Start You and Your Puppy Off Right!

Puppy Kindergarten I is perfect for puppies between 8 and 18 weeks.

Why Attend Puppy K ?

  • Maximize your puppy’s socialization and learning during their critical period of early development.
  • For healthy and safe socialization with people and other puppies.
  • For puppies to experience appropriate play with other puppies.
  • To establish the foundation for good behavior using positive reinforcement.
  • For guidance with elimination training, puppy nipping, chewing, and other puppy behaviors.

Puppy Kindergarten Level 1

Cost: $309 Length: 7 weeks

Puppies should be between 8-18 weeks of age at their first class.

** It is NORMAL for puppies to start class without being vaccinated for rabies. We just ask that when your puppy does get vaccinated you email us a copy of their certificate for our records. It is also normal, and recommended, that puppies start class BEFORE finishing their entire vaccination series.

Upcoming Sessions:

Sunday 1/2/2022 at 9:15am with Kara Firnrohr, CPDT-KA

Sunday 1/30/2022 at 9:15am with Victoria Montgomery, CPDT-KA

Wednesday 2/9/2022 at 6:30pm with Kara Firnrohr, CPDT-KA

Saturday 2/12/2022 at 9:30am with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

Monday 2/28/2022 at 6:30pm with Jackie Kelleher, CVT CPDT-KA

NO PUPPIES WEEK 1 – this is our HUMAN ONLY orientation!
Cost includes the following training supplies:

  • Front Connect Harness – The Freedom No Pull Harness OR Sense-ation Harness (depending on size)
  • Training Clicker
  • 4″ indoor drag line training leash
  • Treat apron
  • Orientation packet and supplemental information
  • and PAWS training manual PDF

An explanation of “manage and/or train” methods of dealing with your puppy’s problem behaviors such as play biting, chewing, and jumping up! We will demonstrate and assist in settle exercises (calm down exercises) as well as handling exercises (ears, paws, brushing) to aid in grooming. We will explain/show/teach attention exercises such as name game and the touch cue (hand target), and basic obedience cues such as sit, down, stand, look and off/wait. More complex behaviors such as come when called, loose leash walking and stay concepts are introduced.

Socialization exercises are included in each class as well as supervised, appropriate off-leash puppy play. During play time, we will point out/discuss dog communication signals (body and sound) and explain how some of these are “calming signals”. We will also discuss the do’s and don’t of appropriate socialization as it is most important at this age to have as many positive experiences as possible.

It is recommended to follow up with Puppy Kindergarten level 2. If you’re puppy is over 18 weeks, but you are looking for a level 1 class, please go to our Good Manners class page.

Puppy Kindergarten Level 2

Cost: $229 Length: 6 weeks

Continue your puppy's training with this level 2 class. Focus will be on loose leash walking, greeting management and training, stay work, come when called exercises, attention cues, and leave it.

Upcoming Sessions:

Sunday 12/12/2021 at 10:30am with Kara Firnrohr, CPDT-KA

Monday 1/3/2022 at 7:45pm with Victoria Montgomery, CPDT-KA

Tuesday 1/18/2022 at 9:30am with Victoria Montgomery, CPDT-KA
*THIS CLASS IS HELD AT JB's Indoor Dog Park - 106 Longwater Dr, Norwell*

Wednesday 2/9/2022 at 6:30pm with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

Saturday 2/12/2022 at 12:00pm with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

Sunday 2/27/2022 at 9:15am with Kara Firnrohr, CPDT-KA

Puppy Happy Hours

Cost: $30/hr

Looking for more puppy play and extra socialization for your pup? Well, this is it! Open to puppies currently signed up for a group class; puppies should be under 10 months old and are going to be divided based on size and play style.

Puppy happy hour is an hour long play time experience for your pup where we practice calm behavior before and after play, as well as check ins during play! Most importantly, the pups get to meet new friends and burn some energy!

Upcoming Sessions:

Saturday 12/4/2021 at 11;45am with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

Thursday 12/16/2021 at 6:30pm with Kara Firnrohr, CPDT-KA

Sunday 1/9/2022 at 11:45am with Victoria Montgomery, CPDT-KA

Saturday 2/5/2022 at 11:45am with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

Thursday 2/10/2022 at 6:45pm with Kara Firnrohr, CPDT-KA