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Pup Start Private Workshop Series

Start your puppy’s life on the right paw

Give your pup the best start with Pup Start! This workshop series is tailored to your individual needs and goals.
You will work with a seasoned professional Certified Canine Behaviour Consultant and her team to socialize and train your new puppy in a safe environment. This is important because your puppy needs positive experiences with other dogs and people to learn how to behave well in the future. We provide a safe socializing experience with vaccinated dogs to assist with socializing and manners training, which will lead to a lifetime of happiness with your new best friend.

Your puppy’s critical socialization period will establish positive experiences with different people, dogs, environments, and situations. Your puppy’s experiences before the age of 16 weeks will greatly impact their behavior as an adult, so it’s important to be proactive and not wait for issues to arise. To achieve a well-adjusted adult dog, our Certified Canine Behavior Consultant and a team of skilled trainers will work with you during this critical stage.

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Pup start private workshop series at Cochrane and Area Humane Society

Register today!

To register, send your completed Pup Start Application to If you have any questions, please call 403-932-2072 ext. 104.

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Workshop outline

This course will cover many common behaviour problems, such as:

  • Jumping up on people or furniture
  • Mouthing and biting
  • Excessive barking
  • Counter surfing, stealing food, and begging
  • House training and potty training
  • Digging and destructive chewing
  • Separation anxiety
  • Animal, people, and noise sensitivities

The workshop series includes:

  • 7 hours of working sessions with your puppy in your home or at the Cochrane & Area Humane Society’s Rehabilitation and Education Centre
  • Support via email/Zoom and video demonstration between sessions and for 4 weeks after series completion to see your puppy into adolescence (up to 30 minutes/week)
  • Future private consults at a discounted rate

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Training Benefits

  • Better behaviour: A well-socialized puppy is less likely to display aggressive, fearful, or anxious behaviours. They are more confident, resilient, and overall better able to handle new experiences and environments.
  • Better health: Properly socializing a puppy can help reduce stress, which in turn can prevent health problems such as digestive issues, skin conditions, and heart problems.
  • Better relationships: A well-socialized puppy is more likely to have strong, positive relationships with people, other dogs, and animals.
  • Improved obedience: Well-socialized puppies are easier to train and have better obedience skills, as they are more confident and less likely to be fearful or anxious in new situations.
  • Increased adaptability: Socialized, resilient puppies can adapt to new experiences and environments, making it easier to handle new situations and life changes.
  • Enhanced quality of life: A well-socialized puppy makes an easier adult dog companion and is more likely to have a high quality of life, as they are happier, healthier, and better adjusted—as you will be, too!
  • Stronger bond with owners: Socializing a puppy will help strengthen the bond between the puppy and their new family, as they learn to trust and rely on each other.

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Training costs

Full course
$1400 Regular / $1300 for CAHS adoptees

Additional private sessions
$1050 - Available until your puppy is 8 months of age; non-transferable to another dog

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Tracy Keith
CBCC-KA, CCPDT, Fear Free Certified Professional, CPDT-KSA, Pet First Aid

About Your Trainer

Tracy Keith, co-founder and former Executive Director of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society (CAHS), has been training and rehabilitating dogs in a shelter environment for 25 years. Tracy specializes in fear and aggression in dogs and is committed to using only positive methods with both humans and animals.