If you are first starting off, consider one of our puppy programs. These two age-appropriate classes have been heralded by our clients as “The Best Puppy Classes in the Entire Triangle!” because each class is designed to cover manners and obedience, while also providing a positive socialization environment. Training should begin early in a dog’s life and attending a puppy class is a great way to start building their love for learning (and you!). Depending on your puppy’s age, you’ll either start in Successful Socialization and move to Puppy Starters OR jump right into our Puppy Starters class. Both classes will cover basic obedience commands and prepare your puppies for adult training classes such as Foundations, Agility for Fun, or Canine Good Citizen prep classes.
Did you know that your puppy’s “critical socialization window” is the most important and influential period in their life and that this window closes sometime between twelve and eighteen weeks of age? It’s true! At this young age – and vital stage of development – your puppy’s social skills are much more important than their obedience and your primary focus should be on social skills and introducing your puppy to other puppies and people, as well as new surfaces, noises, objects, and obstacles. Now, imagine an indoor, temperature-controlled, off-leash puppy park where a lifeguard is always “on duty” – this interactive class offers a perfect balance of education and socialization! While your puppy plays off-leash (with trainer supervision), you’ll learn about their unique social behavior, social preferences, appropriate vs. inappropriate play, on- and off-leash greetings, dog body language, and more! You’ll learn how to properly socialize your puppy outside of the classroom and even go on “scavenger hunts” with them.
We also tackle manners – potty training, crate training, play biting, jumping on people, and destructive chewing – while not overwhelming the puppies or moving too quickly. It’s best to start teaching your puppy appropriate behavior now, so you can prevent bad habits from ever forming in the first place. Our primary focus is to give you the skills you’ll need so that you’ll form lifelong bonds and raise your puppy to be a well-socialized, well-mannered adult. Our Successful Socialization class is designed to put you and your puppy in a fun and successful learning environment and promises to get you and your puppy excited for training.
Age Requirements: All Puppies between eight – fifteen weeks are welcome to attend.
Other Requirements: As long as your puppy has been in your home for seven days (this includes fostering), is over eight weeks of age, and has had their first round of vaccines, you’re all set.
Class Duration: Successful Socialization meets for 1 one-hour session each week for four weeks.
Rolling Admission: This means you can start attending class at any time. No need to wait! Can’t Attend Four Weeks Consecutively? You’ll have six weeks to attend your four sessions.
Our Puppy Starters is more than your typical puppy class! This is our most popular class, and it’s praised by experienced and first-time owners alike because we set the right foundation. We believe training should be fun, so everything is age-appropriate. If your puppy was too old to attend our Successful Socialization class, no worries! Our Puppy Starters class has all the same socializing elements so that you can start off on the right “paw”. We’ll also give you new ways to socialize and help your puppy grow.
This class follows the AKC’s S.T.A.R. Puppy program to teach our puppies basic obedience – sit, down, come, drop it, etc. – while also nipping any naughty behaviors that are arising – potty training troubles, play biting, jumping on people, destructive chewing, and pulling on leash. Like our Successful Socialization class, Puppy Starters is designed to give your puppy a fun and successful learning environment. Our primary focus is on the skills you’ll need to continue bond-building and raising your new puppy to be a well-socialized, well-mannered adult.
Age Requirements: 16 weeks – 24 weeks (under 6 months) at the start of class
Class Duration: one hour sessions once a week for seven weeks (the first week is a humans-only orientation)
Bonuses: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test ($20 value) is included and will take place at graduation
We’re sorry, but our puppy classes do not cover behavior challenges such as severe on-leash reactivity (barking, growling, and/or lunging at others while on leash), excessive barking, separation anxiety, confinement distress, extreme fearfulness of people or dogs, or aggression as these cannot be covered in a group class setting. If you are already experiencing this type of behavior with your puppy, please check out our private training options. This way, we can tailor a training program to tackle your puppy’s individual needs.