Puppy Training & Socialization Class
or HOW TO SURVIVE PUPPYHOOD
This class is for puppies 8 to 18 weeks
of age at the start of class.
(Missed the age cutoff or want more help? Ask
us about private training)
Each class session is 6-weeks long (one hour
A new 6-week session begins every 2-3 weeks.
click here to see
the schedule of upcoming classes.
REGISTRATION: Click here to register for any class.
(And find out if there are any openings.)
CLASS LENGTH: 6
weeks. The class is one hour per week.
puppies 8 to 18 weeks of age at the start
of class. (We may take your slightly older
puppy if he or she is a small breed dog and
is quiet or shy. Ask us.) If your puppy is
going to be over 18 weeks of age at the start
of class, please sign up for Focus Foundation.
Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA (6 p.m. classes) or
Cheryl VanVoorhies M.Ed. CTC (7:15 p.m. classes)
COURSE FEE: $175
for 6 weeks of class (an hour per week). This includes a library of online handouts.
CONTINUING CLASSES: Check the calendar for all class schedules
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cute little puppy got you chasing your tail?
all you need to know to survive (and enjoy!) puppyhood, and
watch your pup grow into the well behaved adult companion you
look forward to. We will cover:
Basic obedience to get your pup focused and following your direction using positive reinforcement and rewards (we never use scary or harmful punishment!).
Problem solving to make short work of housetraining, and to stop your puppy from using you-- and your furniture-- as a chew toy.
prevention to ensure your pup grows into an adult dog you
can truly enjoy-- friendly, relaxed, well behaved, and fun.
Survive & thrive!
- Off-leash puppy
play to teach critical dog-dog socialization
and communication skills.
skills such as bite inhibition (developing a soft mouth).
Your pup will learn to control biting by playing with dogs
games to play with your puppy that are both fun and teach
your puppy self control.
are now including the AKC
S.T.A.R. Puppy program at no additional class
charge! Show off your skills learned in class with certification.
should all puppies go to school?
Because you want a fun, easy-to-live-with adult dog. That starts here!
five months of age your puppy is much more
open to experiencing new things, so it is very
important to begin a class prior to this age.
Early puppyhood is a critical time for socialization
and learning. This time will set the stage
for the rest of your puppy's life. This is
truly a once-in-a-puppy's-lifetime chance to
show your puppy how to confidently relate to
other puppies, unfamiliar people, and strange
sights, sounds, and events. He needs to learn
to adapt to the world around him and feel at
ease. It is crucial that this developmental
stage is used wisely! Let us help guide you.
You want a dog that pays attention and listens
to you. You want a dog with good manners.
why it's important that you continue to bring
your puppy to school for the full 6 weeks of
socialization and learning. We work on attention,
recalls, sit, down and stays with increasing
duration, distance, and distraction. We will
also teach leave it, send to mat, polite greeting
and discuss resource guarding, housetraining,
mouthing, and other important issues. Socialization
and off leash puppy play are always an important
part of this class.
A puppy that is calm around other dogs becomes a dog that is easy to bring places or even walk in your neighborhood without issues.
That is why puppy play is an important part
of class. During social play with other puppies,
the puppy learns the meaning and the appropriate
use of canine communication. Social play serves
as practice of etiquette in which the puppy
learns the rules of social behavior—such as
bite inhibition. Through social play, young
animals improve their ability to interact properly
with members of their own species, learn typical
communication skills, learn to control their
aggression, and form and deepen social bonds.
Dogs do not have an innate understanding of
how to interpret and react to all canine signals.
Although puppies are born with the physical
prerequisites for communicative signals, they
must learn the meaning and the correct use
of such signals.
The majority of the puppies in class will integrate
nicely into the play group. There may be one
or two that have some difficulty and we will
try to modify any fearful behavior in gentle,
done correctly outside of class is critical
in your puppy's emotional development. Here's
how to do it right.
Positive (not scary for your pup) exposure
to new places, faces and other animals should
continue well past the Ideal Puppy class and
into social maturity at around 3 years of age.
If the exposure is not reinforced your puppy
will lose this critical advantage that began
up today! Space is limited
so that personal attention can be given to each puppy and owner.
WANT OR NEED MORE HELP? Ask us about private training