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 manners using positive reinforcement.
  • For guidance with house training, puppy nipping, chewing, and other puppy behaviors.

Puppy Kindergarten Level 1

Cost: $289 Length: 7 weeks

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

Upcoming Sessions:
Wednesday 2/24 at 7:45 PM with Janice Gifford CPDT-KA

Saturday 3/6 at 2:15 PM with Janice Gifford CPDT-KA

Monday 3/15 at 6:30 PM with Jackie Kelleher CVT CPDT-KA

Saturday 4/3 at 9:15 AM with Janice Gifford CPDT-KA

NO DOGS WEEK 1 – this is our HUMAN ONLY orientation!

Cost includes the following training supplies:

  • Freedom No-Pull (front connect) Harness
  • Training Clicker
  • Drag line 4″ indoor training leash
  • Treat apron
  • Orientation packet and supplemental information
  • and PAWS training manual PDF

** 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.

Week 1 – This class is for dog owners to get a lesson in DOGOLOGY (our own term).

An explanation of “manage and/or train” methods of dealing with your puppy’s first 18 months will help to solve problem behaviors such as jumping up, chewing, barking, house soiling, etc. Training equipment such as the The Freedom No Pull-Harness, indoor tethers and training leashes, KONG toys, and the value of rewards will be discussed. Each owner will be given a PDF copy of our PAWS Training Manual after week 1.

We will discuss puppy issues such as play biting and jumping up. We will demonstrate and assist in settle 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 a 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 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: $215 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:
Saturday 2/6/2021 @ 11:45 AM with Janice Gifford CPDT-KA

Sunday 2/21 at 9:15 AM with Janice Gifford CPDT-KA

Sunday 3/7 at 9:15 AM with Kara Firnrohr CPDT-KA

Saturday 4/3 at 10:30 AM with Janice Gifford CPDT-KA

Sunday 4/11 at 11:45 AM with Victoria Montgomery