Puppy Kindergarten Classes

These individual classes or groups are typically for puppies, 8 to 16 weeks old however, based on certain circumstances, special accommodations can be made for older puppies.

Puppy Kindergarten ClassesThe primary goal is to get to know your puppy and build a relationship with him/her,  as this is the foundation for all the training going forward. Building relationship based on mutual trust and respect.

  • Every dog has something to teach us and we have something to teach the dog.
  • Secondly, learning to introduce puppy to novel objects and people safely.
  • Thirdly, understanding your dog’s communications and motivations to teach impulse control and understanding emotional responses to distractions.
  • Fourthly, loose leash walking and relaxation protocol when finished.

This consists of four sessions once a week.

Contact me for availability.

Session 1:

  • Building relationship and building confidence using fun games.
  • Using the nose to explore their surroundings and environment on a long lead.
  • Understanding and using the marker word-YES.
  • Purpose and technique of body handling.

Session 2:

  • Relaxation protocol
  • Impulse control
  • Fundamental sit
  • Shaping vs luring to the desired behavior
  • Loose leash walking
  • Introducing puppy to novel objects
  • How to handle uncertainty and apprehension.

 Puppy Kindergarten Classes

Session 3:

  • Understanding distance, distraction and duration and how to use it appropriately.
  • Putting it all together in various low distraction areas.

Session 4:

  • Understanding puppies distance to distraction and how this affects his emotional threshold.
  • Introduction of various and numerous distractions as it relates to every day life in your home.
  • Introduction to socialization with other dogs and I don’t mean DOG PARKS!

Contact me for availability.