How our Calm Puppy Program can help you and your puppy!
As a veterinarian and owner of Calm Companions, my goal is to help you understand your new puppy and help them develop into a calm, adaptable and playful adult dog. Positive reinforcement training methods based on scientific evidenced based research are used throughout the program.
How do we differ from other Puppy Classes?
1) Our program is the only one on the Gold Coast run by an experienced and qualified Veterinarian with extended qualifications in Animal Behaviour ("doggy psychiatry"). With this educational and professional background, you can be sure the advice you'll be given can be trusted to be based on scientific evidence and be tailored to your specific puppy! Dr Nela is also in the process of completing her Certificate 4 in Dog Training ("doggy psychology") through the highly regarded Delta Society.
So you're getting a Vet, a Vet Behaviourist AND a dog trainer all in one!!
2) Our program runs for an extended 6 weeks (most puppy programs are 4-5 weeks) to give you and your puppy plenty of time to consolidate your learning progress. It is available for puppies who are between 7 and 12 weeks of age when the program starts. For puppies over 12 weeks of age, please see our unique in-house Private Puppy Program offer!
3) The very small class numbers (between 3 and 4 puppies) creates the best learning environment for you and your puppy. Classes are carefully managed to provide your puppy with positive experiences interacting with other dogs while learning how to be calm in their presence. 4) As a trained professional, Dr Nela Graham will ensure your puppy’s background, personality and breed are taken into consideration when selecting play companions for short supervised play sessions, to allow your puppy to build the right type of confidence around new dogs. The most sensitive period of your puppies learning is in the first 3 months of their life. Nela will ensure your puppy does not experience any negative scenarios which can be remembered by your puppy for life! 5) At Calm Companions Puppy Program, we use only the latest evidence based, safe and positive training methods. Positive Reinforcement training is the only training method that will ensure your puppy is learning effectively! We use treats, toys and praise to help your puppy learn how to be good!
6) Any puppy class clients will receive discounted Private Sessions at any time for the rest of their puppies lives! This is our way of committing to helping you maintain your close bond with your puppy now and into the future.
All of the above will set you and your puppy up to succeed in learning how to communicate with each other effectively. Your puppy’s short socialisation period during their first four months is the ideal time to lay down the foundation for future training. We are dedicated to supporting you throughout your puppy’s sensitive period and beyond.
Our unique 6-week puppy program will cover the following aspects in a safe environment:
We will cover these areas:
Positive reinforcement training for a lasting companionship