Socialization Puppy Seminar

“Socialization: That just means having friends over and going to the dog park, right…?”

Think again!

You’ve probably heard about socialization, but do you really know what that means? Often, “common knowledge” approaches to socialization can do more damage than they do good.  Proper socialization is like a ‘behavioural vaccine’ that can protect your puppy from developing a multitude of behaviour problems as an adult.

  • Did you know that this “window of socialization” closes at a very young age?
  • Do you know what are you doing now that might be putting your puppy at risk as an adult?
  • Are you missing critical pieces of the socialization puzzle?

Come learn about Socialization, what it is, what you need to do, and what you need to avoid.

Upcoming Dates:

No planned dates at this time

This is a “people-only” seminar

Are you interested in joining Puppy Socialization Class with your puppy? Click here for more info!