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THINKING ABOUT A PUPPY?
Have a look at this New Puppy Shopping List, B 4 U Get a Pet.ca and Before You Get Your New Puppy (a big download but well worth it), Finding a Good Breeder - great article from the British Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors).
GETTING A PUPPY or HAVE ONE NOW? - COME TO THREE FREE PUPPY CLASSES with PUPPY MONTESSORI PLAYGROUP
(for puppies 8 - 14 weeks - older puppies will need an assessment and must be under 7 months old)
Every class has time for play. We believe every puppy needs puppy classes - in a safe, fun environment for you both. Puppies must have had their first round of shots. Why we do this: puppies who go to puppy class have a much lower chance of being surrendered to a shelter at age six months (generally the height of teenage puppy misbehaviour) and we want to prevent this!
Follow-up 'Puppy Foundations" course is available at the end of three weeks.
Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independent thinking, freedom within limits, and respect for a youngster’s natural development. We want puppies to learn how to want to be great, well- mannered dogs- happy in your family.
What Vets say About Puppy Training - "the importance outweighs the risks" - for more detail see the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) position on Puppy Socialization
Coming to Puppy Class?
We suggest using a flat buckle collar with a four foot nylon leash for training (or a harness for small dogs.)
Please bring about two cups of raisin sized "high value" soft treats (think liver, cheese and similar goodies in small pieces) and a cup of your puppy's kibble.
Please bring your vaccination papers from your vet. Expect to stay about one hour, so make sure you've had dinner.
Wear comfortable clothes (there will be a lot of getting up and down). If you or anyone in your family has a medical condition that may require accommodation or emergency treatment, please let your instructor know when you arrive in class.
Have a look at our FAQ's page for more detail information.
Classes include Safe Puppy Playgroup - For puppies up to 20 weeks old. MUST NOT go to off leash parks. The purpose of this group is socialization and fun - in an environment that is as safe and clean as possible.
TIME: Wednesdays 6 - 6:45 pm
(skip dates: March 16th - school break)
COST: $10 per session or book 6 sessions for $50 (** free if you have a puppy in our puppy classes)
We do not take reservations for play time, so please show up on time or early for a spot (6 maximum).
Where: Play times are in our climate-controlled, clean facility with rubber flooring at 52 Victoria Road South (near York Road).
Kids: Well-mannered children are allowed. Children should not run & play with the dogs during the dogs' play time and must be supervised by someone 14 years or over NOT in charge of the dog.
What to Bring: Please bring your payment as cash or check, or your receipt if you paid online. Also bring with treats, shot records, and your dog on a regular leash (not retractable).
FOR OUR OTHER PLAYGROUPS (click here if your puppy or dog is over 20 weeks old)
More Puppy Resources:
A great start is to download our FREE Puppy Socialization Checklist.
It Takes a Pack to Raise a Puppy (from Suzanne Clothier)
An overview of Puppy Development Stages from Diamonds in the Ruff
Puppy Socialization from a Vet's Perspective
Puppy Socialization Round Table - Veterinary Medicine Magazine - Review the wonderful round table discussion on Puppy Socialization chaired by Kathy Meyer and appearing in the December, 2009 issue of Veterinary Medicine Magazine.