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FAQ

  • Is my dog too old for training?
    No Dogs continue to develop and adapt cognitively throughout their lives, although the learning rate may slow down with age. Older dogs can still learn new skills, problem-solving abilities, and retain information. Older dogs often have more life experience and a better understanding of human cues and communication. They may have already learned basic obedience commands or developed self-control, which can be built upon to teach them more advanced behaviors. Training is not just about teaching commands or tricks; it also strengthens the bond between you and your dog. Engaging in training sessions with an older dog can enhance your relationship, deepen trust, and improve overall communication. Dogs of all ages benefit from mental stimulation. Training exercises provide mental challenges that keep their minds active, prevent cognitive decline, and ward off boredom and destructive behaviors. Older dogs may have certain behaviors that need modification or improvement. Positive reinforcement training techniques can be used to reshape their behavior and provide them with alternative, more appropriate responses, addressing issues like separation anxiety or leash reactivity.
  • What is the best age to train a dog?
    Train your puppy at 8 weeks old for optimal results! This critical stage of development allows them to absorb information quickly. Early training promotes socialization, establishes good habits, builds bonding and trust, and prevents problematic behaviors.
  • What are the signs that shows my dog is reactive?
    Vocalization: Reactive dogs may bark or growl intensely when confronted with triggers, expressing agitation or fear. Leash Reactivity: Pulling or lunging on the leash is common among reactive dogs, as they attempt to approach or distance themselves from perceived threats. Aggressive or Defensive Body Language: Raised hackles, bared teeth, stiff posture, or a tucked tail indicate aggression or defensiveness. Freezing or Stiffening: Reactive dogs may momentarily pause, tense up, and closely observe the situation before responding. Excessive Vocalization: Whining, howling, or high-pitched yelping can be signs of distress or anxiety in reactive dogs. Stress Signals: Dilated pupils, panting, pacing, drooling, or excessive yawning indicate stress or overwhelm. Difficulty Focusing or Responding: Reactive dogs may struggle to concentrate or obey commands, appearing hyper-vigilant or easily distracted in those situations.
  • How can I find the right training class for my dog?
    Our Welcome Session Consultation is the perfect opportunity to address your questions and provide detailed information tailored to your dog's age, experience, training history, objectives, schedule, and family circumstances. We offer different programs based on your vision for your dog's future and their current abilities. To obtain further details and schedule your Welcome Session Consultation, please reach out to us. We look forward to assisting you on your training journey. In general, our training services are primarily focused on three categories: Adventure Pup: For dogs and companions who enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, off-leash training, and agility. These classes emphasize recall, obstacle courses, and leash manners in adventurous settings. Soul Pup: Designed for dogs seeking mental stimulation, enrichment, and confidence-building exercises. These classes incorporate games, puzzles, and obedience training with positive reinforcement. Ideal for Therapy, Service, and Emotional Support Dogs in training. Family Pup: Classes that prioritize socialization, and good manners in various environments. These sessions teach dogs to behave appropriately around people, children, and other animals. Additionally, we offer after-school classes for children with our own Wonderpups- Beijo, Benji, and Enzo.
  • What are the essential commands to teach a puppy?
    Sit: Teaching your puppy to sit helps with impulse control and polite behavior. Stay: Teaching your puppy to remain in one place is important for safety and control. Come: Teaching your puppy to come when called ensures their safety and allows for off-leash control. Down: Teaching your puppy to lie down helps them stay calm and settled. Leave it: Teaching your puppy to ignore certain items or distractions prevents them from engaging with potentially harmful objects. Drop it/Give: Teaching your puppy to release or drop objects they shouldn't have. Up/Off: Teaching your puppy to go onto and off of things. Heel/with me: Teaching your puppy to walk politely by your side on a loose leash. Wait: Teaching your puppy to pause before moving forward in various situations. Place: Teaching your puppy to go to a designated spot or mat for settling and creating a defined space.
  • What is alpha training and how does it differ from reward-based training and positive reinforcement?
    Alpha Training (Dominance-Based Training): Alpha training, also known as dominance-based or pack leader training, operates on the belief that dogs are pack animals requiring a dominant leader to establish control and obedience. It involves: Asserting dominance through physical force or corrections. Using punishment-based techniques like alpha rolls or collar corrections. Focusing on control and obedience through dominance and submission. Reward-Based Training (Positive Reinforcement Training): Reward-based training, also known as positive reinforcement training, emphasizes reinforcing desired behaviors through positive consequences. It involves: Motivating the dog with treats, praise, toys, or other rewards. Marking desired behaviors with a clicker or verbal marker to signal an upcoming reward. Ignoring or redirecting unwanted behaviors instead of punishment or correction
  • What’s the Best Method for dog Training? And what method do you use at Wonderpup Academy?
