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Puppy Classes

As far as puppy socialization goes, 8 - 12 weeks old is the prime of your puppy's life! This is a special time in a dog's life when they are especially open to new things, and it's the ideal time to give them positive socialization experiences. Puppies that are not exposed to a variety of people and things they will encounter in everyday life, are more prone to develop anxiety and fear. 



In this ongoing weekly class that takes place in our Play Room, puppies have opportunities to meet unfamiliar people, and interact with unfamiliar objects, sights, sounds, smells, and touch, in a positive way. This class is designed for 1 - 4 pups, and when we have two or more puppies signed up there will be opportunities for puppy play time. By building these positive associations, we effectively build a calm, confident, and cooperative canine partner. 

​You will learn:


  • What to expect during puppyhood

  • How to interpret dog body language

  • How to provide optimal puppy socialization experiences safely

  • How to meet all of your puppy's needs

  • How to prevent problem behaviors 

  • How to build desired behaviors

  • An effective and positive method for puppy potty training

  • An effective and positive method for puppy crate training


Puppies will learn:


  • To be calm around new things​

  • Response to name/come when called

  • To wait quietly in a crate or on a mat

  • To greet people calmly

  • To cooperate with routine care (body handling and husbandry procedures)


Class normally meets on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., but times are subject to change seasonally.


**All puppies are screened for health and up-to-date vaccinations. Please be prepared to provide proof of Distemper/Parvo and Bordetella vaccinations at least 24 hours before the class. Please see our Waiver and Training Policies document on our booking form for more details.


In this video, puppies Mando and Cash are demonstrating optimal puppy play behaviors. Both pups have relaxed body language, and interact with each other in a polite manner. It's not uncommon for one or more puppies in a play group to be higher energy than others, or to display pushy, rude, or dominating behaviors. For this reason, we organize play groups into puppies of similar age and size, and we closely monitor all interactions to ensure all puppies are playing appropriately. When play gets too intense, we re-direct puppies and distract them with toys or engagement with owners. 

Did you know that there are also ways to get your puppy socialized to other dogs without direct interactions?