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Puppy training for a great start together

Private Puppy Training

Are you feeling excited but a little nervous about bringing your new puppy home soon?

Or are you already feeling the puppy blues, not sleeping at night, rescuing chewed chair legs and tending to the scars on your hand during the day?

I get it. Raising a puppy is a lot of work, and sometimes it's hard to know where to even get started. You're busy cleaning up puddles in the corner behind the couch, all the while you also want to make sure that you're training your puppy well, so that she'll grow into that wonderful family member who comes along for the ride, but chills on her bed when your friends are over for dinner.

This is why it is my goal to give you the best start possible! After all, puppy training is so much more than teaching your new family member to sit


- it's about getting her ready for a lifelong journey with you.

It's about sorting out the house rules (AKA the toilet is outside and hands are not chew toys).

It's about preventing costly (and, believe me, stressful!) problem behaviors in the future.

It's about laying solid foundations for all those behaviors that will make living together so much more enjoyable at home, and leave you confident that your pup will listen to you when you're out and about.

"The puppy program is a great program to get your puppy started on the right path! Julia's advice was incredibly valuable and I truly would have been so lost without her input!" Stephanie and Ollie

Private puppy training - with lots of extras

In my 8 week puppy program you'll learn how to raise and train your pup throughout the first weeks and months with you. We'll meet in your home for training sessions with your pup, so that you'll get our full attention during training and the certainty that we work on issues that are relevant to you. And we complement the learning with bi-weekly group online sessions that will give you the opportunity to ask questions without taking away from your training time, and an extensive online course so that you don't have to worry about taking any notes or sharing what you've learned with your partner or family.

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Your 8 week long experience includes:

Private Training (private or virtual)

We'll meet at your home or in your neighborhood. While we bring suggestions on what to cover, we will always be happy to personalize the curriculum based on your puppy's personality and your needs and experience level.

Group Experience

Virtual sessions incl Q&A on Zoom (without your pup)

Bring all your questions about current challenges with your puppy, and learn more about your pup without sacrificing training time. This is a group session for all current puppy clients.

Home Study Course

Get life-time access to a full online home-study course (beta version) with bite sized videos on each training topic and common challenges around raising a puppy - everything you need to know as a first time puppy guardian. You can learn more about the course curriculum here.

Optional: Field trips

Join us for field trips in the Burnaby area. We'll meet at local stores and parks for your puppy to encounter new experiences, meet other pups and practice their skills in a new environment. This is a group event for up to 4 puppies at a time, and can be booked as a separate add-on.

Puppy Program Light

2 Private Sessions (60 min each)

4 x Zoom Q&A sessions (group sessions without your pup)

Lifetime access to online course

Start anytime (availability permitting)

Optional: Field trip Add-on

Rate: $480 + GST

Field trip Add-On (4 x 45 min): $125 + GST

Puppy Program Excellence

6 Private Sessions (60 min each)

4 x Zoom Q&A sessions (group sessions without your pup)

Lifetime access to online course

Start anytime (availability permitting)

Email support between sessions

Optional: Field trip Add-on

Rate: $1040 + GST

Field trip Add-On (4 x 45 min): $125+ GST

How to get started

Complete the contact form or book a call to inquire about availability and the best service option for you.


Hey, I'm Julia

In my lifelong career of working with animals of different species - from dogs to dairy cows to the occasional kangaroo - and in different capacities - as a vet, as a welfare researcher, and as a trainer - I have learned time and time again that being proactive and preventing problems instead of fixing them saves you a heck of a headache (and money).

This is why I'm passionate about giving you the tools and knowledge for raising a happy, confident and reliable dog right from the start.

Read more about me here.

Want to learn more about which mistakes to avoid when socializing your puppy, how to potty train successfully and what to get for your pup? 


How long do I have to book my private sessions?

You have 8 weeks to book all your private sessions, starting the date of your orientation session. We encourage you to schedule all sessions in advance, but you can reschedule up to 2 sessions with 24h notice (Puppy Program Excellence) .

What will your puppy learn?

During our orientation session you'll get to choose what behavior challenge we work on (e.g. nipping, crate training, potty training etc.), and we'll cover the very foundations of how to train your puppy. In our regular sessions - other than working on socialization, and exercises to prevent problem behaviors - we'll teach your puppy his first skills. We'll get him started on sit, down, stay, responding to his name really well, come, and leash walking. We are also open to touch on any other behaviors that are important to you, or replace behaviors that you've already taught your puppy with different ones (e.g. if you've already taught your puppy to sit on cue, we can instead work on something else) - that's the beauty of private sessions!

To get a better idea, you can also have a look at the online course curriculum here. (This is still a beta version and more good stuff is being added regularly).

What about socialization with other puppies and dogs?

Having your puppy meet other puppies and dogs is of course important, but there are many ways to do this. You can join our field trips which is a group event with multiple puppies, and we're always happy to send you to trusted colleagues who offer puppy play groups. But socialization doesn't (and shouldn't) always have to include physical contact between dogs: even watching, hearing and smelling other dogs is a way of socializing your puppy and we'll show you how to do this safely.

Which training methods will we use?

We will use positive reinforcement training, which means that we will reward your puppy (mostly with food) for behaviors that we like. More than that, we'll make sure to create an environment where your puppy will be successful, so that learning is fun and effective. And if your puppy is fearful or not quite sure about something, we'll help her out by making things easier and pairing the scary thing with food so that she learns that it isn't all that bad.

How old should your puppy be?

This is a great program for puppies that are between 8 and 14 weeks old when you first join. We recommend that your puppy has received her first set of vaccinations. If you don't have a backyard we can meet a place where there are few dogs or the risk for dogs eliminating - and with that the risk for infections - is low (e.g. a quiet parking lot).

Where will we meet for private sessions?

We can meet you in your home (virtually or in person), in your backyard or at a local park. Meeting inside your home might be restricted due to Covid-19 regulations (see our updated policies here). Group classes will be held online.