    We are dedicated to offering science-based knowledge that enables confident communication with your pup through reward-based methods. Our training focuses on bonding, confidence, focus, and curiosity, creating a safe and loving home environment. Here are five reasons to choose reward-based methods: Happy Pups: Reward-based training fosters joy and excitement in your dog, making learning an enjoyable adventure. Lasting Relationships: Positive reinforcement builds trust and deepens the connection between you and your dog. Effective Results: Dogs quickly learn and progress with reward-based training, aligning their behavior with your expectations. Gentle and Ethical: Our approach prioritizes your dog's emotional well-being, using positive experiences instead of fear or intimidation. Empowering Parents: Gain valuable insights into your dog's behavior and learn the science behind reward-based training, equipping you for long-term success.
  • Does my pup need to undergo an assessment before enrolling in any training sessions? And when can I book a session?
    Before enrolling in any of our training programs, it is essential to undergo a 30-minute assessment. This evaluation helps our trainer assess your dog's individual needs and your family's requirements, allowing us to customize a suitable program for you. Assessments are conducted at Wonderpup Academy and can be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To book a convenient time, please reach out to us at (778) 239-9880 or email us at team@wonderpupacademy.com. Or simply go to Welcome Consultation under Service page and book your session online.
  • How old does my dog have to be to start training at Wonderpup Academy?
    The minimum required age at Wonderpup Academy is 8 weeks and vaccinated.
  • Is my work done with you after my training sessions ends?
    We offer plenty of exciting opportunities for you and your furry partner to join our community events and partake in a delightful blend of fun and socialization with other dogs and fellow pet parents. By attending our community events, including dog walking tours, camps for kids and pets, pup-friendly drink outings, movie nights, and much more, we can continue to connect and build lasting relationships. These events, held seasonally, not only offer enjoyment but also impart practical skills for your everyday life with your beloved pup. For those seeking a closer contact, we also provide a membership program. For further details about our membership perks, please feel free to reach out to us.
  • What are the advantages of selecting private training over other types of classes?
    Personal attention: Your dog receives dedicated and personalized training tailored to their specific needs and behavior. Customized curriculum: Training is designed to address specific behavior problems and focus on desired skills. Flexibility: Training sessions can be scheduled at convenient times to accommodate your availability. Reduced distractions: Private training provides a controlled environment with minimal distractions for better focus. Personalized problem solving: Behavioral challenges are addressed directly, with immediate feedback and guidance. Tailored pace: Training adjusts to your dog's progress, ensuring engagement and motivation. Individualized coaching: Hands-on coaching and demonstration help you learn proper techniques and timing.
  • Can a dog trainer come to my house for the training sessions?
    Our private training sessions are available in package formats and can be conducted at your preferred location. We offer this service in New Westminster, Tri-cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody), and Burnaby. To start, you can bring your dogs to the Welcoming Session Consultation, where we will assess their behavior and conduct an evaluation. After the consultation, your trainer will guide you on the best program for your dogs and suggest the number of sessions required to achieve your specific goals. A customized lesson plan will be developed accordingly.
  • What kind of skills do you work in dog school?
    During our day school program from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, your pup will enjoy a range of activities that promote their overall well-being. Here's what they can expect: Socialization: Interacting with other dogs in a supervised environment to develop social skills and confidence. Basic Obedience Training: Learning essential commands like sit, stay, down, come, and loose leash walking. Enrichment Activities: Engaging exercises that stimulate their senses and provide mental stimulation. Physical Exercise: Participating in supervised play sessions, outdoor walks, and structured activities. Confidence Building: Various exercises to boost resilience and self-assurance. Reinforcement of Training: Supporting and enhancing existing training with positive reinforcement. Rest and Relaxation: Scheduled breaks for rest.
  • How many people can I bring with me to the Dog School?
    During class time, we kindly request that parents allow their dogs to participate without their presence. To ensure individual attention and a quality learning experience, each class has a cozy limit of four dogs. If you wish to involve more family members or friends in the training, we recommend choosing Private Training Sessions. In private sessions, multiple individuals and family members are welcome to participate.
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