Puppy Training Classes
What do you want your puppy to be like when he’s grown up? Let’s start working towards that, today.
Want to get your puppy started on the right paw? Our puppy training classes are a great way to teach social skills, good manners, and a positive attitude about learning. We want to teach you how to teach your puppy so he wants to listen and earn praise!
How puppy class works:
Each week, we cover different topics, practice around distractions, and work with you, wherever you and your puppy are at in your training. We’ll do a warm up to get the puppies attention, then talk and cover some topics, then bring the puppies out to practice.
Puppy class is for:
- Introducing training
- Problem prevention & solving
- Relationship building
- Building your puppy’s attention span
- Teaching self control, patience, and acceptance
Some of the topics covered in puppy training classes include:
- Training tools
- Teaching puppy their name
- Watch me
- Leave It
- Give & Tug
- Food & Nutrition
- Walk Nicely on Leash
- Social Manners
- No Barking
- Accepting Handling
- No Bite
- No Jump
- Fun Games & Puzzles
- Problem Solving
- Sleeping through the night
Class is a combination of time talking and answering questions and plenty of time to practice with supervision. We want your puppy to get accustomed to working around distractions! We also want to make sure that you’re practicing well, so that at home and on walks, you can get your puppy to do anything you ask.
For tips and pointers, browse our puppy training section.
For information about how we teach, see Our Training Methods.
Let’s start raising the coolest dog ever—yours!
- Puppy class is one hour a week for seven weeks
- The cost is $125
- You may begin any week we are holding classes
Puppy Class Days & Times:
- Saturday mornings, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
- Monday evenings, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Students choose which day of the week works best for them then attend that day and time for 7 weeks. (Monday and Saturday classes cover the same topics, but because of holidays and rain, the classes are rarely covering the same topics in the same week.)
Requirements to attend:
- Your puppy must be between 10 and 16 weeks of age to begin this course
- Two full sets of vaccinations are required prior to attending
Puppies older than sixteen weeks of age are ready to enroll in Basic obedience class.
How do we get all this awesomeness going?
How to Join:
- You may begin on any puppy class
- Check the calendar to ensure a holiday isn’t coming up
- If it’s raining, give us a call within an hour of class start to confirm if we’re holding class
- Please come about 5 – 10 minutes early to your first class
- Bring your puppy on leash and collar
- No retractable or “flexi” leashes please
- Bring whatever collar you’re using on your puppy
- Bring proof of vaccinations to the first class. A vet receipt is fine.
The first time you come to puppy class, one of Kindred Spirits’ trainers will give you (and any other first week students) the first, introductory lesson. Class sessions two through seven will be done as part of the puppy class group, with testing for the STAR program on the seventh class.
Still have questions about how class works? We have that covered too–see our FAQ!
We participate in the American Kennel Club’s STAR Puppy Program. We include certain topics in our class and on week 7, puppies can take the puppy test–it’s a breeze for most! For puppies who pass, paperwork can be sent in to receive an AKC certificate and medal. For more information go to www.akc.org STAR stands for: Socialization – Your puppy learns to be at ease around people, other dogs, and the outside world Training – Your puppy learns Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Walk on Leash, Leave it, and other commands Activity – You learn how to exercise your puppy’s mind and body in fun and educational ways Responsibility – Teaching your puppy how to be a good citizen in the human world
We recognize that puppy owners have to weigh the risks of socialization against their puppy’s vulnerability to disease.
- We require two sets of vaccines, with the second set at least seven days prior to puppy’s first class.
- We also ask that puppies be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.
- If your puppy shows any signs of illness, please keep your puppy home and let us know how your puppy is feeling.
- We maintain contacts with many veterinarians in the area to stay up to date about any local health concerns.
We have set the criteria for attendance in our puppy classes based on position statements from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (JAHA), the American Kennel Club (AKC), and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). All of these organizations encourage owners to attend group classes with their puppies to promote socialization behavior and help prevent behavioral problems.
“Puppies go through a sensitive period of socialization when they are uniquely prepared to benefit from exposure to social opportunities,” said AVSAB president, Dr. E. Kathryn Meyer.
That’s a lot of topics up there, right? We are here to help. Each week, we send an email after class with step by step instructions of what we talked about and what to practice. Just in case you had to take a potty break, we’ve got you covered.
Kindred Spirits encourages the entire family to attend classes. It’s easier for us to teach the group than it is for one person to come to class and then go home and try to teach everyone else. Plus, other family members may have questions we can answer. This also helps ensure that everyone is teaching the dog the same way. However, with children we have some rules that must be adhered to for everyone’s safety – especially the safety of the kids.
- Children must remain within arm’s reach of their parents at all times.
- Children must leave other dogs alone. They are not to pet other dogs. Even if dogs are friendly, dogs are in class to learn also.
- Dogs chase things that move–especially children–so kids must walk at all times.
- Children may participate in training with a parent but the parent is the primary trainer.
- The creek and pond at Kindred Spirits is protected wetlands and is not fenced off. Please keep your child up on the top level of the yard and do not allow him/her to go down to the pond.
- Under no circumstances shall a child be dropped off at Kindred Spirits without a parent.
Thank you for allowing Kindred Spirits Dog Training to continue to allow children in our puppy training classes while maintaining a safe learning experience for all.