This is a 6-week long class that meets once per week for puppies 6 months and younger. Your classes must be finished by the time your puppy turns 6 months old. This is because young puppies need to practice healthy socialization and dog to dog interactions before they reach adolescence.
This class focuses on proper socialization techniques, the foundations of learning, how to enhance the bond you share with your puppy and how to teach the foundation cues to help pave the way for future learning. We will emphasize dog body language and how to recognize signs of stress to help prevent relapses in your training. The stronger the bond you share, makes learning much easier and fun for your dog. This bond will put you on the path to a happier life together!
Puppy Kindergarten will cover how to introduce a marker word that tells your puppy he’s done the desired behavior and a reward is on the way. We will cover the three techniques used to get a behavior, the difference between a bribe and a reward and how to slowly fade the use of using treats in training.
Very basic behaviors will be introduced such as sit, down, stand, come and loose leash walking. Games will be taught to help you teach good house manners, handling skills and impulse control issues like Off and how to wait politely at the door.
We require proof that your puppy is up to date on all his core vaccinations. This includes Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and the new strain of flu vaccine called H3N2 or Bivalent. Rabies is required depending on your puppy’s age and as advised by your veterinarian.
What to bring to class:
- Proof of vaccines (first class only)
- Your puppy on a flat nylon or leather collar and a regular leash (NON retractable)
- Plenty of tiny, soft and moist treats (about the size of your fingernail)
- A comfortable mat, towel or small blanket for your puppy to lie on