Dreamland’s Puppy Training and Socialization Class
Please Note: We are unable to run classes due to COVID-19.
When we return to Orange level, our classes will start again.
Puppies are incredible! From the moment they join our families our pups are catapulted into an exciting new world filled with endless opportunities to learn. Since learning happens whether we want it to or not, what exactly should we be teaching them?
Like us, our dog’s education happens in layers and begins with lots of positively reinforced opportunities to practice and learn desirable behaviours. Each 45 minutes session is designed just for puppies 10-18 weeks of age. A maximum of 4 pups attend each class, helping to ensure you and your dog will receive the support needed to be successful. Our flexible program offers open enrolment, meaning you can decide whether to attend each week and only pay for the classes in which you participate. The program provides 5 weeks of curriculum and then repeats.
We are committed to offering you and your pup a compassionate, kind, choice filled learning environment. We utilize reward based training methods that do not involve pain, force, intimidation, compulsion or fear.
$45.00 per class
Classes are 30 minutes
Thursdays: 11:30am, 1:30pm and 7:00pm
Questions before registering?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
While each class varies in content, each week we will practice activities centred on the following subjects:
- Handing and cooperative care
- Teaching bite inhibition and reducing puppy biting
- Teaching relaxation
- Introductory exercises to support loose leash walking
- Introductory activities for name recognition and recall
- Self control games
We will also cover one important puppy topic each class, subjects include:
- How to prevent resource guarding
- Appropriate exercise and enrichment
- Crate Training
- Potty Training
- How to play with your puppy
What To Bring to Your First Class
- A 6 foot nylon leash, no Flexi leashes please
- 1 cup of treats: They should be the size of a pea, smelly and soft
- ½ a serving of your dog’s food
- A harness with a front and back clip (at minimum it must have a back clip)
- A food dispensing toy like a Kong or West Paw Topple that is stuffed with your choice of food e.g peanut butter, frozen yogurt or canned dog food
- A treat pouch: we need to be able to get food into our pups mouth quickly, a sweater with pockets could also work. Pant pockets or Ziploc bags take too long to open
- A mat, bed or towel suitably sized for your dog to lie on
A special note on puppy playtime: Creating successful play opportunities for puppies involves more than just placing young dogs together in a room. Our puppy classes allow dogs of different sizes and ages into the same class. As a result, off-leash play is not part of this program unless we happen to have appropriately matched dogs enrolled. If you are looking for dog-to-dog socialization for your pup, please check out our Pup Social program.
Determining if private training or a class is the right fit for you pup:
An essential part of successful training involves placing our dogs in the ideal conditions to learn. While classes can be an enriching and enjoyable experience for some pups, learning in class isn’t easy. In fact for many pups, classes are highly challenging environments where distractions are at their highest. As an alternative to the group program, we also offer our puppy class curriculum in a private setting where pups can learn in a less stressful and distracting environment.
A private class may be the best choice for your pup if:
If you are unsure which setting might be the best for your puppy, please send us an email: email@example.com
$45.00 per class
Classes are 30 minutes
Daytimes and some evenings sessions available on
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays