Puppy Head Start

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Welcoming a new puppy into your home? Congratulations!! What a wonderful new adventure you’ve embarked on!

Knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. Everyone has advice to share, and online resources such as Google and YouTube are a hive of conflicting information. Even if you’re reading a good book on the topic, chances are your puppy may have read completely different books! 

YOU’VE LANDED IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

Welcome to Puppy Head Start!

For over 20 years I’ve been helping new puppy parents sort through all the noise and taking the overwhelm out of the process for them with a clear step-by-step plan to grow each puppy into the best dog they can be!

CONSIDER THIS A BEHAVIOURAL VACCINE FOR YOUR PUP!

Puppy Head Start clients have peace of mind knowing they are getting the benefit of the very latest knowledge and best practices regarding puppy development combined with over 20 years of experience. Unparalleled support alongside a clear guide as to what to work on each week are why we are the #1 recommended puppy training program by VCA Canada Toronto-based hospitals.

THE RAISING ROVER PROMISE:
SETTING YOU AND YOUR PUPPY UP FOR SUCCESS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!

When To Start Puppy Training?

The sooner you start working with your puppy, the easier it will be. Teaching your puppy what you’d like them to do is far easier than trying to correct bad habits and problem behaviours later on. 

The beauty of our puppy training program is that you can start immediately! No need to wait for vaccines or for your local puppy classes to open up for their next intake. 

TRAIN SMARTER NOT HARDER
IT’S FAR EASIER TO GROW A PUPPY, THAN TO FIX A DOG!

How can I socialize my puppy online?

People often worry that online training means their puppy will miss out on puppy socialization opportunities. But I promise you, the opposite is true!

EXPOSURE IS NOT THE SAME AS SOCIALIZATION!

The goal of socialization is to create a wide range of CONFIDENCE BOOSTING novel experiences and interactions for your puppy without making them feel overexcited or nervous.

Imagine walking into a pumping party and being asked to focus and learn something new while all that fun and commotion carries on around you. Or maybe you are a little shy – that party would be an overwhelming and scary environment and cause more social anxiety.

SOCIALIZE YOUR PUPPY THE WAY THE PROS DO - GRADUALLY AND NATURALLY

In-person puppy training classes can create a world of nerves, over-excitement and distraction which actually make your training HARDER! This is what I saw happening at traditional puppy training classes for years before I decided there had to be a better – and EASIER – way.

Online training makes it easy to learn new skills at lightning speed – so that you’re ready to get out there and start getting compliments. 

PUPPY HEAD START: YOUR SUCCESS IS MY SUCCESS😊
In this puppy program, you will learn:
YOU AND YOUR PUPPY CAN DEVELOP ALL THE SKILLS YOU’LL NEED IN A SAFE AND DISTRACTION-FREE ENVIRONMENT SO THAT YOU'LL BE PREPARED FOR WHATEVER THE REAL WORLD THROWS YOUR WAY.

Our puppy training program is available in 3 formats, to suit different needs and budgets. 

The content inside your online library of training resources is the same whichever package you choose, but the group and private programs offer more customization and personal support, where you’ll be signposted to the content that’s relevant to you as you progress through your training and you’ll have direct access to me to share videos, questions, and worries. 

In the group and private programs you’ll have me there alongside you to help you overcome struggles as they arise and make great strides with your training.  No need to wait a whole week until the next lesson!

Let's look at your options!

Private Puppy Training

8 Week Program
Favoured by people who want a completely bespoke and customized puppy training program to fit your home, your schedule, your dog, and you,

This is a 1-2-1 coaching program tailored entirely to you
  • 8 Private 1 Hour Sessions
    (in person or virtual)
  • 24/7 Lifetime Access to online library of 80+ Video Tutorials and 120+ training tip PDFs
  • Detailed & Customized lesson notes
  • Video Analysis & feedback to help troubleshoot and progress your training between lessons
  • Phone & Email support between sessions to answer questions and support you on your journey
  • Ongoing support for 30 days following program conclusion

Virtual Group Puppy Program

6 Week Program
Ideal if you want the community aspect of training alongside other puppy owners, while still having personalized feedback on your progress between classes,

Get the best of both worlds with a program that blends personalized support with group puppy classes
  • 6 Weekly Group Sessions (virtual)
  • TWO 30-minute private virtual lessons to provide more tailored support for you and your puppy. (students within my service area may opt instead for a one hour in person lesson)
  • 24/7 Lifetime Access to online library of 80+ Video Tutorials and 120+ training tip PDFs
  • Detailed & Guided Lesson Plan + training trackers
  • Video Analysis & feedback to help troubleshoot and progress your training in between group sessions
  • 25% discount on private one-hour consult (virtual or in-person depending on location)

Online Self Study

At your own pace
Perfect for Do-It-Yourselfers, experienced dog people in need of a refresher and devoted dog parents on a budget,

Access an expertly designed training plan to follow at your own pace, whenever you need it
  • Personal library of 80+ Video Tutorials and 120+ training tip PDFs
  • 24/7 lifetime access to online tutorial library of over 80 video tutorials and training tip PDFs
  • 25% discount on private one hour virtual consult

WANT TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR PUPPY TRAINING?

The following are available to all Puppy Head Start students regardless of which program you enrol in!

READY, SET, PUPPY! PREP LESSON

1-hour private lesson covering everything you need to ace those first 24 hrs with your puppy and give them a nice soft landing! Includes shopping list, puppy proofing the home, detailed plans for housetraining and crate training, getting through the first night and what to do about those puppy teeth! ($200+ tax – available only as an add-on to another program)

PUPPY PRIMER LESSON

Two 1-hour lessons in the first week after pup’s arrival designed to take the overwhelm out of having a new puppy! We’ll use this time to prioritize needs, create a detailed and realistic plan for early socialization and prevent the common mistakes that lead to problems down the road. We’ll get your puppy sleeping soundly through the night, starting to spend some time their own each day and reliably asking to go outside to do their business. You’ll also have my tried and true strategies for dealign with puppy biting and chewing – they don’t call them “land sharks” for nothing! ($350 + tax)

PRIVATE TUTORING

I’ll take care of the heavy lifting and come work with your puppy myself to TURBO-BOOST your training program. (minimum 10 hours, $1650 + tax)

What my puppy clients say!

Ready to start puppy training that’s fun, effective and easy to follow?