dogma takes the concept of doggy daycare and turns it on its head! There are NO little dog packs running around in an unruly environment, at dogma. We limit the number of dogs in each class to a maximum of 10, in order to maintain our strict safety protocols.
PLUS, your dog is trained by a certified dog trainer, while he or she is in our care. That’s the difference between a dog daycare and a day school!
We are the only dog daycare facility in Calgary that has a curriculum developed by a DCBC, CPDT-KSA, and a CBCC-KA certified dog trainer. That means your dog gets to take advantage of a level of instruction that’s usually only offered to people attending high level dog training classes. Instead your dog gets that kind of training, while you’re at work, or out and about doing your thing.
Getting your puppy started off on the right paw is our goal for kinderPUPS. The early stages of your dog’s life is a critical time for learning, and we want to make the best of it. That’s why we make sure these classes are limited in size, and that your puppy gets individual attention with one of our certified trainers. First day assessments are booked Tuesday through Thursday and your puppy would spend their full day working on their training & socialization with a certified trainer. The classes are fun and active, with lots of time for rest and play, so that your puppy can have the best day possible.
“I’m not sure what magic you folks are doing with Ruffian at daycare, but in the past 3 weeks since starting daycare, his behaviour at the park (with and without his ball) has improved dramatically. Not to mention his ‘drop’ command is actually working the majority of the time rather than just being a suggestion. Thank you!!!”
“Although Sully is still just a puppy and has his moments, he has come a long way with the help of all the trainers at dogma. He always comes home a tired and happy puppy from kinderPUPS. The trainers make a noticeable difference in encouraging good behaviours and addressing his not so good habits! Sully responds really well to the positive training techniques used by dogma. He is always beyond excited to see his favourite dogma trainers. dogma’s PUPS Socialization classes, kinderPUPS and urbanK9 have also been extremely helpful for me by teaching me how to enjoy and have confidence in my own dog, how to read other dogs, and how to appropriately discourage bad behaviours. Thank you for all of your hard work!!
“…All of you do such an awesome job at Dogma. Some of the faces have changed since we first started coming to Dogma – but one thing has stayed the same: your love of the dogs and your commitment to making Dogma the absolute BEST daycare in Calgary. Buster will miss not being a regular at Dogma U, but like I say, I’ll make sure we visit a couple of times a month so he is not a complete stranger. And I will miss you. Dropping Buster off before work, and picking him up after has been a big part of my routine. You guys have made our days very special. Thank you so much.”
“It has been four years, Joseph has taught us a lot, he has challenged our courage, tested our patience, brought new meaning to the term ‘commitment’, changed our lives in so many ways. He is an absolutely
amazing dog, accepting him for ‘who’ he is, and helping him succeed, become all he can be, has been the most incredibly amazing, rewarding, heartwarming journey! Thank you! to Joseph’s ‘team’ for making the seemingly impossible – possible.
To those at Dogma who have ‘met’ Joseph, and had him ‘speak’ to you, Thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. It was wonderful to know so many were cheering us on.
A special ‘Thank you’ to Megan, for your dedication and commitment to helping dogs like Joseph. For helping us when it seemed no one else would, for ensuring we got on the right path with Joseph, for your ongoing support and excellent advice over the years, and for just ‘listening’ when things got rough. Thank you for ‘being there’ for all of us!
‘Rescuing one dog, may not change the world, but it will surely change the ‘world’ for that one dog.’
Thank you for helping us change Joseph’s world!”
I just wanted to take a minute and let you guys know how much we enjoyed the playtime clinic last night. When I signed up for it with Luna I was a little unsure on how it would work as she can be a bit timid at first. She started on the mild timid side, ended up having a few play sessions on the wild side before being able to play with the whole group. I was really impressed to see all the dogs enjoying themselves and the conversations going on in the room. Luna has made leaps and bounds since starting with Dogma in November and she wouldn’t be where she is now without the help of your trainers!
I cant say enough about the class last night and the teacher.
Thanks for everything you guys do!
Kristina Johnny and luna”
“If anyone wonders if the KinderPups program is a good one, here’s a photo of my Enzo walking confidently on the grating at Westbrook Station. There’s a lot of it there & when the trains pass underground it echoes & there’s all sorts if noises. Enzo was exposed to grates, different textures & sounds at KinderPups daycare; and so he didn’t think twice about walking on the strange textures or hearing different sounds.
My previous dog, I could never get him to try walking on grates, anywhere.
“I wanted to write a thank you note to both of you for all the suggestions and work you have done with Pax over the years. Most recently, you came over to help us with issues around Pax and my daughter Emma – we had worked hard on all the suggestions you gave and now that Emma is almost two and Pax is almost 12, I am happy to report that the two of them are best buddies. I could not ask for a better dog for Emma – he is unbelievably patient, loving, affectionate and gentle, they love to be together and will seek each other out often for attention and play.
We were told by family, breeders, friends and doctors to put Pax down as he was 10 and had “lived a good life” and the risk of potential aggression towards Emma was not worth any gain. They were wrong. Pax has never hurt Emma nor has he shown any aggression towards her and I am so happy we made the decision to work with you to find a solution for him and for us. He continues to be a loving family pet and a vital and important part of Emma’s young life.
Although he is now quite hard of hearing, with poor vision and incontinence, we are happy to have him in our lives and will continue to do our best for him in the remaining years he has here with us.
Thank you both for your expertise and support. We couldn’t have done it without you.
“I just wanted to thank you so much for such an amazing program. Not only have I noticed such an improvement with Murphy but also with myself. I’ve already been in situations with him where I’m impressed with how confidently I handled it, compared to even a few months ago. I know Murphy (and me) still have a ways to go but I’m really happy we have made such great progress.”
Once your dog has achieved a dogma High diploma, it’s on to advanced education! The dogmaUniversity curriculum works on your dog’s basic obedience skills, socialization, manners, and a whole lot more. As your dog attains each degree, he or she will be mastering the skills necessary to be a polite and well-behaved dog you can be proud of!
Our understanding of dog behaviour allows us to set up a structured daycare environment that improves your dog’s behaviour. To do this, our private school program ensures attending day school is the right choice for each dog. When your dog has mastered basic obedience, manners, attention, and socialization, they graduate into dogmaALUMNI! These dogs have demonstrated that day school is appropriate for them, they enjoy play with all dogs and no longer need a structured and individualized training plan. They still receive the same benefits of added enrichment and training each day and become mentors for the younger dogs joining our school.
We accept all breeds, ages, and sizes of dog, just like any great private school, your dog has to pass some requirements in order to make the roster.
If you want to put your dog on the fast track, take advantage of the extra training and tutoring packages we offer. It will put your dog on an accelerated learning path. Choose from additional training and play times, special treats, spa treatments, and/or grooming services, to make it a really awesome day for your pooch!