Our Zen Puppy Development series is a two-course program, designed to address the specific socialization and education needs of puppies 10 weeks through seven months of age. Your puppy will leave this program with a solid foundation necessary for more advanced training and everyday skills that you can build on as your puppy matures. What puppies learn first they learn best, and early puppy training forms the working relationship and habits that will be a part of your puppy's life.



World renown veterinary behaviourist Dr Ian Dunbar first coined the idea of kindergarten classes as a low-risk way to safely socialize puppies during their critical imprinting period, which ends at 16 weeks.  Taking this concept and many of his teachings, we offer a puppy kindergarten class in Kerrisdale, incorporating also Susan Garrett, Brenda Aloff and Fanny Gott's philosophies into a well-rounded course. Over the six week program, puppies will start on a solid obedience foundation, learn toy/play skills, acquire body awareness through agility equipment, learn proper dog-to-dog social skills and play etiquette, and learn basic handling and animal husbandry protocols.  Contests, tricks, rally-o, and puppy agility round out this interactive class. Each lesson is supplemented with a detailed, weekly homework sheet, and the course comes with a goody bag of training supplies and treats.

Our next class is September 10th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We also have a class starting September 26th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

This six week course is held at Simply Natural - 5565 W. Blvd.  
Cost is $199+gst
Restricted to puppies under 14 weeks of age on the first day of class
(larger breeds must be 12 weeks of age or younger).  
Due to classroom size, two humans per puppy allowed to attend.

Contact us at k9@zendogtraining.com for more details.
To register please call Simply Natural at 604.266.1125.


Building on the concepts taught in Kindergarten, this course shifts from socialization to skills-building.  Puppy Grade One focuses on impulse control, targeting and shaping games, obedience foundation, loose leash walking, and toy/play skills.  Packed with information, Puppy Grade One will give you and your dog a huge range of learning skills. Weekly homework sheets supplement the lesson plan and support your daily practice.  Our Zen Puppy Kindergarten or Zen Puppy Foundation Primer are a prerequisite, as this is a level 2 course in our puppy development program.

Next class starts October 12th, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

This five-week course is held outdoors in Kitsilano.  
Cost is $180+gst
Restricted to puppies 4 to 7 months of age.  
Please contact k9@zendogtraining.com to register.


Missed our Kindergarten class but still want to join us for Puppy Grade One?  Or simply want to get a solid start with your new puppy but don't have the time to take group classes? This puppy crash course covers what we consider to be puppy basic essentials. Held in the comfort of your home and your own schedule, these two 60-minute private lessons will go over the fundamentals of marker training, core obedience skills, impulse control and boundary exercises, and toy/play basics.  This mini course comes with a detailed homework sheet to supplement the lesson plan and help you keep on track!

Cost is $220+gst  
Open to puppies up to 6 months of age.  
Contact us at k9@zendogtraining.com to book your private course.


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