Did you know that the socialization window closes at 12 weeks? (scroll down to the FAQs if your puppy is older than 12 weeks)
That means, before three months, you should expose your puppy to everything you want them to accept with confidence as an adult. Puppy classes act as insurance to help guarantee a confident, friendly adult dog. Exposure should happen in a systematic controlled way that doesn't overwhelm your puppy.
When we socialize to dogs, we don't just mean the dog down the block,
but big dogs, little dogs, dogs with crazy haircuts, dogs of different
colors, dogs who look like dogs, dogs who don't look like dogs, etc. We
want our puppies to meet a new, friendly dog every day. With humans,
the list is even bigger!
Because we live in Washington, DC, it is extra important that our puppies be super socialized! We like to help our puppy owners go the extra mile, so that they'll never have to worry that their dog will start trying to attack other dogs or people.
The socialization process, if done correctly, can be a huge job! Don't worry though, we're here to help!
Puppy Kindergarten is the best way to socialize your puppy to people and other
dogs. This class will help with
development of cognitive, motor, and social skills all while strengthening their bond with you! Puppy training will also begin including name
recognition, come when called, sit, and down.
Topics such as house training, puppy biting, separation anxiety, and the
"zoomies" will also be covered. There will be plenty of off-leash play for the little ones.
Get ready to work hard and laugh a lot! It takes a village to raise a puppy!
Puppy Kindergarten is for puppies aged 9 weeks to 20 weeks. We require the first round of DHLPP or DHPP given at least 7 days prior to the class start. Puppies over 10 weeks should have the first two rounds of vaccinations with the second round administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 7 days prior to the first session of class. Please complete an online Orientation session before attending any of our puppy classes.
All classes are 50 minutes in length.
**Puppy Kindergarten is not appropriate for aggressive puppies. If your puppy is aggressive and over 10 weeks, please contact us for information about private sessions.
***Our Saturday 9am class is for puppies who are smaller, gentler, or shy. This class is for non-aggressive puppies and may be ideal for small breed puppies, puppies under 11 wks, or extremely gentle puppies.