Let us do the hard work for you!

We know life is busy and puppies can be demanding, especially in their first few months.  The secret to raising a great dog is starting them off right as a puppy! 



Taught by our Certified Dog Trainer, our Puppy Preschool program is a 4 or 6 week puppy training and socialization curriculum designed for young puppies aged 8-20 weeks.

Puppies this age are in a critical stage of development for their social and life skills, and we know life can be busy so our program ensures consistency in training your young puppy during the day, and teaching you the skills in a weekly class with your puppy so you can both be on the same page.  Let us do the hard work for you, and you can enjoy a happy puppy at home!

Our Puppy Preschool curriculum includes:

  • Daylong potty training outdoors (potty on command)

  • Daily training in our Puppy Preschool room

  • Sit, Down, Recall ("Come!"), crate training, leash walking, and greeting other dogs nicely.

  • Safe play and socialization skills

  • One-on-one training time

  • Puppy playtime 

Our program includes:

  • 2 puppy grooms

  • 4 consecutive weeks of Puppy Preschool training

Choose to add on an additional 2 weeks of Puppy Preschool training for a total of six weeks!  Get more socialization and extra training to help make your pup well rounded and socialized.


Research show that starting to socialize your puppy at 8 weeks helps them to develop better social skills and confidence, rather than waiting until they are 4 months or older to start socializing and training.  Socializing is great for puppies and also is a preventative step against behavioural problems as they grow up such as fear, and anxiety.  


Starting to train and reinforce good behaviours in your puppy while they're young, means that cute tolerable puppy behaviours (like mouthing) won't become an unbearable problem as they grow up.  Training puppies from a young age helps create consistency for them and results in consistent behaviours at home.  Avoiding frustrations with your dog's behaviours helps your bond so you can enjoy your relationship, rather than feeling frustrated by your dog's behaviours. 

What about vaccinations?


Puppies must have their first Distemper/Parvovirus vaccination at least 7 days prior to their first day of Preschool, and must be kept up to date during their time at Gus's Pet Resort.

While it used to be recommended that puppies not be socialized until after their third set of puppy vaccines at 16 weeks, research now shows us that waiting this long can be at the detriment of their social skills, and the risk of diseases is quite low if they have received their first or second set of vaccinations.  



If Puppy Preschool isn't quite what you're looking for and you want to do more of the work at home, our 6 week Puppy Essentials class might be perfect for you.  Our trainer will take you and your puppy through a 6 week curriculum teaching you how to train and reward your puppy to teach them behaviours and life skills. Our classes include puppy playtime (critical for young puppies), recall, sit, down, leash walking tips, crate and potty training.  

Want to know if our Puppy Essentials is right for you? Contact our trainer at training@gusspetresort.com to find out more, or register for our Puppy Socialization Drop-In class to meet our trainer and experience a class.



If you're looking for a safe place to socialize your puppy, bring them on down to our Puppy Socialization class! No commitment necessary to a larger program, this is just a great opportunity to come meet other puppies under the guidance a professional dog trainer.

Open to puppies age 8-16 weeks.  Call us to book your spot in the class as these do get full - this runs every Thursday night 7:15-8:15 pm.  Vaccinations must be emailed into us in advance of the class.


  • All dogs require current vaccinations for Distemper/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza.

  • All vaccination records must be received prior to your dog’s first visit.

  • Clients must keep Gus’s Pet Resort informed of any medical or behavioural changes in their pet.



Unit 5 - 107 Stockton Point, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

T1S 1B6



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Sat - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sun - 10:00am - 2:00pm

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