Puppy Optimists is a dynamic group class designed specifically to help prepare your older puppy to see the glass half full. The word optimist means someone who is hopeful, cheerful, positive, and confident about the future – they expect to be successful. This is how we want your puppy to feel about the world around them!
By now your puppy is past their socialization window, but we still want to help ensure their world view continues to come from a place of optimism! “Uh oh! That vacuum is making a weird noise”, “I’m not too sure about other dogs”, “I have a lot of energy and I have trouble settling down”, “I’m bored maybe I should chew up this shoe!” – do these sound like things your puppy thinks about? Then this is the perfect class for you! Each week, you will learn to work as a team and help your pup feel more confident through a series of games, exercises, tips, and tricks. You will finesse old habits and teach them new skills to get them through their adolescence. Do you get bored easily? Not a fan of lecture-style learning? Not to worry because each week is something different – one week we may be working on how to behave on-leash or how to say hi to another dog, next week we may work on building fundamental agility skills, next week we may practice grooming and handling. The list goes on and on! This is the class that will help you build a wonderful bond with your pup, while giving them the confidence to handle all the things life throws their way!
Age Requirements: six months – twelve months (up to eighteen months if under twenty-five pounds) at the start of class
Other Requirements: must have attended either our Puppy STARters or Foundations classes before being eligible to attend.
Class Duration: Puppy Optimists meets for 1 one-hour session each week for six weeks.
Rolling Admission: this means you can start attending class at any time. No need to wait! Can’t attend all six weeks consecutively? You’ll have ten weeks to attend your six sessions.
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.