What Class Should your Puppy Join?
Use the the list below to help you decide.
Puppy Kindergarten 7-16 weeks of age
Puppy Gym 4 - 12 Months of age
Want a dog who’s socially skilled, confident, and well-behaved? Then start training your puppy now! American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Position Statement on Puppy Socialization show that puppies who are properly trained and socialized within their first six months are better-behaved and more trainable as adult dogs. The sooner your puppy starts learning, the better her chance of growing up to be a great dog. Take our Puppy Kindergarten class to start your pup off right!
For puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks at the start of class (20 weeks for small breed puppies):
Puppies have a “critical period” before 4.5 mos of age where what they experience, or don’t experience, has long range impact on who they become as adults. Geared for puppies 8 to 18 weeks of age (small breed pups up to 20 weeks), the goal of this class is to help your pup grow into a confident, safe and well adjusted adult while building a strong team bond between dog & human. Through early socialization, puppy play and exercises geared towards temperament as well as obedience, you and your pup will gain a solid foundation to build upon. In addition to basic obedience behaviors, we address puppy biting, social & environmental confidence, comfort being handled, prevention of common behavior problems and more. Your puppy will learn the art of off-leash play in a safe and controlled environment while developing an all-important "soft mouth". What's a "soft mouth" and why is it important? Come and find out! $140 for 7 weeks, 1 hour each week (plus 1 free Puppy Playtime session). (Level 1 class)
Puppies must have a minimum of 1 round of puppy vaccinations 7 days prior to class, 1 round of Bordatella (if intranasal, 4 days before class) and continue with age appropriate vaccinations throughout class as determined by your veterinarian.
Socialization that teaches your puppy appropriate responses to other dogs, people, and situations
Good manners and basic obedience like sit, down, come when called, drop it, and loose leash walking
Preparation and testing for the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. Puppy Program
Who: For puppies between eight weeks and five months old
Each puppy class is designed to suit the puppy’s individual needs at his/her stage of development. Our focus is to help puppy owners become educated about puppy development stages as well as learn how to establish rules and boundaries without jeopardizing their relationship with their puppy.
This puppy class focuses on confidence building through body awareness and socialization. Each week there will be a different theme of obstacles for your dog to learn how to interact with, climb on, over, through, different surfaces, elevations, motion, and much more! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity for your dog to become a happy healthy member of your family.
Grisa stewert gives us a brief class on the topics that we cover in our puppy classes.
"Puppy Socialization” is a fancy word for the process whereby your puppy learns about the world. What is safe versus not safe? And the window for socializing your puppy is short (a few months), which is nature’s way of getting young pups ready to leave their mother.
What does that mean for you? That anything you want your puppy to happily accept — children, other dogs, noises, a trip to the veterinarian — you must introduce her to repeatedly and in a positive way during her first months of life.
This is why puppy classes are so important! Get your puppy vaccinated and sign up for puppy class today — don’t leave it too late and find your previously happy-go-lucky puppy turning into a problem dog.
Dr. Ian Dunbar is one of the best Vets/trainers in the world, known world wide for his force free training syles. Lots of information for pupy owners. This video is a little long, but it's worth it. May ideas about puppy training.