Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool

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Ruger conquers the teeter totter, 2017.

In light of COVID-19, we have suspended group classes but are still offering private options in person and online.

For puppies 8-16 weeks old!

Our Puppy Preschool lessons provide a wide variety of puppy related information and assistance.  Whether you’re a seasoned dog owner or first time puppy parent, these classes are for you!  All puppies must show proof of age appropriate vaccinations*.

While many vets still recommend no socialization until after a puppy is fully vaccinated, many are now realizing that controlled socialization is vital.  Should you take your unvaccinated puppy to roam a public park?  No.  Should you take your puppy to training class with other puppies and dogs who have age appropriate vaccines?  Yes!  The AVSAB states it as follows…

…behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters.  Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.  – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior


How it works:

Our Puppy Preschool consists of one private orientation (in person or on the phone) and three lesson plans that rotate during a 6 week period.  Each lesson is free standing, so you can start at any time.  You may also repeat the lessons if desired so long as the puppy has not passed the age of 5 months.

Lesson Package: $100

You MUST sign-up!  To schedule your orientation and have your vaccination records vetted, please email, text, or call the trainer: discoverydog1@gmail.com or 828-699-3977.

2020 Schedule through spring:

January 13 – lesson 1
January 20 – lesson 2
January 27 – lesson 3
February 3 – lesson 1
February 10 – lesson 2
February 17 – lesson 3

March 9- lesson 1
March 16 – lesson 2  postponed
March 23 – lesson 3 postponed
March 30 – lesson 2
April 6 – lesson 3
April 13 – lesson 1
April 20 – lesson 2
April 27 – lesson 3

Items We Cover

Object Socialization:  We utilize special equipment, such as a puppy teeter totter, as well as household items, such as a vacuum cleaner, to teach owners how to socialize their puppies with new and sometimes scary objects or obstacles.

Handling Exercises/Name and Explain:  Our goal is to make your puppy your vet’s favorite patient!  We teach owners how to practice handling their puppies to minimize future problems when dealing with veterinary care, grooming, or even routine in-home wellness.

Special Topics:  During puppy preschool, we address typical questions and problem areas such as play biting and housebreaking, but we also specifically focus on a few special topics including dental care, first aid, and toe nail trimming.

Socialization:  Puppies will socialize with my personal dogs when available as well as any puppies who attend the same class!

Orientation: Play biting, housebreaking, crate training
Lesson 1: Object socialization, Name and Explain, Say Yes Game
Lesson 2: Object socialization, Name and Explain, Toe Nails, Teeth, First Aid
Lesson 3: Conditioned Relaxation, Name and Explain, Tricks, Obedience Prep

*Vaccinations – proof of age appropriate vaccinations must be provided on a printout from your vet, rescue, or shelter.  Handwritten notes/stickers/passports from breeders or at home care will not be accepted.  We reserve the right to refuse any puppy who we feel poses a health risk to others in class.  Puppies must be at least one week out from their first set of vaccinations and appear healthy to attend class.  Please also familiarize yourself with our general policies. 2020 Training Agreement


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