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Puppy 1 - Preschool
- 9 weeks to 5 months old
Come with your puppy as early as nine weeks of age.
Socialize your puppy with people, dogs, and new environments to avoid fear
reactions when they are older. Increase your puppy's self-confidence and
trustworthiness while enhancing your relationship and bond. Build the foundation
training for activities such as obedience competition, agility, search & rescue,
service, or guide dog.
Puppy Preschool Class Requirements:
5-way vaccinations any time after 8 weeks of age and at least 5 days prior to the first class. Rabies vaccination after 5 months of age. Dewormed or negative fecal sample – please contact your vet and have them Fax a copy of current vaccination records and worm status to our office before the start date of the class if possible. You can also scan and email records to us.
Puppy II Kindergarten
- Only for Puppy 1- preschool graduates:
follows Puppy Preschool for pups not old enough or ready for the Foundation
Class or Junior High. Puppy Kindergarten description and
requirements are the same as Puppy Preschool except for the age requirements.
Puppy School Package - Includes Puppy
I & Puppy II for a reduced price
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AKC's S.T.A.R. PuppySM Program
S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility. The
AKC (American Kennel Club) developed this program to encourage owners to train
their dogs at an early age and to help them overall getting off to a good start
with their puppies. This program is open to purebred and mixed breeds up to 1
year of age. You can now add on an enrollment in the AKC STAR PuppySM Program when signing up for the PSP or Foundation Class.
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Foundation Class (for
dogs 6 months and older) is our "behavior class" for dogs with little experience
in obedience training, or to "proof" the training they
received at home in a different environment. This class trains loose
keeping a position despite distractions, calming exercises, polite
behavior, off/ leave it, and handling. Features address jumping up
on people, leadership,
the Come command, chewing up wrong objects, and more.
Grade School (For Puppy 2 and Foundation Class graduates) This class focuses on improving their learned skills despite distractions. We'll practice Stays, Recall and Loose Leash Walking in more distracting situations, gradually working our way up to the dogs walking in group patterns and listening to you despite other dogs moving about in their vicinity. We also work on increasing focus and attention span.
The "obedience class" for dogs around one year and older.
This class offers the basics for the new fun sport Rally Obedience.
obedience commands like Heel, Come, Stay, Leave It, and more. Features
address the reliable stay, meeting Moose or stray dogs on the walk,
household, and more. Everybody interested in continuing with Rally
College will need this
class for preparation. The last week features a fun rally, repeating the
exercises from this class.
CGC-Prep Class prepares your dog to become a "Canine Good Citizen".
The Canine Good Citizen Test is testing your dog in 10 everyday situations,
proofing the dog's obedience, non-aggressiveness and non-fearfulness.
It's an excellent way to show your community that you are a responsible
owner. During the summer, we'll offer open play for adult dogs in the
arena. If your dog passed the CGC-test within the last 3 years, we’ll give you a $5 discount on your punch card for Open Play Times! The class runs for 6 weeks. (Test not included,
offered regularly in Anchorage and the Valley for little cost. Open for
and mixed breeds!)
Practice real-life skills with your dog in this class, and then test your dog at the C.L.A.S.S. evaluation to earn a Bachelor’s degree. B.A. skills include wait at the door, come and leashing up manners, loose leash walking and attention, meet and greet (people), leave it, wait for the food bowl, stay, and settle. All exercises will be practiced in form of games and role plays. We’ll already include some exercises for the higher evaluation levels into this course You and your dog can earn your Bachelor’s (B.A.), Master’s (MA.), or Doctorate (Ph.D.) by registering and participating in a C.L.A.S.S. evaluation. The evaluation will be offered separately from the course. Successfully completing each level is like earning an academic degree in real-life skills with your dog. We recommend this class earliest after graduation from either Foundation or Puppy 2 Class, or any higher behavior class levels. 6 dogs max for this class.
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