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Puppy Foundations

For puppies 10 weeks of age to 5 months

During this course, your puppy will learn basic manners through only positive reinforcement, helping to provide a stronger canine-animal bond. This is a seven week course over which your puppy will learn basic concepts such as focus, sit, down, wait, recall, and loose leash walking. This is also an opportunity for your puppy to meet new people, dogs, and distractions. At the end of this course, you will leave with a better understanding on what it takes to communicate with your four legged friend and what common mistakes we make as owners that can hinder training. Training is life-long but this course will help set you up for success!

Week 1

  • ABCs of dog Learning

  • Luring/shaping/capturing

  • Practicing the time of marking

  • Dog's name

  • Sit

Week 3

  • Review/Problem solving

  • Loose leash walking

  • Down

Week 5

  • Review/Problem solving

  • DSCC further discussion

  • Exploring the vet clinic 

    • Scale​

    • Exam rooms

    • Table

Week 7

  • Review/Problem solving

  • Muzzle discussion/conditioning

  • Common restraint measures

  • Puppy Graduation

Week 2

  • Review/Problem solving

  • Potty training discussion

  • Touch

  • Come

Week 4

  • Review/Problem solving

  • Socialization​

  • Shake

  • Intro to desensitizing and counter conditioning (DSCC)​​

Week 6

  • Review/Problem solving

  • Exploring the vet clinic continued

  • Explore unique surfaces/textures/objects 

  • Go to bed/place​


  • Must be healthy and between 10 weeks to 5 months of age.

    • Puppies showing any clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, coughing, etc. should be kept at home and isolated from other puppies. ​

  • Must have completed the first DAPP vaccine at least 10 days prior to first class (and must have been administered by a licensed veterinarian) and have continued vaccine puppy series as recommended by veterinarian.

  • Must complete and sign the Dog Training Release Form (can be filled out at the first class).

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