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Focus on Puppies

Training: Focus on Puppies
Building a lifelong bond with your new best friend. We use progressive reinforcement training methods in comfortable, pet friendly environments with an emphasis on fun and learning.

Our puppy program focuses on socialization and how to help you and your puppy to develop and reinforce healthy, desirable behaviours.

Progressive Reinforcement Training
Progressive reinforcement training essentially means teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviours and excluding the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidations.

How old should my puppy be to attend ‘Focus on Puppies’ sessions?

Vaccinated puppies between the ages of 9 and 20 weeks of age are ideal candidates for the ‘Focus on Puppies’ program.

Pricing

The ‘Focus on Puppies’ program offers four sessions for $86.96 plus HST. We welcome your participation in up to two additional complimentary sessions if more socialization and/or owner support is needed.

When do the classes start?

Continuous Enrollment means that you can start anytime and not miss that critical window of time when your puppy is most open to socialization.

Contact us for dates, times and locations.

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

Pets can get lost which can be a traumatic and possibly tragic event.  It’s important to have a collar and ID tag, but these are not foolproof.  Collars can break or fall off leaving your pet unidentifiable. This can be prevented with the use of a microchip. As noted in the Dartmouth Tribune in April 2017: A pet is lost every seven seconds One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime Only 2 percent of lost cats and 17 percent of lost dogs with ID return home When a pet gets lost, they are 20 times more likely to make their way back home when they have a microchip A microchip is a small chip that is encoded with a unique identification number.  It is no bigger than a grain of rice and implanted just under the surface of your pet’s skin.  The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is virtually painless to pets.  Once implanted, the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Since it’s under your pets’ skin it can’t break or fall off like a collar or tag. The chip is powered by a scanner which sends a signal to the chip and receives the identification number stored on it.  A vet or shelter can use the scanner to read your pet’s chip.  With the identification number, your pet’s information is a phone call away. When your pet is microchipped, it is linked to a database with your contact info.  It is essential that you register the microchip and ensure your contact information is kept up to date.  If you move or change phone numbers be sure to update your information.  Microchips are reliable and use nationwide registries, but they depend on the information you provide. If you want to improve your chances of getting your pet back home quickly and safely microchipping is highly recommended.   Written by Tracy LeFler, Site Coordinator Edited by Janis Wall, RVT

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