Puppy Training

Designed to help you raise a happy, confident, well-mannered puppy

Private sessions are tailored to you and your puppy’s needs, and includes guidance on what to expect from puppy adolescence and how to help address fear and prevent over-reactivity which commonly become problematic during adolescence.

Private Puppy Package

  • for puppies under 6 months at time of first consultation
  • $210 GST included
  • Initial consult: Part One (about 45 to 60 minutes) is held online or over the phone. Part Two (about 30 to 45 minutes) is held online or outdoors and must be used within 4 weeks of the initial consult.
  • detailed personalized notes and support materials
  • two e-books by author
  • free attendance to a two-month block of the Social Dog Walk class when your puppy is ready (conditions apply)
  • phone/email support

Puppy Package Plus

($315 GST included) This includes all the elements offered in the Private Puppy Package plus a set of 4 private mini classes (20 to 30 minutes each) to be used within 4 weeks. Meet with the instructor online once or twice a week for 20 to 30 minutes to work on foundation skills tailored to you and your puppy’s needs and skill level. Online coaching from your home provides both you and your puppy a low-distraction environment for more effective learning.

Private sessions are an effective way to supplement socialization and training for puppies already registered in another puppy class.

Oberhund Puppy Instruction is designed to help you:

  • safely socialize a puppy to a variety of new stimuli while avoiding overwhelming the puppy;
  • help ensure positive exposures to other dogs including appropriate, positive play and avoiding bullying behaviours;
  • recognize early signs of fear, reactivity, and aggression and how to appropriately prevent it and address the early signs.
  • address puppy behaviours like chewing, mouthing, biting and teach bite inhibition
  • protect bone growth plates during walks/exercise, play, using stairs, and jumping off furniture or out of vehicles
  • balance socialization needs with protecting the puppy from disease
  • housetrain, crate train, and prevent separation anxiety
  • teach the basics of Loose Leash Walking, Leave It, Give, manners when greeting people, Settle, Sit, Wait, and Stay.
  • teach puppy to enjoy basic handling for general care, vet visits and grooming
  • teach puppy to enjoy car rides and how to be calm and safe
  • prevent food aggression and other resource guarding behaviours
  • address/prevent jumping up, counter-surfing, barking


Five reasons for taking private training BEFORE attending a group class:

  1. Private training in a low distraction environment is much more effective and efficient than a group class. A high distraction environment of a group class makes learning difficult and and can lead to undo stress, frustration, and possibly anxiety/over-reactivity. A group class is suitable to practice (or “proof”) behaviours already learned and mastered in a low distraction environment.
  2. Private training in your home/yard/neighbourhood allows you and your dog to learn the skills in the context of your dog’s normal environment.  It may be difficult to transfer skills learned in a group class to a home environment.
  3. Private instruction is tailored specifically to you and your dog’s needs. You may be looking for instruction that is beyond the scope of a group class (e.g. separation anxiety, counter surfing, chewing, house soiling, stealing items, barking, etc.).
  4. Private instruction and assistance is immediate, unlike some group classes where an instructor’s time is divided, sometimes between up to 15 to 20 people in a class.
  5. Private training at your home reduces the risk of exposing puppies to disease and parasites, and it reduces the risk of behavioural problems resulting from inappropriate interactions with other dogs and people in a group class (often due to too many dogs in the space, people unable to control their dogs, and dogs with severe behavioural issues that should not be a in a group class yet).