Puppy Kindergarten Class-In person classes
Holiday Hours: No class Saturday, January 1
Monday: 5:00 pm (all sizes)
Monday: 6:15 pm (all sizes)
Monday: 7:30 pm (all sizes)
Tuesday: 5:15 pm (all sizes)
Tuesday: 6:30 pm (all sizes)
Wednesday: 6:00 pm (all sizes)
Thursday: 5:15 pm (all sizes)
Thursday: 6:30 pm (all sizes)
Saturday: 9:30 am (all sizes)
Sunday: 9:00 am (small breed for puppies under 20 lbs as adults)
Sunday: 10:15 am (all sizes)
Puppy Day Camp
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Puppy Middle School –
Saturday: 10:45 am – 12:00 pm Next session: January 22 Full
Wednesday: 7:15 – 8:30 pm Next session: February 9
Size: Your puppy must be under 30 lbs by the end of the session to attend puppy kindergarten.
Give your puppy the knowledge needed to grow into a smart, confident, and loving family member by starting with the core foundation of training in puppy kindergarten classes! This class includes beginning training and socialization for puppies as young as 9 weeks of age.
During puppy kindergarten classes, we provide a safe environment for puppies to work on training and build confidence.
Socialization: The most important time for puppy socialization is the first 3 months of life. Our open enrollment classes provide a safe and supervised environment for your puppy to meet other puppies, new people, and experiences each week. Through play, they learn to be gentle with their mouths and learn the social skills needed to interact with other dogs in a healthy way. Early socialization and positive training methods help prevent puppy behavior problems like fear, withdrawal, or avoidance. And, help to build a bond with you in a safe environment with minimized risk to illness.
Obedience Training: We introduce basic obedience skills to assist your puppy in developing into the well-mannered adult dog you’ve always wanted. And, help you to gain new knowledge on how to continue this training after puppy kindergarten and in the home. With puppy obedience training, your puppy will learn basic skills like leash walking. Plus, work on commands like “sit, stay, come, and leave it, wait, touch.
Handling: Make your puppy’s visits to the vet and groomer more pleasant for both you and your furry friend. During puppy kindergarten open enrollment classes, you’ll practice handling exercises for nail trimming, grooming, and medical exams. This way, both you and your puppy have more confidence in taking on social experiences.
For your new puppy:
Private In-Home Sessions : Potty training/pen training, puppy nipping, chewing, jumping are all common issues news parents experience. Preparing you and your family members makes the transition much easier. Get started with basic manners and understanding developmental stages with your new puppy. This session is a great start coupled with our puppy kindergarten classes.
In-person classes: Masks are required
Trainers: Susan Oshie, Erika Abrahamson
Once a week: Six one-hour sessions – $220.50
Size: Your puppy must be under 30 lbs to attend puppy day camp.
While puppy kindergarten classes allow you and your puppy to train together, puppy day camp allows for training with our certified dog trainers one-on-one. We recommend that those enrolled in our puppy kindergarten classes combine their training with the puppy day camp. This way, puppies get a good amount of time socializing with other dogs their own age to encourage positive behaviors and receive professional obedience training. And, owners can still learn about training skills during the puppy kindergarten classes to take this education home.
There are 2 – 3 trainers on staff depending on the number of puppies scheduled for the day. (Two for 6, three for 8 puppies).
Benefits of enrolling your puppy into puppy day camp with Paws 4 Training include:
Socialization: Our day camp for puppies allows for further socialization with puppies around your dog’s same age. Of course, these interactions are guided and overseen by our certified dog trainers to ensure safety and positive play. Plus, puppies each get their own designated nap break to allow for a time out from socialization and to wind down.
Obedience Training: During day camp, puppies will work with our trainers to gain basic obedience skills like sit, down, come, walking on a leash, going to a set place, leave it, stay and wait. This is an individualized program. You choose the 3 behaviors you would like us to work on.
Scheduling: Puppy day camp is a great option for puppy owners who can’t work on training throughout the day due to work or other obligations. We understand that puppies are a lot of work and responsibility. But, they grow up so fast! So, puppy day camp gives them the opportunity to have fun throughout the day, give you a break from training, and incorporate helpful training every week.
Reporting: Each week, we provide progress reports on your puppy’s achievements or concerns. This way, you can get a full scope of your puppy’s progress. We also provide written handouts and YouTube training videos for your reference and viewing at home.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 – 11:30 am (Four consecutive days)
Friday: Single day
Size: Your puppy must be under 30 lbs to attend puppy socials.
Want to give your puppy more socialization with other puppies their own age to encourage healthy and positive interactions? Our one-hour puppy social play events are a great option for supervised playtime guided by our certified dog trainers at Paws 4 Training.
Weekly: Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Puppy Middle School (ages 20 weeks – 16 months) 5 sessions – same day/time each week (one hour and 15 minutes). Masks are required.
These classes aim to help adolescent dogs and their owners. Typically, dogs enrolled in this course have already received beginner obedience training. The transition from puppyhood to adult can be challenging for dog owners. Basic manners and off-leash reliability can disappear overnight. Destructive chewing, barking, house soiling, and temperament issues like fear and aggression can develop. These can be prevented when training continues after puppy class. Knowing what to expect and learning how to train your dog at home and out in the real world is the key to a smoother transition.
Before enrolling in puppy kindergarten, daycare, social play, or middle school, please review the terms and conditions below regarding enrollment, what to bring, and health and safety!
Open Enrollment: Our open enrollment allows you to choose the first available day and time on the online registration form for whichever training class you wish to register for.
No Dog Park/Health Policy: To ensure a risk-free and safe environment puppies in our Puppy Kindergarten classes and Puppy Camp should not go to high-risk areas where they may contact germs or parasites that can be spread to the other puppies. This means dog parks or dog daycare (even if your puppy has completed all their vaccines). To learn more, please read the statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior regarding puppy classes and vaccines: AVSAB Position Statement On Puppy Socialization.
Vaccines: Puppies are able to start kindergarten, daycare, and social play at 9 weeks of age, after the first round of vaccines (must be administered at least 7 days before the start of classes). Please bring your vaccine records with you on your first day of training or social play.
Required vaccines: Distemper/Parvo Combo, Bordetella recommended.
Age: Puppies enrolled in either/both puppy kindergarten and puppy daycare training classes must complete these training classes before they reach 20 weeks of age.
Size: Your puppy must be under 30 lbs to attend puppy kindergarten, socials, and day camp.
Children: Children over 6 years old are allowed in class. For their safety, they must remain seated at specified times stated by the trainers. An adult must accompany children under 18 years of age. (Due to Covid-19 restrictions only one person can attend class with their puppy).
What to Bring: Please bring a NON-retractable leash, vaccine records, and training treats to class.
Puppy Kindergarten Classes:
Full refunds are available if you cancel 48 hours or more prior to your 1st class. You are not considered having dropped out of a class until and unless you contact Paws 4 Training directly informing us that is your intent.
You must contact us regarding switching classes 24 hours in advance or arrange at the time of registration. If you don’t cancel and request another session you forfeit your class.
Full refunds are available if you cancel 48 hours or more prior to your 1st class. No refunds issued after the first class.
Full Refunds for cancellation 24 hours before the scheduled session. (Monday sessions – Friday night by midnight). No refunds for the morning of cancellations. Cancellations morning of -50% refunds.
Puppies enrolled in Puppy Camp must be picked up by 11:3o – 11:40 am. If you are late, there will be a $15 charge billed in fifteen-minute increments.