Puppy Kindergarten

What is Puppy Kindergarten?

Puppy Kindergarten is a program aimed at creating well-socialized, well-mannered, happy family dogs through early intervention. In Puppy Kindergarten, owners learn the basics of puppy ownership, how to socialize their puppies safely, how to teach basic commands and manners, and how to deal with the range of puppies issues that arise, such as house training, chewing, biting, jumping up, etc. Puppies in Puppy Kindergarten will receive positive exposure to people and other puppies in an environment that is safe and FUN!

What will we cover in Puppy Kindergarten?

Puppy Kindergarten 1

Socialization

Health & Behavior

Training

  • People
  • Children
  • Other Puppies & Dogs
  • Unfamiliar sights & sounds
  • Safety & responsibilty
  • Housetraining
  • Nipping & biting
  • Chewing
  • Jumping Up
  • Manners around food
  • Body handling & puppy massage
  • Nutrition
  • Home puppy exam
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Come when called
  • Leave it
  • Basic leash work
  • Crate training

Puppy Kindergarten 2

Socialization

Health & Behavior

Training

Continue:
  • People
  • Children
  • Other Puppies & Dogs
  • Unfamiliar sights & sounds
  • Safety & responsibilty

    Add:
  • Other animals
  • Puppy agility & confidence building
  • Unfamiliar objects
Continue:
  • Housetraining
  • Nipping & biting
  • Chewing
  • Jumping Up
  • Manners around food
  • Body handling & puppy massage
Continue:
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Come when called
  • Leave it
  • Crate training

    Add:
  • Stay
  • Heel & Halt on lead
  • Greet politely
  • Settle on Mat

What are the requirements for enrolling in Puppy Kindergarten?

For Puppy Kindergarten 1 - Puppies must be at least 8 weeks of age but no older than 16 weeks at the time class begins. Your puppy must have been examined by and received a clean bill of health from a veterinarian. Specifically:

  • Your puppy must have received at least two sets of puppy shots (DHPP or similar).
  • Puppies must be free of external parasites (mites, fleas, etc) at all times.
  • Rabies vaccine is not required to begin Kindergarten. It will be given by your vet when your pup reaches the appropriate age.
  • Please print out, and have your vet fill out and sign our health certificate.

    Puppies without proper health certification will not be admitted to class. No exceptions.

For Puppy Kindergarten 2 - Puppies must have completed Puppy Kindergarten 1 successfully. Your puppy must have been examined by and received a clean bill of health from a veterinarian. Specifically:

  • Your puppy must have received at least two sets of puppy shots (DHPP or similar).
  • Puppies must be free of external parasites (mites, fleas, etc) at all times.
  • Rabies vaccine is not required to begin Kindergarten. It will be given by your vet when your pup reaches the appropriate age.
  • Please print out, and have your vet fill out and sign our health certificate.

When is Puppy Kindergarten held?

Puppy Kindergarten meets weekly for 5 weeks, one week orientation without puppies and four weeks with puppies. Orientation is 90 minutes, each class with your puppy is one hour long. A new session begins every 3 weeks so that no puppy ever has to wait more than a few weeks to join a class. It is important for puppies to join a Kindergarten class as soon as possible! These precious weeks of your pup's life cannot be made up later. Puppy Kindergarten classes are limited to five puppies so that each puppy and family will receive adequate one on one time with our trainer. Days and times for Puppy Kindergarten vary depending on demand and enrollment. When enrollment is high, more than one session may be scheduled. Puppy Kindergarten 1 classes are held Monday nights at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 10:30am. Puppy Kindergarten 2 classes are scheduled based on demand.

If a class is cancelled due to weather or other reasons, a make-up class will be held at the end of the session. If you have to miss a class for any reason, try to have another family member bring your puppy to class. There are no refunds or discounts for missed classes.

How do I enroll my puppy?

First, call or email to find out when the next class starts. Then, you can open and print the registration form fill it out and send it in along with the class fee. Health certification can be mailed at the same time or brought to the first class. Your registration form and fees need to be received before your place is guaranteed. Sessions do fill up, so don't wait until the last minute to send your registration in. You will receive notification when your place in class is confirmed.

The fee is $85 per five week session, which includes some of your equipment. Cancellations made at least 1 week prior to the first class of the session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between 1 week prior to the first class and the first class will receive a 50% refund. No refunds of class fees will be made after the session begins. There is a $35 fee for returned checks.

You are welcome to bring children to classes as long as they are at least eight years old and each child under age 16 is accompanied by an adult. Kids make wonderful dog trainers and Puppy Kindergarten is a good opportunity for children to learn appropriate behavior around dogs as well as for the puppies to become comfortable around children. Although children will be permitted and encouraged to participate in training the dog, we require that an adult handle the pup during class.


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