Our popular Life Skills program is now offered in multiple formats! This program is perfect for puppies, new dogs, adolescents, and new adoptions. We cover all “the basics” of manners training and easier living with your dog! You can find full content details on each program webpage.
Virtual Life Skills is perfect for pandemic safety, for those living outside of Guelph, and owners with hectic or unpredictable schedules! Get started on-demand and receive personal feedback on your training for the duration of the 8-week program.
In-Person Life Skills is great for those living in or near Guelph who enjoy the accountability that comes with a in-person, weekly interaction, and whose schedule allows for consecutive classes for this six-week program.
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.
Follow the below steps to register for Puppy Parties!
Email the required Health Documentation (above) to the office.
Book your Play Group below! If there are two groups available: – For SHY or SMALL puppies: Book the EARLY group – For BOLD or LARGE puppies: Book the LATER group – Your puppy may need to be moved between groups depending on the other puppies present in each – If your group isn’t on the schedule, contact the office
Send payment via email money transfer to complete registration. Your booking is tentative until payment is received.
Check your email for instructions.
Book Your Puppy Party!
If a party is full, check back later or contact the office to be put on the waitlist!
Winter Weather Advisory: Puppy Parties will NOT be cancelled unless the weather is truly extreme – be prepared for our Canadian winters! Credit/refund will not be available for a missed Party unless the Party itself is canceled/rescheduled.
Dog training in the age of Social Distancing… it CAN be done!
The COVID-19 pandemic has created lots of barriers in our lives, but luckily we can achieve the same great training 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!
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”
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
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:
Submit the registration form below and specify your preferred class day
Once your start date is selected, submit payment within 24hrs to confirm your spot
Attend SIX consecutive weeks of in-person training classes with your dog
Masks that cover the nose/mouth and without vents are strictly mandatory when indoors and sanitizer is provided, as directed by WDG Public Health. No vented masks or bandanas.
Small group class size and limited attendance
Frequent cleaning and disinfection of the premises
Social/Physical Distancing in effect
Puppy Party Drop-offs prevent contact between owners 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 COVID-related closure, illness, or quarantine that prevents either the running or attendance of in-person classes, all students will immediately transition seamlessly into the Virtual Life Skills Program to complete their program in an online format including personal feedback and guidance.
Masks are mandatory, and must cover the nose and mouth, no vents or bandanas. Virtual or outdoor private training is the best option for those who are uncomfortable in or unable to wear a mask.
One handler per dog is permitted in the facility in order to allow for distancing. Family members may switch off each class.
In case of any COVID-related closure or absence, including illness, quarantine or isolation, all students will transfer to the Virtual Life Skills Program to complete the remainder of the program, and receive a bonus 30min ZOOM coaching session. No refund, credit or other service will be provided in this circumstance.
Your program will run for six consecutive weeks from the confirmed start date (save for clearly stated holidays/cancellations). Make up classes are not available, however you will have access to class instructions in order to keep up.
Your new dog/puppy must be living with you for at least 7 days prior to your first class.
Documentation of vaccination (Parvo/Distemper, Rabies if applicable) is required for ALL dogs.
Because COVID symptoms mimic regular cold and flu, should your instructor become ill class will be cancelled and run an extra week in length. Please leave an extra week of availability after your program to accommodate possibility of this safety procedure.
Winter Weather Advisory: Classes will NOT be cancelled unless the weather is truly extreme – be prepared for our Canadian winters! If you feel unsafe driving in winter weather, or are coming from a distance, please consider joining Virtual Life Skills instead. Check the Online Resource Classroom for content if you have to miss a class. If a class is cancelled you will be contacted directly.
“Socialization: That just means having friends over and going to the dog park, right…?”
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.