Puppy Training in Ellensburg, WA
Making the best use of your puppy’s most critical periods of life
Puppyhood can have lasting impacts on your dog’s development and behavior, but it goes by so quickly!
Preparing your Puppy (and You!) for Life
Why train your puppy with Waggin’ Tails Ranch?
Your puppy’s “socialization window” closes shortly after 16 weeks, meaning any skills you haven’t worked on will be much harder to obtain. We’ll help you check all of your pup’s socialization boxes.
Skills for you
Puppies are difficult! We’ll help you fight the overwhelm with proven tools, tips, and resources for managing your wriggly, mischievous bundle of joy.
Fun for your puppy
All of that energy has to go somewhere. Our programs allow your pup to get their “ya-yas” out, leading to a cool and calm puppy at home.
Effective, gentle training
Our Classes & Programs
Puppy Life Skills Class
Critical to the development of your puppy’s personality and social skills, the first 16 weeks of your puppy’s life can be pivotal.
During our 5-week course, we’ll focus on developing a confident, well-mannered puppy with vital social skills all while ensuring you’re able to deal with the frustrations that come along with puppyhood.
What we’ll work on:
Sits, downs, greetings, come when called, and more, both you and your puppy will learn skills for everything you plan on doing together.
Raising a confident, calm, and social dog takes patience, understanding, and a little finesse. We’ll help you make all of the right moves when it comes to socialization.
Fear, aggression, and reactivity are common issues that can be prevented! We’ll teach you how to proactively prevent common issues from ever coming up.
Puppy Management 101:
Between the biting, chewing, potty training, and energy, puppies are a lot! We’ll help you learn strategies for dealing with your cute and crazy ball of energy.
Age Range: 8 weeks to 16 weeks at start of class
Next class start dates:
Mondays (5:30PM) Apr 10, May 22, July 10, Aug 21
Wednesdays (6:30PM) April 5, May 17, June 28, Aug 9
Must be administered at least a week prior to your first puppy class
Distemper & Parvo (at least first round of puppy series)
At least one deworming
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.”
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, you’ll still have access to the homework videos and handouts for the class you missed so you can practice at home.
Can I bring my kids to class?
NOTE: During COVID restrictions, we are limiting families to 2 individuals per dog. Children must be able to remain seated during class time. 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.