Puppy Playschool with the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program
We now offer a new program for puppies of every breed, including mixed breeds on Monday evenings at 6:00pm; join anytime!
The S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start.
This is an incentive program provided by the AKC for loving dog owners who are willing to take the time to bring their puppies through a basic puppy training and socialization class. Your instructor can administer the test at the end of your 6-week session and - how cute is this - your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal when he passes the test!
To pass, your puppy simply demonstrates basic behaviors that we have covered in class, including showing that he has learned to walk a short distance on a leash, and that he can sit and down with a food lure, and come when called.
He must also demonstrate that he will allow you to take away a treat or a toy, that he will allow petting by a person other than you, and allow you to examine his ears and feet.
So go ahead and sign up for Puppy Playschool! Your dog will soon be strutting his stuff like the cute little puppy in this photo! If you would like your puppy to be tested at the end of class, just let your instructor know.
Puppies must be between 8-16 weeks of age at the start of their playschool session. If your dog is older, consider attending Beginner Obedience and supplementing that class with Doggie Daycare. You can still earn the S.T.A.R. Puppy award though; as long as your dog is under 1 year old; just ask us to evaluate your dog after he graduates from Beginner Obedience class.
Socialize your puppy now! According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB):
- The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time, puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior.
- For this reason, the AVSAB believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Read more.
This class is a must for new puppy owners. Puppy Playschool is designed to help you get off to the right start with your new puppy. Early socialization is very important for your puppy's development.
Each week, your puppy will romp off-leash to play with the other puppies and meet all the people.
We also spend time doing some light training, discussing puppy issues, and answering your questions about what's happening at home with your pup.
Our discussions cover topics like socialization and play, house training, crate training, chewing, puppy biting, fear issues, puppy management, and proper handling of a puppy.
General information is also provided on feeding, health, grooming, and the stages of puppy development. We also discuss how to play with your puppy and we begin to work on coming when called and sit and down training. Responsible dog ownership tips are included as well.
- Join the fun any Monday nights!
This 6-week class includes everything you need to earn your puppy that AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal. Save when you sign up for Beginner Obedience at the same time! See our Package Deals. This class does not take the place of an obedience class; it is meant to complement our basic obedience training program. You are welcome to enroll in obedience class at the same time, or you can wait to attend obedience class after your dog finishes playschool. However, you must pay for these classes in advance in order to get the discount.
- Ready to sign up? Register online or call 978-486-9922 to reserve your spot. Please note that your registration will not be confirmed until your payment is received.
Listed below are the session start dates. Pick one session; you will meet each week on the same day/time for six consecutive weeks. We do give you credit for days missed, so if you need to go out of town for a week, just come back the following week and we will add an extra week to the end of your session.
Bring your dog on a regular nylon leash and collar (no extendable flexi leads please) and some small, soft, smelly treats.
Please Note: If your puppy is not feeling well, or is on medication for parasites, please refrain from attending class. We will credit you for the missed class; you will still get the six weeks of puppy class. We want to keep the other puppies safe from anything that is potentially contagious. Call the office with any questions!
Your puppy is welcome to join us for additional weeks as well! Once you complete the six week cycle, just ask your instructor to keep you on the roster until your puppy reaches the age of 20 weeks. A $25 drop-in fee applies for each extra class you attend after the first six.