Puppy Class

Are you a new puppy parent? Are you feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what to do?

Don’t worry, we can help!

Let’s start the fun with some vital puppy training that will equip you and your little one with the skills needed for a successful and happy life. Our expert trainers will work closely with you and your furry companion to teach them the fundamentals of obedience and interaction. We’ll make sure all the important lessons are learned in a positive and nurturing environment.

Watch in amazement as your puppy discovers the world around them and bonds with your family like never before. Enjoy every moment together, bask in your pup’s enthusiasm, and let us capture it all forever.

With our puppy training, make sure you’re ready for the best times in life – the ones shared with your four-legged friend. Join our puppy training program today and let the good times begin!

Our Approach

PhD Dogs’ classes take the time to teach you about dog ownership and ensure you are prepared to be one step ahead of your new four-legged family member.

Our training focuses on how to teach you to train your puppy the fundamentals so you’ll have useful training information that will be put in place immediately. Training and working with your dog is a lifetime commitment. You’ll come out of our classes with many motivating training tips that you’ll use today, tomorrow, and many years to come.

PhD Dogs’ training philosophy of persistence, insistence, and consistency is integrated into all aspects of the training procedures. So get your puppy off on the right paw with our puppy classes divided for small and large breeds. PhD Dogs’ training style will encourage good behaviors while helping you establish a strong bond with your newest best friend.

Key Topics Include

  • Understanding and developing your training communication with your puppy
  • Molding and shaping behaviors into cues for Here, Heel, Sit, Down, Place
  • Socialization with people, places, and other dogs – proper investigation of the brave new world
  • Tips on puppy health, grooming, and recognizing developmental stages
  • Problem prevention including house training, puppy mouthing, jumping on people, digging and the list goes on!

Pre-Requisite

  • For puppies starting at 8 weeks of age
  • Do I need to wait until my puppy has completed Puppy Vaccinations? In most cases, no. Please scroll down to read the following statement on Puppy Vaccinations**.

Additional Info

  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • PhD Dogs Certificate of Completion
  • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certificate of Completion
Mondays & Wednesdays

Puppy 1 Class

Dates: March 18 – April 22
Duration: 10 classes (6 weeks)
Time: 6 pm – 7 pm; 1-hour
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Age: For puppies 6 weeks to 12 weeks old
Schedule: The First 4 weeks will be Mondays & Wednesdays. The Last 2 weeks will be on Mondays.

6 pm – 7 pm
225
Tuesdays

Puppy 2 Class

Dates: March 19 – April 23
Duration: 6 classes (6 weeks)
Time: 6 pm – 7 pm; 1-hour
Days: Tuesdays
Age: For puppies 6 weeks to 12 weeks old

Schedule: This series will be one time per week on Saturdays.

6 pm – 7 pm
180

** Puppy Vaccinations. PhD Dogs encourages each and every owner to have a wonderful relationship with their puppy’s vet and to work closely with your vet to prevent communicable diseases among our family pets. It’s becoming more widely accepted by veterinarians that early socialization and learning in a controlled environment far outweigh the small risk of disease. Many veterinary colleges are educating their students on this aspect of dog behavior. PhD Dogs do require proof of initial vet care and exam to come to class.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has realized the importance of early socialization and issued a new position statement, “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli, and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal, or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.” (Emphasis added) Your veterinarian may not be aware of this change, so please let him know. PhD Dogs takes as many precautions as possible before each of our classes for a disinfected training environment, clean and healthy fur students coming to class and our best defense against sickness is educating the guardians – YOU.

Please decide for yourself about the benefits of his social development vs. the medical aspect. Is there a risk in letting your puppy be with other puppies? There is some risk — but think about it for a minute. His classmates will be other puppies who have the same care and attention that yours has — they’re up to date on their vaccines and are in good health. There are options and benefits to either stance – private and in-home lessons are always available.

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