Hi everyone. Thanks for taking a moment to read my blog. I’m Nea DeMuri, the Dog Trainer & Behaviour Consultant at Furbaby Pet Care.
Ever since I’ve started with Furbaby Pet Care, I often get questions about how my group and private training classes are structured. We have a page set up for you on our website. But I’m also breaking down my courses in this posting on how to best choose a class or session for your dog.
What group classes are available?
Currently I run Foundations For Young Dogs and Puppy Blueprint on alternating months. I request that only two people per dog attend. Teens over 13 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Here is a breakdown of the group courses:
- FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUNG DOGS begins September 7, 2021. The class takes place every Tuesday and Thursday for 8 sessions. The cost is $250.00 and is for dogs 6 months to 2 years. This is a beginner level class – no previous training necessary.
- PUPPY BLUEPRINT begins in October, 2021, every Tuesday and Thursday. This class is $250.00 and the class is all about setting your puppy up for success for their life with humans and other dogs. The focus of this class will be to make the most of important developmental stages the dogs are going through to help them develop into dogs that are confident in new situations. This class is for pups 16 weeks to 7 months of age.
I will be introducing some walk along classes in September to help clients work on loose leash walking in the real world!
What is the availability for assessments and private training?
Currently I am available on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays but this will change in September 2021. You can find/create your account by clicking here.
How does private training work?
I start out by doing a meet & greet assessment where I take a history, assess behaviour and learn about your goals and concerns. From there, I can build a training plan for us to work through with lots of notes and resources for you to use in between sessions.
I generally recommend at least five training sessions for a behaviour problem; three, if it’s just learning basic commands like sit/down/come etc. We can work in your yard or neighbourhood, parks and pet-friendly stores such as Early’s or Rona.
When should you start private training?
I start working with dogs from birth! It’s very beneficial to start working with a trainer from Day One with your puppy, but for their safety, I will work with you on puppy training at your home until the puppy is fully vaccinated. Remember, when you do start bringing your puppy to Furbaby Pet Care, you will need to have your doggy fully vaccinated, including bordetella.
I can also start teaching young humans as young as toddlers to get them starting on very basic training and safety with their new puppy dog. So, if there is anyone in your family under the age of 16, they need to be accompanied by an adult.
How do we register for classes or private training?
You can use your client portal called Gingr, in the Furbaby Pet Care website to book services. Most of my services will be found under ‘training’ or ‘group classes’ but you will also find some services such as the ‘At-Daycare Training Break’ and the ‘Enrichment Break’ under daycare and boarding options.
You can find these options and more by clicking ‘request reservations.’ Private training will be under ‘appointments.’
How do I prepare for private training sessions?
Please bring lots of treats/kibble and a toy or two that your pup loves, and your usual walking gear.
Before bringing your dog to the facility your dog must be fully vaccinated (including Bordetella). Your records can be sent in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply bring these records to your appointment. Our staff at Furbaby Pet Care will upload the documents into your profile.
What are the vaccines that are required for my dogs to come to the Furbaby Campus?
This is a very important question and we urge you to ensure you have a good understanding about the vaccines. You will need to have:
- Rabies and
We do check your vaccination dates and may have to refuse any dogs whose vaccinations are not up-to-date, so please make sure you communicate with your veterinarian to ensure your puppy’s vaccines are current. Remember, while bordetella is not considered a “required” vaccination by your veterinarian, we have made it a mandatory requirement because of the number of dogs which enter our campus. As bordetella can spread rapidly, we take every precaution to keep all our furry visitors safe and sound.
What are your cancellation policies?
Please note, we do not offer refunds when you must cancel a session. We do however provide credit towards future services.
- More than 72 hours – full credit
- 72 hours – 24 hours – 50% fee
- 24 hours or less – 100% fee
Once you have made an account you can also book an appointment by calling the Furbaby campus at 306-912-7783, or emailing a booking request to email@example.com or by booking an appointment through our online booking system.
Some extra thoughts for you:
Dogs are most often surrendered to shelters between 7 months and 2 years. This stage of a dog’s life can be very difficult for everyone involved and it’s why I have developed these training course. When owners and their dogs receive training and support during this phase it is much less likely that dogs will be surrendered.
I do offer a ‘human participants-only’ option for training as well. It’s an option for folks who want to learn about the puppy training process but can’t bring a puppy for any number of reasons. Human only participants may sit and observe but will also be invited to join in occasionally.
Remember, these courses are about setting your puppy up for success for their life with humans and other dogs.