It really helps when you understand a dog's language, behavioural cues, and how to communicate with them properly. Our puppy training programs are designed with the special needs of a young dog in mind.
Of course it’s not just all about puppy training! We help our human friends understand the basics of dog behaviour, and what you can do to help your puppy grow up to be a happy, and successful dog in this human world.
Puppyhood goes by so quickly! So start training with your puppy early, because it is the most informative time in your dog's life.
To give your puppy the best start possible, we’ve developed a comprehensive program that covers training, socialization, overall manners, and solving problem behaviors, before they even start. To make sure you get all the training you need, we’ve created all-inclusive memberships. That means you can train all you want at the pace that suits your puppy best.
The result is a happy well-behaved puppy, who fits perfectly into your home, and into your life.
We want to ensure every puppy has the opporutunity to start on the right paw, which is why we offer this FREE educational webinar. Our training programs are designed to make training convenient and work within your schedule. This online option prevents the need to do an in-person orientation and gets you into VIPUPS class faster!
This one-hour video will help you determine which of the below puppy training options is the best for your puppy. It makes it convenient and really easy to to learn how to effectively communicate with your new dog. This session is the first, and most critical, step in creating a well-mannered and confident dog, who can go anywhere with you. Once you’re done, simply choose the puppy training package that’s right for you, and get started!
Your Very Important Puppy deserves to grow up into a well-mannered dog that you can take anywhere with you. V.I.PUPS is our group class option that offers puppies training in obedience, walking on a leash, recall, and so much more. This is the best value for puppy training in YYC. Our unique membership format allows you the flexibility to come as often or as little as you require.
You will both get to work closely with a certified trainer, so you and your puppy can get the most out of every training class. These classes run twice per week and you can drop in as often as you’d like for the duration of your membership. An added bonus – the Planned Puppyhood webinar and PUPS Playtime is included at no extra cost with every V.I.PUPS membership!
*Due to high demand for our premier training services, we have a class wait list at our Killarney & Chinook locations. Register now to secure your spot and begin class within the next two weeks! The Planned Puppyhood webinar is a requirement for this class and we have other educational resources to ensure you can start your training with your puppy today!
Your Very Important Pup deserves to grow up into a well-mannered dog that you can take anywhere with you. Puppy Playtime focuses on developing great manners and socialization, as well as behaviour problem solving and prevention, to make sure your puppy blossoms into a happy and confident dog that does well in any urban situation. These run once per week and require pre-registration each time you attend.
Did you know playtime is included in our V.I.PUPS membership?
KinderPUPS sets a brand new standard when it comes to daycare for your dog. At our day school, every puppy in our program gets training from a certified trainer, so your puppy can become a well-socialized dog, right from the very start. First day assessments are booked Monday through Wednesday and your puppy would spend their full day working on their training & socialization with a certified trainer. With a limited number of puppies allowed at dayschool, and specially designed areas made just for puppies, you can be sure that your newest addition will be safe and sound – and well trained too!
“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.”
We offer a variety of puppy training packages to suit your style and budget.