Your dogs behaviour isn't only affecting their lifestyle. 
It's affecting yours!

Puppy Preschool - OPEN REGISTRATION

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

No need to wait for a new start date.  Class runs continuously and you can join as soon as you get your puppy.  

A puppies 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 it's pros and cons, we strongly believe that providing a safe environment for puppies socialization is the best solution.
To ensure the safety of the puppies in the group, all puppies must be up to date on their vaccines (8-12-16 weeks) but are not required to be fully vaccinated.
Class is open to puppies 8 weeks - 5 months.

Puppy Preschool is full of socialization, fun activities, sensory games, relationship building exercises, house training tips, and a little bit of basic obedience +PLUS virtual training.   

Here is some great info about puppy socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour.

Classes run every Wednesday night from 5:45-6:45pm.

Cost is $315 (tax included) for 6 classes & online course work!
O
pen registration (You can join at any time! No start or end date, the class just keeps on going.)

Once registered, please ensure that you have a chance to watch the "Before your first class" video


**DO YOU WANT PUPPY PRESCHOOL FOR FREE?** 
Sign up for both Puppy Preschool, Puppy Boarding School and Behaviour Basics to get your Puppy Preschool FREE!

Puppy Boarding School

Pack socialization, behaviour & training!  Prepare your pup for real world experiences.

Ideally for puppies 4-6 months but beneficial for any puppy at any age. Puppy Boarding School offers 7 or 14 days of full immersion training.  The opportunity to learn from a well-balanced pack is a sure step in the right direction to having a well-socialized dog.

The primary focus of Boarding School is healthy dog to dog socialization sprinkled with daily outings, Adventure Hikes and basic obedience training.

Your puppy will live in our home with a balanced pack of adult dogs who can help your puppy learn appropriate social interactions, because nobody teaches dog play better than another dog.​


SAVE YOUR SPOT!  Spaces are limited to 1 puppy at a time.
We love puppies and puppy play is one of the cutest things in the world, but adult dogs don't play the same as puppies so it is important that they learn what is acceptable among adult dogs to help them develop healthy mature social behaviours. 

 

Behavior Basics

We help you and your dog learn to communicate together.
 

We all have this dream that when we get a dog we will have this harmonious lifestyle together.  We can just hang out together, adventure together and that they will be the perfect fit for our family.

Maybe that's not how things turned out...

Now you are feeling frustrated ...by your dog's begging.
                                                  ...by your dog's leash-reactivity.
                                                   ...by your dog's excessive barking.
                                                    ...by your dog bouncing off the walls, unable to relax.                                                                             ...by your dog's rude behavior when you have guests over.
                                        


Are you feeling defeated because the vision you had of having the perfect dog is slipping away and being replaced by your frustration at their bad behaviour?

You are not alone!

This is when most people seek out an obedience class, to learn how to control unruly dogs.

But we know that obedience is simply just that, control.  We aren't saying that having control of your dog is a bad thing, it's not.  But we know that you want a dog that can just BE!  Not a dog that needs for you to control them with a sit, down or heel command.

Only a small percentage of problems are solved by obedience because having a well-behaved dog and a well-trained dog are two very different things.

Obedience is task-training and a well-trained dog is good at following instructions to perform the tasks that have been taught.

Behaviour is how your dog CHOOSES acts when they are not in a command.  Behaviour is what your dog does when you aren't telling them what to do. Or when there is food on the table, a knock at the door, or while passing another dog on the street.

This is the vision that dog owners have when they get their dog! The dog who chooses to BEHAVE well.  And we want to help you get back on track to having the relationship your dreamed of with your dog.
           
                          
Behavior Basics is an 8 week program that teaches you:
-How to create calmness with your dog
-The language of dogs and how to interpret what they are trying to tell you
-Relationship bonding exercises and experiences

-How to communicate to your dog in a way that the dog understands (don't worry, it doesn't include barking)
-How to help your dog learn to make good choices without being told
-Basic Obedience necessary for real life interactions
- ...and more! 

Your Behaviour Basics includes:
- 8 weeks of virtual learning
- 3 workshops
- a 1-Year Membership to all of The Crate Escape's services, including Packwalks, Socials, special member discounts on other programs and more.

 

Rover Rehab - Not just for aggressive dogs

Your dog isn't giving you a hard time, your dog is having a hard time.

The truth is that aggression isn't just a bad behaviour.  Aggression is an addiction. 

Addiction is a disease of brain reward, motivation and memory. It affects neurotransmission and interactions within the reward structures of the brain. 

It makes sense that all of the obedience training you've already done with your dog hasn't improved his aggression troubles.  You probably have a dog who can hold a Down-Stay command like a champ, but as soon as he sees another dog, he loses his mind. You're left feeling frustrated and confused. You've tried everything!  Why is he still doing this?  WHY.

Meanwhile your dog is feeling proud of himself. That happy tail is wagging, his sweet ears are perked up and he has a goofy grin on his face. 

The brain is pattern seeking and when he blew up at the dog walking past the house, he completed a pattern that has been established in his brain. Now that the pattern was completed, there was a release of dopamine and he is on a high, until he realizes how mad you are. 

BUT, no matter now mad you get, no matter what type of reward you offer or what type of punishment you give, his brain still needs to complete that pattern. That pattern is what makes aggression an addiction.

The good news is addictions can be treated.  Did you notice that we said treated and not cured?  
That's because there is no 28-day cure for addictions. There is no cure.
Rehabilitation is the process of getting the problem under control. After rehab, lifelong management, maintenance and treatment are still necessary.

How does this relate to you and your dog?  

Rover Rehab is a year long program involving integrated canine behaviour therapy and it's not exclusive to dogs struggling with aggression.  Rehabilitation is the act of restoring something to it's original state, such as rehabilitating a forest. Or physiotherapy rehabilitation after an injury.  It doesn't have to be associated with addictions but the premise is still the same; Rome wasn't built overnight.  True rehabilitation is a long process, it is in-depth, individual and thoroughly planned.

Just like rehab for an alcoholic does not involve sending them to a bar and then punishing them for taking a drink, rehab for a dog is not about punishing their mistakes either (yes, their mistakes will be addressed but simply punishing them won't resolve the problem.)

Rehab is about providing a healthy environment that will allow the brain to create new thought patterns and build new neuropathways.  It's a safe place to therapeutically work through problems and triggers and to learn a new skill set.

Do you feel like home is rehab for your dog or is it the neigbourhood pub where your dog makes poor decisions?

Rover Rehab gives you the ability to turn your home into the rehab your dog needs AND gives you the knowledge, skills and tools to be the therapist for your dog, to be the best you can be for your dog.

RR is for anyone who wants to have a deeper, more in-depth understanding of their dogs, for those who want to take their human-canine
relationship and their training to the next level.

Talk to us today to learn more about Rover Rehab.

Here is just a little more information about addictions in people.  It has some great information that you will find relevant to your dog.
https://www.asam.org/resources/definition-of-addiction

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