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Running Free Puppy Classes

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Date: February 16, 2012
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM (EST)
Cost: $25.00 for Members
$55.00 for Non-Members
Target Audience: Beginning Trainer, Intermediate Trainer
Registration: Purchase Online

Puppy Playtimes

with Megan Armstrong

There has been a continual increase in complex dog behaviour concerns such as reactivity and fear. Majority, if not all, of these cases could have been prevented with proper owner education. In most cases, these problems developed because the dog owners did not attend puppy classes or actively socialize their dogs. Due to the trends in TV dog training, there have also been a concerning number of dogs trained by aversive techniques (e.g. dominance theories, choke chains), which are experiencing serious fall-out from these methods. A successful trainer should believe in education and understand that puppy classes are a critical. In this presentation, Megan will explain the reasons that led to them creating a free puppy class format. Learn how their free puppy classes are set up, promoted and structured and why there is such a large focus on playtime. These classes have been running for over a year now and have provided a large increase in all areas of the business. Stand out from all the other puppy classes in your area by providing a safe, effective and comprehensive program to ensure the successful development of your community's puppies!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why offering free puppy classes may be the best way to grow your business

  • Learn what to teach and how to structure and organize the classes for guaranteed success.

  • Learn the importance of puppy play within these classes.

Presenter Information:

Megan Armstrong, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, is the owner of dogma training & pet services inc. in Calgary, Canada. dogma was started in February 2006, and its first facility opened June 2008. dogma is a canine education center that offers daycare, training and retail services. Training is offered through the daycare, group classes or private consultations. Megan developed a unique and comprehensive dog training apprenticeship program that is one of a kind in Canada. The first session began in November 2009, and to date, there have been over 30 students enrolled in the program.

Megan has over eight years experience teaching group classes at various locations around Calgary and the surrounding area. Before dogma, she worked in the pet supply industry and at the Calgary Humane Society (CHS). As the Internal Canine Behaviour Coordinator at CHS, she honed her skill for understanding a dog’s cues by performing behavioural assessments and maintaining the animal stress reduction programs. Her passion for animals, desire to understand how a dog communicates with us, and adoration for her own two lively canines drive Megan to continue to stay on top of the latest trends in her field.

On top of her designations Megan holds her Pet First Aid Certificate and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainer, Association of Pet Dog Trainers and The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is the designated trainer for the Alberta Rescue Foundation (ARF), a consultant for Cochrane Humane Society and a certified mentor trainer for Animal Behaviour College.


  • CCPDT: 1.5 CEUs
  • IAABC: 1.5 CEUs
  • KPA: 1.5 CEUs
  • IACP: 1.5 CEUs
  • CAWA: 1.5 CEUs



  • Professional Members: $20/Webinar
  • Full/Associate Members: $30/Webinar
  • Non-Member: $55/Webinar [Join APDT membership and save!]
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