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Ideal Puppy Training & Socialization
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Ideal Puppy Training & Socialization

Ideal Puppy Training & Socialization Class

or HOW TO SURVIVE PUPPYHOOD

This class is for puppies 8 to 18 weeks of age at the start of class.

(Missed the age cutoff or want more help?
Ask us about private training)

Each class session is 6-weeks long (one hour per week). Here are some class start dates

--Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.
(Ends on 10/26)

--Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
(Ends 11/18)

--Thursday, Octover 19, 2017 at 6 p.m.
(Ends 11/30)



REGISTRATION: Click here to register for any class.
(And find out if there are any openings.)

CONTINUING CLASSES
See bottom of page.

That cute little puppy got you chasing your tail?

Learn all you need to know to survive (and enjoy!) puppyhood, and watch your pup grow into the well behaved adult companion you look forward to. We will cover:

Basic obedience to get your pup focused and following your direction using positive reinforcement and rewards (we never use scary or harmful punishment!).

Problem solving to make short work of housetraining, and to stop your puppy from using you-- and your furniture-- as a chew toy.

Problem prevention to ensure your pup grows into an adult dog you can truly enjoy-- friendly, relaxed, well behaved, and fun.

Survive & thrive!
  • Off-leash puppy play to teach critical dog-dog socialization and communication skills.
  • Important skills such as bite inhibition (developing a soft mouth). Your pup will learn to control biting by playing with dogs his age.

  • Appropriate games to play with your puppy that are both fun and teach your puppy self control.

Why should all puppies go to school?

Because you want a fun, easy-to-live-with adult dog. That starts here!

Before five months of age your puppy is much more open to experiencing new things, so it is very important to begin a class prior to this age. Early puppyhood is a critical time for socialization and learning. This time will set the stage for the rest of your puppy's life. This is truly a once-in-a-puppy's-lifetime chance to show your puppy how to confidently relate to other puppies, unfamiliar people, and strange sights, sounds, and events. He needs to learn to adapt to the world around him and feel at ease. It is crucial that this developmental stage is used wisely! Let us help guide you.

You want a dog that pays attention and listens to you. You want a dog with good manners.

That's why it's important that you continue to bring your puppy to school for the full 6 weeks of socialization and learning. We work on attention, recalls, sit, down and stays with increasing duration, distance, and distraction. We will also teach leave it, send to mat, polite greeting and discuss resource guarding, housetraining, mouthing, and other important issues. Socialization and off leash puppy play are always an important part of this class.

A puppy that is calm around other dogs becomes a dog that is easy to bring places or even walk in your neighborhood without issues.

That is why puppy play is an important part of class. During social play with other puppies, the puppy learns the meaning and the appropriate use of canine communication. Social play serves as practice of etiquette in which the puppy learns the rules of social behavior—such as bite inhibition. Through social play, young animals improve their ability to interact properly with members of their own species, learn typical communication skills, learn to control their aggression, and form and deepen social bonds. Dogs do not have an innate understanding of how to interpret and react to all canine signals. Although puppies are born with the physical prerequisites for communicative signals, they must learn the meaning and the correct use of such signals.

The majority of the puppies in class will integrate nicely into the play group. There may be one or two that have some difficulty and we will try to modify any fearful behavior in gentle, supportive ways.

Socialization done correctly outside of class is critical in your puppy's emotional development. Here's how to do it right.

Positive (not scary for your pup) exposure to new places, faces and other animals should continue well past the Ideal Puppy class and into social maturity at around 3 years of age. If the exposure is not reinforced your puppy will lose this critical advantage that began in class.

CLASS LENGTH: 6 weeks. The class is one hour per week.

AGE: For puppies 8 to 18 weeks of age at the start of class. (We may take your slightly older puppy if he or she is a small breed dog and is quiet or shy. Ask us.) If your puppy is going to be over 18 weeks of age at the start of class, please sign up for Focus Foundation.

INSTRUCTOR: Mindy Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA (6 p.m. classes) or
Cheryl VanVoorhies M.Ed. CTC (7:15 p.m. classes)

COURSE FEE: $175 for 6 weeks of class (an hour per week). This includes a library of online handouts.

Sign up today! Space is limited so that personal attention can be given to each puppy and owner.

CLICK HERE to learn what to bring to puppy class.

CLICK HERE to read what others have to say about our puppy classes.

Concerned about vaccines and the proper age for your puppy to begin class? Want to know more about the importance of socialization? CLICK HERE to find out more.

WANT OR NEED MORE HELP? Ask us about private training

Continuing Classes (see upcoming classes at top of page):

--Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6 p.m.
(Ends on 10/12)

--Tuesday, August 3, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.
(Ends on 9/14. No class on 8/24.)


 Cost: $175.00

 Class Length: 6 - 1 hour weekly sessions

 Class Size: up to 7 puppies 8-18 weeks of age at class start


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