Puppy Training FAQ

Is it safe to bring my puppy before she’s had all her shots?
The disease risk to puppies in class is minimal, and the benefits of attending are huge and important. Under-socialized puppies are at much greater risk for becoming fearful or aggressive as adults.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends puppies begin socialization before they are fully vaccinated and “In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized.”

What vaccines does my puppy need before she can attend class?
Puppies must be in good health and have at minimum the first round in their series of puppy vaccines at least 7 days before starting class, and have had a first de-worming. Please bring proof of vaccinations with you to your first class.

If I miss a class, can I do a make-up session?
Due to the limited class size, and the different schedules for classes, it’s not always possible to offer a make-up session. If there is room in another class, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. If you miss a class, we’ll email you the homework for the class you missed so you can practice at home.

Can I bring my kids to class?
Having children in class can be a great socialization opportunity for puppies, and many kids love the chance to train. Young children have short attention spans (much like puppies!) and easily become bored. There are times in class when children will need to sit quietly while the instructor is talking and you’re working with the puppy. Please consider the difficulties your child may have in class, as well as your ability to concentrate on training your puppy.

I have two puppies. Can I bring them both to class?
While we welcome multiple puppies from the same household in class, there must be a separate handler for each puppy.