Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten:
Learn to train your puppy & alleviate the stress of puppyhood.

We help you shape your puppy into a well-mannered member of your family. Through consistent training with your puppy over an extended period of time, good habits stick as they become a natural way of being and living.


Classes are currently canceled due to COVID 19. If you would like to be notified wen they resume, please add your name

Class Description:

Puppy Kindergarten is specifically designed for puppies during the crucial socialization period of 6-16 weeks. The American Veterinarian Association has determined that it is best for puppies to be socialized when they have had 2 out of the 3 puppy vaccines.

Kindergarten will give your puppy a great start in the world by working on confidence-building, development, manners and puppy socialization. Fun and positive reinforcement, including verbal praise and treats, are the focus as you introduce your puppy to basic dog skills such as sit, down, come and stay. In addition, class exercises are structured to help build self-control and learning skills in your puppy.
At the start of the session, puppies should be between the ages of 9 weeks to 4 months for most breeds. Exceptions may be made for older puppies smaller than 10 pounds.

How Soon Can I Start Kindergarten?

You can start immediately! We do require that your puppy has been in your home for at least 7 days, has received the first set of vaccines, and has a clean fecal test result. Puppy classes are for puppies 8 weeks to 4 months of age.

Did You Know?

The primary reason for dogs landing in shelters and euthanized is unsocial behavior.

Don't let that happen to your puppy!

What Will I Learn in Kindergarten?

Puppy Kindergarten Classes are one hour long and are broken into two segments. We start with, puppies get to meet and play with their classmates while supervised by behavior experts! Puppies play first to burn off their energy which creates a more focused dog for the 2nd half of the hour.

Segment 1: Puppy Playtime:

During puppy playtime, our trainer is discussing the main issues surrounding puppyhood with the Puppy Parents.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Leash and Walk Training
  • Nutrition Good Eating Habits Training including Waiting for Water Bowl Training
  • Desensitization and Familiarization Training with loud noises and common household appliances
  • Nipping and Bite Inhibition Training
  • Potty and Crate Training
  • Puppy Proofing the House
  • Nipping and Bite Inhibition Training
  • No Jump and No Bark Training
  • Territory Marking and Prevention Training
  • Grooming, Handling and Teeth Brushing Training
  • Rules, Boundaries and Limitations Training aka teaching your pup what is expected of them so you can hold them accountable and get that well-mannered pup you desire in the home, office, and outside the home!

Segment 2: Confidence & Body Language:

The second half of the hour involves building confidence through obstacle courses and obedience exercises. Your puppy will enjoy this stimulating time while he is gaining confidence and learning how to communicate and understand you better.

  • Introduction to Some Obedience Commands:
    • Sit
    • Down
    • Come
    • House
    • Leave It
    • Drop It
    • Fetch
  • Puppy Agility
  • Body Language: A dog’s body language is their first form of communication, therefore, we start with teaching you to read dog body language so you and your puppy can understand the same language. Typically a human’s body language says one thing while their verbal communication says another. We help teach you to communicate consistently.


- Puppy must have been in your care for at least 7 days
- Puppy is 8 weeks to 4 months
- Puppy has had 2 of it’s 3 Distemper/Parvo (often abbreviated as DHPP) vaccinations
- Puppy has had 1 of it’s 2 Bordetella vaccinations
- Puppy has a clean Fecal Test result
- A Puppy Socialization Agreement on file


$149/Package of 4
$269/Package of 4 + One In-Home Private Lesson
$999/Training for Life
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