The goal of puppy preschool is to socialize your pup and build character! Puppies have a critical socialization window that closes around 12-14 weeks, and prior to that closing, the focus of the bulk of your training should be socialization (which can’t be learned later in life) rather than skills (which can be learned at any time and is purely affiliative prior to 20 weeks.)
People often equate socialization with introducing their pup to other puppies and people, but a well rounded socialization protocol is much more comprehensive than that! In class, your pup will interact with other puppies through guided play to foster appropriate interactions with other dogs, as well as novel objects, sounds, and sensations. They are also introduced to the clicker, positive reinforcement, separation training, grooming/veterinary handling, and age appropriate obedience.
Cost: $160 for four classes.
Duration: 60 minutes.
– Puppy is under 20 weeks old.
– Handler is over the age of 18.
– One handler per dog.
– Puppy has received at least its first round of DHPP and continues on an appropriate vaccination schedule.
- The Very Young: 8-13 weeks
- The Very Small: Under 15lbs
- The Very Shy: Puppies of all ages and sizes showing mild fear of other dogs.
- The Older: 14-20 weeks
- The Bigger: Over 15lbs
- The Bolder: Those demonstrating a robust and confident play style.
PUPPY PRESCHOOL AVAILABILITY
Take a look at our frequently asked questions for more information about our puppy preschool.
What is a Puppy Preschool Class?
What is the right age for puppies to attend puppy class?
Puppies are allowed to start puppy preschool if they are between 8 to 20 weeks. We have split the class into older/more confident/bigger puppies and younger/smaller/shy puppies, and further divide them within each class based on play style and size.
My puppy is older than 20 weeks but really small/shy/under-socialized, any chance I can still attend preschool?
My puppy is too scared to play with other dogs!
Can my puppy attend class on multiple days?
My puppy is under 14 weeks old but is (more than 15lbs/a bold player.) Which class should I join?
Always go by age first! If your pup is under 14 weeks, it’s best to start them off in Little Puppy class. During class, if the trainer determines your pup would benefit from moving up, they will let you know.
What kind of training do you do in puppy class?
What does my puppy need to bring to preschool?
- An appetite! If class is around breakfast/dinner time, feed a half portion.
- An emptied bladder/bowel. There are potty breaks, but pottying before class limits accidents during playtime.
- A 4 to 6 foot leash – no retractable or bungee leashes.
- A flat buckle collar or harness.
- Your pup’s vaccination records (to their first class)