We strongly recommend that you sign up for our puppy/dog one week training program where the puppy/dog goes off-site to learn potty training, kennel training, quiet behavior during separation, grooming handling, socialization with adults, children and dogs, leash training that includes our Umbilical Leash Technique, and off-leash training.
Our Professional Groomer/Trainer, Genevieve, participates in our puppy/dog training program whereas she takes a chosen puppy/dog to her home where it lives with her, her husband and their 4 children of the ages of 5, 5, 7 and 11. Genevieve takes her Miniature Schnauzer named Lilly and the puppy/dog out for two walks a day in a busy dog park environment, as well as, trains it to be respectful with children and to be quiet in her home. Potty chores are completed compliantly outside in her yard.
Our Professional Groomer/Trainer, Lesley Saddington, participates in our puppy/dog training program whereas she takes a chosen puppy/dog to her home where it lives with her. Lesley has a grooming shop in her home so her Trainee meets and greets other doggies and people. Lesley takes the puppy/dog out for two walks a day in a busy dog park environment, as well as, along forest trails. She teaches the puppy/dog to be respectful with children and to be quiet in her home. Potty chores are completed compliantly outside in her yard.
Robin Krause is another of our Home Life Trainers. Robin is a man of a varied professional background which allows for flexible work hours and locations, which in turn exposes the puppy/dog to different environments and situations. In addition to walking on a local beach and forest trails at least two times per day with Robin and his Miniature Schnauzer named Milo, the puppy/dog comes into Victoria to spend time with Robin’s city office for a couple of days. Here the puppy/dog is socialized with members of the staff (all dog lovers) and the public, and is exposed to traffic sounds, urban smells and general city demands. Potty chores are completed compliantly outside in his yard or green spaces close to work.
Vivienne, is our “large dog expert” Home Life Trainer. Her specialty is training large dogs, so her assigned puppy gets plenty of exposure to her large dog, Kaya, a gentle, large Coyote Hybrid. Her puppy goes for car rides, plays in her forest with Kaya, learns how to ask to go outside for potty chores and inherits the well-behaved nature of Kaya.
Deb & Jim are a very active couple who enjoy our West Coast trails, beaches and parks. The puppy/dog will experience condo living (on the beach), taken to designated areas on the lawn or beach for potty chores, 2 walks a day, and trained to be quiet in their playpen. The puppy/dog learns to interact respectfully with other neighbours and their dogs, as well as people/dogs on the trails. Car rides to beaches, trails or Deb’s workplace are common. Deb will bring the puppy/dog to work, exposing it to a variety of sounds, surfaces, customers, dogs and staff (all dog lovers) to learn more socialization skills with a green space close by for potty chores. Jim works from home, so the puppy/dog can spend the day accompanied. Lots of love and learning from these two former dog owners. Their dog Buddy lived almost 19 years and is very missed.
The charge for this off-site, one-week service is $180.00.
We are now offering to deliver your puppy and provide you and yours in-your home training. This service is available to Victoria and Saanich customers for $100.00 . For customers up the Island, as far as Nanaimo, this service is $150.00.
You will be shown how to leash train your puppy; how to potty train it in your home; how to ask it to be quiet in its carrier and play pen; how to send it to its bed; how to ask it to be quiet at your fence line and generally how to be a good puppy.
Beverley Boyce, Owner and Pack Leader
Island Miniature Schnauzers