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This class meets for 6 weeks on Monday evenings from January 29th through March 5th.

Puppy Kindergarten is for puppies 8 to 16 weeks of age on the first night of class and uses clicker training to teach them the basic good manners needed to grow into a well-mannered member of the family. These include: sit, down, look, touch, wait, stay, come, leave it, polite greeting (not jumping up) and loose leash walking.

Puppy behaviors such as mouthing, bite inhibition, jumping up and handling will also be addressed. Puppy parents will also receive advice about potty training, crate training, and how to effectively use a time-out to stop unwanted behavior. Class includes plenty of off-leash play time to encourage socialization.

If you have concerns about training your puppy with a clicker please don’t hesitate to contact the trainer. To come to class, puppies only need to be up-to-date for their age in their vaccine boosters. Cost: $155.

The AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) is an award given to puppies by the American Kennel Club who attend all 6 weeks of puppy class and can demonstrate basic training behaviors. The program was developed to encourage puppy parents to socialize their puppies early. You can complete the requirements for AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. in the context of your Puppy Kindergarten Class – just mark AKC S.T.A.R. on the class registration form so the trainer knows you are interested. Learn more about AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. online.  Adding the S.T.A.R. certification to your puppy class is $15.