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Puppy classes

Puppy Preschool

Help your new puppy learn how to live in a human world.

  • Your puppy will learn how to get along with other dogs and people, to enjoy being touched and picked up, and to be calm and bold in the face of new objects and noises. The puppy will also learn how to focus on you, respond to his or her name, come when called, and walk on loose leash.
  • You will learn how to train your puppy gently and efficiently, and how to best help him or her become comfortable with new creatures and environments. We will pay particular attention to housetraining and to solving any problems before they become established.

Puppy Start Right Preschool takes the frustration out of living with a young puppy. Rather than dealing with one crisis after another, you will set up your pup for success and will see daily improvement in his or her understanding and behavior. This class will put your puppy on track to become the happy, friendly, and well-behaved dog you’ve been hoping for.

Who?

  • Puppies 7 to 12 weeks old and their people
  • First set of vaccinations, a negative fecal parasite test, and a vet health certificate

What?

  • 1 introductory, in-home coaching session (1.5 hours)
  • 4 weekly classes (1 hour each; limited to 4 puppies)
  • Puppy Start Right book
  • Puppy training kit (2 clickers, 2 training toys)

When?

  • Enroll now! We are always in session.

Price

  • $350

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Elementary Puppy

Expand your puppy’s repertoire of cooperative behaviors.

  • Your puppy will learn a reliable recall, even from a game with another puppy; sit, down, and stay; to walk focused on you on a loose leash and off leash; and good greeting and play manners. He or she will also continue to learn about different dogs, people, and objects.
  • You will become more proficient at puppy management and training, and will be able to teach your puppy your own favorite tricks with occasional help from your instructor.

Having completed Elementary Puppy, you will be able to take your puppy for walks, visits, and play dates, confident of his or her cooperation and good manners.

Who?

  • Graduates of Puppy Preschool or of a Private Coaching Program, 13 weeks to 6 months old
  • Two sets of puppy vaccinations

What?

  • 4 weekly classes (1 hour each; limited to 4 puppies)

When?

  • Enroll now! We are always in session.

Price

  • $240

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Advanced Puppy

Channel your puppy’s growing attention span and energy.

  • Your puppy will learn advanced versions of Elementary Puppy behaviors, including how to follow your cues off leash, at a distance from you, and in presence of distractions. He or she will learn to settle down and relax for several minutes, even if there is a lot going on all around. If you are interested in participating in competitive dog sports or if your dog needs to learn specific skills such as finding a misplaced TV remote, this class will get you ready for those challenges.
  • You will get the opportunity to fine-tune your training technique, and grow with your puppy into a smooth working team.

Graduates of Advanced Puppy are just that: advanced. They are the envy of the dog-park crowd: the dogs are well-behaved beyond their age, and the owners are confident that they can handle any training challenges the world throws at them.

Who?

  • Graduates of Elementary Puppy or of a Private Coaching Program, 6 to 12 months old
  • Current vaccinations, including rabies

What?

  • 4 biweekly classes (1 hour each; limited to 4 puppies)

When?

  • Enroll now! We are always in session.

Price

  • $240

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Graduate Adolescent and Young Adult

Maintain the bond with your exuberant teenage dog.

  • As in so many other things in life, “use it or lose it” applies to dog training. The most important role of this class is to keep the dog and handler engaged and working together as the puppy matures into a young dog. In addition, we will use this class to solidify advanced training under increasingly challenging conditions, helping your dog blossom into a superstar.
  • You will get the chance to define your own curriculum, including teaching the tricks and games that you find the most entertaining, or advanced skills such as the retrieve and drop at a distance

The word Graduate says it all. Having trained the companion dog you’ve been dreaming of, you can focus on enjoying each other’s company with minimal maintenance, such as provided by an occasional class series. Or you may choose dog training as a hobby and take on advanced projects such as teaching your dog to ride a skateboard or find lost keys.

Who?

  • Graduates of Advanced Puppy and advanced graduates of a Private Coaching Program
  • Current vaccinations, including rabies

What?

  • 4 biweekly classes (1 hour each; limited to 4 dogs)

When?

  • Enroll now! We are always in session.

Price

  • $240