Give your puppy its best start.

Yup, your young puppy has a short attention span but her capacity to learn is huge….greater than at any other time in her life. Your puppy is learning 24 / 7.    Is she learning what you want her to learn?????

Start training early and you can help your puppy learn what YOU want.

PREVENT problems rather than trying to fix them later.

Puppy Kindergarten and Lifeskills (previously called Puppy FUNdamentals) are designed to meet the social and emotional needs of pups 8 – 16 weeks old when they start


 IN PERSON (Castlegar or Nelson), ONLINE, or SELF STUDY–the choice is YOURS!

We are now offering a SELF STUDY PUPPY CLASS 

Before you panic, it includes a biweekly Ask The Trainer Q and A on zoom, email support (jeanne.dogs@gmail.com) AND a FREE private lesson on zoom. We will work hard to keep you on track!!!!!!!!

Total investment is $200.


When I got my new puppy I was worried when the traditional puppy classes were all cancelled due to Covid. I found the L2P online puppy class and have been surprised at how much more I prefer the format to an in person class. The convenience of being able to work on the content at my leisure, and watch the videos explaining the exercises as many times as needed to acquire the techniques is great. The other excellent thing is that you get feedback not only from the excellent instructors, but also the other participants which have had some great insight into some small problems I was encountering.

Elizabeth, Nelson

Yesterday we did a meet and greet with a new vet. I wanted to share with you an amazing compliment I received from her. She wanted to send a wonderful Thank You! to you for the amazing training you provide puppies. My puppy was just a gem for her. She was much more relaxed [than she had been before]. She allowed the vet to check her ears, feet, pretty much touch her everywhere and B. did not even flinch. She kept her chin resting in my hand. Thank you Love 2 Play.


Puppies learn to remain in their crates and come to owners, even when other puppies are around.

Improper or incomplete experience of the world and experience with novelty between 3 and 16 weeks can increase the risk of behaviour problems later. And yet, your puppy is NOT safe to go out and socialize just ‘anywhere’ until its second vaccinations at 12 or 13 weeks.

We all know about the importance of “socialization”–but what is meant is NOT exposure to dogs but rather successful, happy experiences with a variety of sounds, surfaces, sizes of people, other animals AND the ability to walk past people and dogs….basically everything the dog will experience later in its life.

We offer SAFE indoor puppy classes for puppies age 8 – 16 weeks who are healthy and have had their first set of vaccinations and have a health certificate signed by your vet. Everything possible is done to minimize the risk of disease while puppies benefit from exposure to:

  • different people
  • new experiences, surfaces, sounds objects
  • strategies for making vet visits stress free

In our classes, owners learn about:

  • house training, chewing, nipping, crates, socialization, preventing problems before they start

We will work with you and your new pup on:

  • name recognition, crate games, leash training, jumping up, playing, calm for everything, handling for the vet and more.

This class gives you and your puppy a great start to a life together before beginning more formal training in obedience start right.   Puppy FUNdamentals is geared to meet the emotional and social needs of puppies 8 – 16 weeks.

Article on puppy socialization

We advise starting early and continuing until 16 weeks

Our training professionals can suggest the package that is right for your puppy.

Puppies must have their first set of shots to begin.

Pre-registration is mandatory.

We take all precautions to minimize risk to partially vaccinated puppies, but if you prefer, Love 2 Play also offers private and online training for young puppies (8 – 16 weeks) at very reasonable prices

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