About this Class:
Puppies should be 8 weeks – 6 months old when they begin Puppy Kindergarten. 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); and practice training exercises, like “drop it” and handling, to help prevent future fear and aggression issues.
We will be using Zoom for our online Puppy Kindergarten classes. Pre-recorded video, discussion, and demos will be used and each participant will also be coached via video working with their own puppy during the class.
Before your first class, your instructor will send you information on how you will want to prepare and how to log on to the class. You will need a internet access and a smart phone or a computer to join.
We use only positive methods – no choke, prong, or electronic collars. Training is fun for both you and your dog!
- Sarah Stoycos (Laughing Dog Academy) – Monday and Wednesday, Sunday evening
- Lisa Arant (Small and Tall Dog Training) – Saturday and Sunday morning
Available Starting Dates
The classes below are rolling enrollment. These dates are when we can start another puppy in class.
- Monday 10:15am – Sept 21
- Monday 6:00pm – Oct 19
- Monday 7:15pm – Sept 28
- Wednesday 10:15am – Sept 23
- Saturday 8:30am – Oct 10
- Saturday 9:55am – Sept 26
- Sunday 10:45am – Oct 11
- Sunday 5:30pm – Oct 11
- Sunday 7:00pm – Oct 11
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