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You're not just raising a puppy.
You're raising the dog you want to have in the future.






Click on the Puppy Development Chart
for a printable download

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A puppy's most impressionable time is between birth and 16 weeks of age.
That is when they need to be exposed to as many sights, sounds, smells and stimuli as possible!

But we're told to avoid dog parks, pet stores and high traffic areas until they are fully vaccinated, typically at 16 weeks, meaning we miss the critical imprinting period.  

Studies have now shown that dogs are more at risk of being euthanized because of behaviour problems linked to lack of socialization than they are of contracting a deadly disease before being fully vaccinated.  While each option has its pros and cons, we strongly believe that providing a safe environment for Puppy Preschool is the best solution.
Here is some great info about puppy socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour.


Puppy Programs - starting at only $200!

Puppy Program Options

Puppy Preschool

Let our Canine Behaviourist guide you and your puppy through the most influential stage of your puppy's life; providing healthy and positive socialization to dogs, people and other animals.  Open to all puppies age 9 weeks - 6 months.

This program includes:

  • 7 Group Classes

  • 3 month Membership to Socials & Packwalks

OPEN REGISTRATION! Our 6 week curriculum runs on repeat.  That means you can jump in at anytime without missing classes.  

Click here to learn more!


The Canine Way
Foundation Program

The Canine Way is the course we believe every dog owner needs.  We go beyond obedience and help you to understand your dog.  This introductory course will teach you about canine language, culture and how your relationship dynamics affect their behaviour.

Behaviour basics is a series of 6 mini-seminars.  Topics include:

  • Leadership

  • Relationship Reset

  • Behaviour & The Brain

  • Leash Connection

  • Way to Play

  • Canine Sociality

Don't wait until there are problems to fix.  Help your puppy become the best dog he can be from the start.

Click here to learn more!


Puppy Week

Puppy Week is 7 (or 14) days of immersive learning with our Canine Behaviourist and well-balanced adult dogs to show your puppy the ropes.

This program includes:

  • In-Home Care

  • Daily Outings

  • Play-School & Adventure Hikes

  • Basic Obedience training (2 week)

Give your pup a jump start on good behaviour and healthy socialization.

A second puppy week is available to continue your puppy's education with foundation obedience. 

Pre-requisite: The Canine Way Foundation Program

Click here to learn more!

View our Membership page or join  The Canine Way to  become part of The Crate Escape family!

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