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Group Classes: Puppies 9 to 14 Weeks

 

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Puppy Party

Start your puppy’s socialization process at our FREE puppy play hour.  There are limited spaces for new dogs each week but once you're in, you're in -- registration needed for first visit only!  Please check our holiday schedule for planned closings.  If we are closed for inclement weather, it will be posted on our Facebook page.  

Content: Supervised socialization for puppies 16 weeks and younger
For: Puppies 9 – 14 weeks at their first visit.
Day: Every Saturday from 9:00am - 10:00am (see our holiday schedule for planned closings.)
Location: Ballston Campus
Cost: FREE (Registration required)
Prerequisites: First round of distemper & parvovirus vaccinations (DAPP).  Please keep your puppy home if he or she is sniffling, sneezing, coughing, has a runny nose or shows any other signs of illness.

 

Puppy Kindergarten:
Open Enrollment

Want a dog that is well-mannered and friendly for life? Then your puppy needs early training and socialization. Our comprehensive and fun Puppy Kindergarten class gives you everything you need to get your puppy started on the right paw.

The best part? With our open-enrollment system you never have to wait for a class. Start anytime!

Content: House-training, crate training, socialization, puppy mouthing, name game, handling, restraint, and lots of puppy playtime
For: Puppies 9–14 weeks at start of program
Day: Every Thursday
Location: Ballston Campus
Length: 6 weeks
Cost if register before May 1, 2017: $120 (and $25 off Puppy Basic)
Cost if register after May 1, 2017: 
$150 (and $25 off Puppy Basic)
Prerequisites: 
First round of distemper & parvovirus vaccinations (DAPP).  Please keep your puppy home if he or she is sniffling, sneezing, coughing, has a runny nose or shows any other signs of illness -- you will be able to make up the class.

 

Puppy Basic Obedience

With this fun and effective puppy manners class you get a puppy that loves to behave politely—and can’t wait to learn more. We use clickers and a method called Tranquil Training to transform boisterous pups into young ladies and gentlemen.

Content: Name game, sit, down, stay, come when called, loose-leash walking, targeting, polite greetings
For: Puppies 15 weeks to 6 months old on the first day of class
Location: Ballston Campus
Length: 7 weeks
Cost if register before May 1, 2017: $235 ($210 if pup has taken Puppy Kindergarten)
Cost if register after May 1, 2017: 
$250 ($225 if pup has taken Puppy Kindergarten)
Prerequisites:
Current vaccination certificate

 

 

Puppy Socialization

Don’t delay! Start now to raise a healthy, happy adult dog. Your puppy’s socialization window starts to close at 16 weeks. Before then, your puppy must be positively introduced to all manner of people, dogs, sounds, textures, sights, and situations—not to mention get a foundation in house-training, crate training, bite inhibition, and manners.

It’s a lot to pack in, but we are here to help. With our open-enrollment Puppy Kindergarten class (join any time!) and FREE weekly Puppy Party, you give your puppy the best start in life.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends that puppies start socializing in safe environments as early as 8 weeks of age as long as they have had their first round of vaccinations. Read AVSAB Position Statement

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