Puppy Programs

We have two different Puppy Classes available. You and your puppy can attend either one or both.

Puppies must be between 8-16 weeks of age at the start of their Puppy Playschool or Preschool session. If your dog is older, consider attending Beginner Obedience. 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.

Requirements:

  • Verification of vaccinations. As long as your puppy is involved in an active vaccination program and has maternal antibodies (he gets those from mom), he is protected and can attend class. If you are concerned about when your puppy should start class, click here.
  • Your puppy must have proof of a Negative Fecal Exam.
  • Puppies must be between 2-4 months of age at the start of class.
  • Please bring your dog on a regular nylon leash and collar (no extendable flexi leads please) with some small, soft, smelly treats.
Puppy Playschool (2)

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.

We will spend time doing some light obedience training, discussing puppy issues, and answering your questions about what's happening at home with your pup, laying a strong foundation for a long and happy life 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.

This 6-week class includes everything you need to earn your puppy an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal. 

This is a 6-week course that meets for 50 minutes per week at 6:00pm on Tuesdays. Next session starts 7/12/22.

The cost is $200

Includes a clicker.

SOCIALIZATION • TRAINING • ACTIVITY • RESPONSIBILITY

The S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an exciting 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.StarPuppy_logofinal_RGB_R-300x300

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, 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.

Puppy Playschool (1)

Early socialization is very important for your puppy's development. This class is rolling admission to make sure your puppy doesn't miss out on key socialization time while waiting for a Puppy Preschool class to start.

Each week, your puppy will romp off-leash to play with the other puppies and meet all the people. You will get to learn a bit about body language and proper play.

We will also be available to answer general questions about raising a puppy.

This is a 4-week course that meets for 30 minutes per week at 5:15pm on Mondays. Classes are rolling admission so your puppy can get started right away.

The cost is $68

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.