About this Class:
Puppies in Puppy Kindergarten should be 8 – 18 weeks old when they begin class. We encourage you to start your puppy in class early (as young as 8 weeks). You do not have to wait until your puppy’s vaccinations are complete. For more about this, please read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s position statement on puppy socialization.
Our Puppy Kindergarten classes have rolling registration. That means that your family and puppy can join the class you choose as soon as space opens. There is a list of the first dates available for each of our classes farther down on this page. You are registering for six weeks in a row, not including class cancellations. However, if you tell your instructor ahead of time about a date you have to miss, you can tack on one extra week at the end.
In Puppy Kindergarten, you will: start training your puppy in basic good manners (like sit, come, loose-leash walking, wait, leave it, attention, settle); learn how to deal with typical puppy challenges (including mouthing, house training, jumping); watch your puppy socialize with other puppies in a controlled environment; and practice training exercises, like “drop it” and handling, to help prevent future fear and aggression issues.
We use only positive methods – no choke, prong, or electronic collars. Training is fun for both you and your dog!
Also look at Puppy Party, additional supervised play with other puppies, on Tuesdays at 1:00pm, Thursdays at 1:00pm, Saturdays at 12:30pm, and some Sundays at 8:30am. For more information and to register, go to https://yourdogsfriend.org/product/puppy-party/
- Sarah Stoycos (Laughing Dog Academy)
- Lisa Arant (Small & Tall Dog Training) – Sat mornings & Wed evenings only
- Tony Henline (Totally Happy Dog Training) – Sunday mornings only
- Michelle Mange (Right Start Maryland) – Sunday afternoon only
Available Starting Dates
The classes below are rolling enrollment. These dates are when we can start another puppy in class.
- Monday 10:15am – Mar 4
- Monday 6:45pm – Mar 4
- Monday 8:15pm – Mar 11
- Wednesday 10:15am – Mar 6
- Saturday 8:30am – Mar 2
- Saturday 9:55am – Mar 2
- Sunday 10:45am – Feb 24
- Sunday 5:30pm – Mar 3
- Sunday 7pm – Mar 3
- Sunday 1:20pm – Feb 17-Mar 24 – This specific class does NOT have rolling registration and will be held for these 6 consecutive weeks only, with no make-up dates available.
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