CURRENT PUPPY CLIENTS PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING CHANGES

* Puppy Class Has Been Moved Into the Back Room to Allow for Physical Distancing *
Please park on the side of the building (pull up to the grass) and enter through the large garage door.
Class Times Have Changed *
In consideration of the extra time it might take to explain exercises, get in and out of the building for breaks, and manage smaller puppy play groups, we have added 10 minutes to each puppy class (and 5 minutes to the buffer in between).  Please review the class times below. Puppy III Clients refer to Puppy Topics for your class times.
WEEKEND PUPPY CLASS IS NOW ON SATURDAY MORNING
* The Six Month Limit Has Been Temporarily Extended *
We will accept puppies up to nine months of age in Puppy Topics through the end of July.

PLEASE REVIEW CHANGES TO THE GENERAL SPACE GUIDELINES LINKED FROM OUR HOMEPAGE

Best Beginnings Puppy Class

  • Flexible & Convenient. Rolling enrollment means you can start right away and freedom to attend different session times each week
  • Age Appropriate. Two age divided levels keep your puppy learning with activities designed for their current developmental stage. Plus an all-ages Puppy Topics class that welcomes older puppies as well
  • Home Learning Support. Best Beginnings puppies are automatically enrolled in our remote puppy course, giving you access to video lessons and written materials related to each week's activities

PUPPY I

Socialize & Explore

GROUP CLASS 

For puppies 7-14 weeks
at the time of class

Building confidence with people, objects, and other puppies through positive interactions and play. Problem prevention, beginning manners, fun agility.

puppy I


class times

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm*
Thursdays at 6:45 pm
Saturdays at 9:00 am

+ Wednesdays at 8:00 pm
& Saturdays at 11:30 am
Puppy Topics

*Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
is Puppy I & II ages
combined

PUPPY II

Focus & Engage

GROUP CLASS 

For puppies 15-20 weeks
at the time of class

Paying attention to owner around other people and puppies. Developing strong reward rituals. Problem prevention, beginning manners, fun agility, play. 

puppy II


class times

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm*
Wednesdays at 6:45 pm
Thursdays at 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 10:15 am

+ Wednesdays at 8:00 pm
& Saturdays at 11:30 am

Puppy Topics

*Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
is Puppy I & II ages
combined

Puppy Topics

$30 per workshop

A different single workshop topic each week.
Each workshop is 1 hour.
For puppies younger than 6 months.

Take a deeper dive into some of the most
important puppy skills and concepts.

Best Beginning Puppies do not need to register or pay separately for these workshops.  Current Puppy I & Puppy II Clients can apply sessions from their Puppy 6-Pack or 10-Pack. Just show up!

Saturday, May 30, @ 11:30 am
Polite Greetings w/ People & Dogs
REGISTER: Polite Greetings w/ People & Dogs

Wednesday, June 3, @ 12:00 am
Dealing w/ Distractions
REGISTER: Dealing w/ Distractions

Saturday, June 6, @ 11:30 am
Come When Called
REGISTER: Come When Called

Wednesday, June 10, @ 8:00 pm
Tooth & Nail: Vet Prep & Grooming
REGISTER: Tooth & Nail: Vet Prep & Grooming

Puppy Class Packages

Puppy Six-Pack for $150.
Attend 6 age-appropriate puppy classes with your puppy

Puppy Ten-Pack for $200.
Attend 10 age-appropriate puppy classes with your puppy

Puppy Class FAQ

You will work with your veterinarian to determine the best vaccination schedule for your puppy. For your puppy to attend puppy class, we require that he has started the vaccines against distemper, adenovirus, and parvovirus. These are considered core and essential vaccinations for all puppies by the American Animal Hospital Association. Your puppy’s vaccine schedule must have been initiated at least 7 days before his first class, and must remain current. For the safety of all the puppies, your puppy should stay home if he is coughing, vomiting, has diarrhea, colored discharge from eyes, is listless, lethargic, or not eating. Check with your veterinarian or call us if you have any questions.

Our puppy areas and all puppy agility obstacles are cleaned and disinfected with Trifectant, a broad spectrum virucidal, bactericidal and fungicidal disinfectant. Puppy mats and cloth toys are laundered between classes. Our rubber flooring helps avoid slipping during play. Our frozen Kongs(TM) are filled with Organic & Grain-Free Party Animal brand canned food. You can also bring your own stuffed Kong(TM) or chew toy to class if you prefer. The classroom is well staffed with plenty of happy helpers.

Attend a class that matches your puppy’s age at the time of class to better meet your puppy’s developing needs. Younger puppies focus on exploring new things and meeting new people. The next age group of puppies works to develop focus on the owner and to temper their budding independence with handler attention. All classes include problem prevention topics, walking and recall training, handling, play, and more.

It is important to attend the class that is right for your puppy. The Best Beginnings Puppy Class Series is for puppies up to 21 weeks of age. Puppies 21 weeks or older, but less than six months of age, can attend Puppy Topics. Puppies six months and older should check out the classes listed under Family Dog.

As long as it is at least seven days since your puppy has had her first set of vaccinations, she should start class as soon as possible. Starting later than you need means missing an opportunity. When it comes to puppies, right now is the very best time to socialize, build correct habits, and identify potential problems. For more information please read Letter On Puppy Socialization by Dr. R.K. Anderson, DVM, Diplomat American College of of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Diplomat American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. While we take accepted precautions and work hard to keep your puppy safe, no exposure is completely risk free. Your puppy will be in contact with other puppies in class, and their exposure is unknown. We welcome your (or your veterinarian’s) call inquiring about our protocols.

Classes are rolling enrollment (start right away) and each week there are at least three times offered for each age-group. Choose from these the class that best meets your schedule from week to week.

Find the class that matches your puppy’s age (Puppy I, II or III), register, and come to the next age-appropriate session you are able to attend.

Still have questions? Call us at 614-859-5238 or email train@posidog.org