Group Puppy Preschool will be returning with the dates listed below. Masks and an acknowledgement of your own personal risk participating in a group activity will be required. Private puppy lessons are always still an option – please see our private lessons page.
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 cycle back around every three sessions. 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, is too large/rambunctious for class, or class is full.
In a nutshell, each puppy is guaranteed 3 lessons so long as they occur within the age range listed above – some may be able to attend more under the parameters outlined above. It is preferred, and encouraged, to have your puppy attend three lessons in a row.
Lesson Package: $120
You MUST sign-up! To schedule your orientation and have your vaccination records vetted, please email, text, or call the trainer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-699-3977. We have Puppy Preschool most Monday nights at 6pm, though we only make the official schedule a few weeks out at a time. If you have a question about a date that you do not see listed below, please let us know.
2021 Schedule: 6pm:
9/13 – lesson 3
9/20 – lesson 1
9/27 – no class
10/4 – lesson 2
10/11 – lesson 3
10/18 – lesson 1
10/25 – lesson 2
11/1 – lesson 3
11/8 – no class
11/16 – MOVED TO A TUESDAY – lesson 1
11/22 – no class – Thanksgiving week
11/29 – lesson 2
Items We Cover During Each Lesson
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: 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, ear cleaning, 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
*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