Puppy Programs

Good dogs are not born, they're trained.

What is Puppy Preschool?

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.


What is Puppy Daycare?

Our Puppy Daycare program focuses on socialization of puppies.  We'll work on polite playtime, potty training, crate training, and socialization to help your puppy learn skills for everyday life.

  • All puppies under 16 weeks, must start in our Puppy Daycare program before moving up to our regular Dog Daycare program.

  • Puppies can start at 8 weeks old

  • Puppies must attend at least once per week for minimum 4 weeks.

Our Puppy Daycare program includes:

  • Daylong potty training outdoors 

  • Learning to settle in a crate 

  • Safe play and socialization skills

  • Puppy playtime 

Which option is right for me?

Choosing a puppy program depends on your budget, commitment to training at home, and your personal goals for your puppy.  

Puppy Preschool is much more intense, but we do the hard work of training for you.  


Puppy daycare is a great option if you're able to and want to do more hands on training work yourself, and are looking more for socialization rather than training.  

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Vaccination requirements


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.  

Why it's important to start socializing young

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. 




  • 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.