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Puppy Fundamentals

Puppy Fundamentals

Training for dogs up to 6 months old


Have you just adopted a new adorable puppy?

Do you want help with:

  • Household manners – being okay in the house, stop nipping & biting, growing calmness, and house training.
  • Inspiring great behaviors.
  • On-leash behavior – easy walks, core concepts, and lessons that build the foundation for this before you step outside.
  • Off-leash behavior – how to be successful with your dog choosing you over the environment & choosing to hang out with you, instead.

All of these can be accomplished by playing games with your puppies in this class.

Pre-requisite: Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants. Evidence of current vaccinations required.

Bring:  Collar, leash, face covering, hand sanitizer, and warm clothes

Instructor:  Jan Shannon is a professional dog trainer certified by Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP), and Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA). For a full description of education, certification, and philosophy, visit

Schedule:  Saturdays, January 8 – February 5 (*No class January 22), 11:30-12:30 pm


Minimum 4/Max 6 students

Location:  Community Park ‘Dog House’, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley; classes meet indoors and outdoors. See map below:

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K9 Nosework ®


This dog sport teaches you how to encourage and develop your dog’s amazing natural scenting ability by using its desire to hunt and its love of food, toys, and exercise. This exciting detection style activity is appropriate for dogs of any age, breed, or physical ability and handlers of all ages and abilities. Each dog works separately, one at a time, so this class works for dogs unsuited for a group setting. Ongoing sessions are held Sundays and Tuesdays.

Bring: Cloth face coverings (for indoors) and physical distancing will be required at class. Bring hand sanitizer and use it upon arrival and departure. Sanitizing wipes recommended.

Pre-Requisite: Complete COVID-19 vaccination, including booster.

Location: Varies but generally at the Community Park ‘Dog House’, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley ; classes meet in classrooms and outdoors; advanced classes may be held off-site on “field-trips.” Check your email the night before class for updates.

Map to The Doghouse

Instructors: Dr. Georgia Edwards is a nationally-Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor. A retired cancer physician, she first became interested in canine scent discrimination 25 years ago when her hospital therapy dog was able to identify patients with metastatic breast cancer. Georgia is an AKC scent work judge, NACSW ORT judge and certifying official, and USCSS judge and trial search designer, and the national scent work chair for the American Bouvier des Flandres Club.

Kristy Faure will be assisting Georgia with the Beginning Nosework classes on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons. She has been handling working dogs and farm animals her whole life and has coached triathletes and college swim teams.  She has been training in nosework with Georgia for eight years and trials with both a Nosework 3 Elite K-9 and Nosework 1 K-9.  Kristy is also certified as an AKC Farm Dog judge.

Schedule:  More K9 Nosework Classes coming soon!

Current Sessions: We’ve added an extension to our October session. The following programs are for students of the October ’22 session only. Others should check back for future classes.

  • Beginning Nosework 
    • Sundays, January 22-February 26, 3:15-4:45pm
  • Intro to Odor (Continued)*
    • *Intro to Nosework class must be completed before enrolling in Advanced Nosework
    • Tuesdays, January 24-February 28, 3:15-4:45pm
  • Advanced Nosework*
    • *Intro to Nosework class must be completed before enrolling in Advanced Nosework
    • Sundays, January 22-February 26, starting at 10:00am, 11:45am, or 1:30pm
    • Tuesdays, January 24-February 28, starting at 10:00am, 11:45am, or 1:30pm

Fee:  $170 per dog

Note: If we don’t reach a minimum of 4 per session, classes may be combined.


COVID-19 Safety and Health Screening:

Pre-Requisite: Complete COVID-19 vaccination, including booster.

*       Stay home if you or anyone in your household have experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms (not attributable to another condition such as seasonal allergies) in the 14 days prior to the program such as: a fever of 100.4 or higher; cough; sore throat; chills; loss of taste or smell; muscle or body aches; respiratory illness or difficulty breathing; or headache. If you fall ill, please let us know. If you reply to one of our health screening questions in a way that needs more clarification, we’ll have you step to the side while we get the rest of the folks checked in, then chat with you.

*       Stay home if you or anyone in your household been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

*       Keep your distance and maintain at least 6′ distance from others.

*       Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon arrival and departure. Refrain from touching your face.

*       Cloth Face Coverings required when indoors, but not when outdoors.

*       Privacy Upon arrival we may ask you some basic health questions about symptoms and exposure. If you would like to discuss anything in a more private way, please call us or email before the program starts. If we are made aware that a participant, volunteer or staff person tested positive for COVID-19, fellow participants and staff who have been exposed will be notified, while maintaining privacy.