Puppy 1st Grade

Train through the transition to adolescence

Puppy 1st Grade builds on the skills learned in Puppy Kindergarten as your dog moves into adolescence. Adolescent puppies have changing needs as they grow and this class will help you understand, manage, and train during that transition. Using training games that are effective and fun, you will learn how to strengthen the connection between you and your pup, practice techniques to help your puppy to relax, and improve leash walking skills, all around increased distractions. The result is improved behavior, a calmer puppy, and a better partnership with your dog.

Age range: For puppies up to one year

Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Skills for Adolescent & Adult Dogs (formerly Basic Manners or Adolescent Dog)

Class length: 6 consecutive weeks (not including holidays). 60 minutes each. Make-up classes are not possible.

Fee: $200


  • Sarah Stoycos (Laughing Dog Academy)
  • Robin Shepherd (Infinite Dog Training)
  • Debbie Nathanson (Good Pets)

To Register:

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Class fees help support the free programs and services provided by Your Dog’s Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting dog parents.


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