Doggie high school

Small group training classes for juvenile and adolescent dogs

Most dog owners will go through difficult and challenging times over the years, especially during 3-18 months of age. Rescue dogs can be even more challenging.

Even if pet owners attend puppy-preschool (45/60 minutes of group training classes held once a week for 3-4-5 weeks) with their new puppies, few continue further training. Dogs go through a physical and mental developmental spurt from about 3-18 months of age with unique challenges, but they are likely to be grouped with adult dogs, who have already reached social maturity and are, therefore, in a different life and learning stage.

A significant number of adolescent dogs are relinquished to shelters, when cute little puppies grow into boisterous bigger dogs and/or owners don’t know how to train or handle them. My aim is to target the most problematic juvenile and adolescent age groups to fill in the developmental gap between puppy preschool and adult dog training classes.

Who is it for?
  • anyone with a “teenage” dog
  • anyone struggling with the boisterousness of their once cute little puppy
  • anyone who would like more training for their developing dog after puppy preschool (there is no prerequisite of attending doggie high school, but name recognition and the ability to sit on cue would be advantageous)
  • anyone questioning why they have a dog after all and feel like they’re at their wit’s end…
What is included?
  • small group training classes for a specific target age group: juvenile and adolescent dogs (between 3-18 months of age, up to 24 months for giant breeds)
  • strong focus on education about dog behaviour and this unique developmental stage (and how to survive…)
  • classes are held in an outdoor venue (such as a park) or at a vet clinic with sufficient space
  • minimum 3, maximum 6 dogs/families per course, depending on the venue
  • course lasts for 5 weeks with 60 minute training sessions held once a week
What is the difference?
  • qualified, experienced behavioural trainer
  • using only science-based force free training methods that have been proven to work
  • customised lesson plans instead of a standard program specifically aimed at the juvenile/adolescent age group
  • family members are encouraged to attend classes
  • customised training program based on individual needs to include exercises and educational topics relevant to client and dog needs (e.g. if all the pups in the class know how to sit already, trainer will not teach it again but provide progression exercises based on that behaviour)
How much does it cost?

The five week program costs $200.