Puppy Socialization & Training

puppyEarly socialization and training is essential for puppies’ development into healthy, well-adjusted adult dogs. That’s why Ryker developed our Puppy Socialization and Training program with the input of veterinarians, leading behaviorists, professional dog breeders and experienced canine trainers. Our group classes are held in a safe, controlled environment that makes learning obedience and social skills easy and fun for your puppy.

We disinfect our facility with a veterinary grade parvocide the evening before our puppy classes, so the Preschoolers are the first ones on the floor for the day. We do recommend that you carry your Preschooler into our facility and set them down once you reach the training floor.

For more information on our puppy classes, please watch the video below.

  • Puppy Preschool (2-4 months old)

    In this class, puppies learn to socialize off-leash with other puppies and safe, adult dogs. This is critical to preventing fear-based aggression issues, inappropriate greetings (which may result in aggressive responses from other dogs) and other social problems in adulthood. Puppies also learn the basic commands of “Place”, “Sit”, “Down”, “Come”, “Stay”, and an introduction to the leash skills necessary to learn how to walk nicely with you on leash. In addition, the class covers house training, bite inhibition, grooming, healthy diet and other fundamentals of puppy parenting.

    You have 8 weeks from the purchase of your Puppy Preschool training package to complete your 6 classes. If you do not complete your 6 classes within the 8 weeks, your training package will expire and you will forfeit your remaining lessons and balance.

    This class is for puppies who DO NOT have their Parvo shot series completed.

    • Class Length: Weekly for six weeks (flexible attendance)
    • Prerequisites: Puppies must have current veterinarian-recommended vaccinations
    • Bring: Leash (no retractable leads!), collar/harness, small treats and blanket/rug/dog bed
    • Cost: $150
    • Dates: Sundays at 11am
    • Enroll Now!

    Puppy Preschool enrollees may roll over any unused sessions to the next class level – Puppy Kindergarten

    Do you need help with housetraining?  We have you covered!  Visit the Day Training page for pricing details!

  • Puppy Kindergarten (4-6 months old)

    In this class, puppies learn to socialize on and off-leash with other puppies, people and safe, adult dogs. This is critical to preventing fear-based aggression issues, inappropriate greetings (which may result in aggressive responses from other dogs) and other social problems in adulthood. Puppies also learn the basic commands of “Place”, “Sit”, “Down”, “Come”, “Stay”, and how to walk comfortably and confidently on a loose leash. In addition, this class provides solutions to problem behaviors that are common during this developmental stage, such as jumping, biting, stealing food and other objects and housetraining mishaps.

    You have 8 weeks from the purchase of your Puppy Kindergarten training package to complete your 6 classes. If you do not complete your 6 classes within the 8 weeks, your training package will expire and you will forfeit your remaining lessons and balance.

    If your puppy turns 6 months old before they finish their 6 puppy classes, they will be aged out of class and their balance will roll over into Day Care, Day Training, or one of our private lesson packages.

    • Class Length: Weekly for six weeks (flexible attendance)
    • Prerequisites: Puppies must have current veterinarian-recommended vaccinations & have completed their Parvo vaccines
    • Bring: Leash (no retractable leads!), collar/harness, small treats and blanket/rug/dog bed
    • Cost: $150
    • When: Sundays at 12pm
    • Enroll Now!

    If your puppy is already 6 months old or older, they are too old for puppy classes. Don’t worry though, we have our Every Day Manners or Day Training programs to help!

    Do you need help with housetraining?  We have you covered!  Visit the Day Training page for pricing details!

  • Puppy Day Training Combo Program

    ** MUST Attend a Puppy Class **

    Dogs enrolled in our Puppy Preschool & Puppy Kindergarten classes have the option to upgrade to our Puppy Day Training Combo program – so everything you are learning in class will be practiced with our trainers as well!

    Puppies attending our puppy classes that meet once a week for 6 weeks attend Day Training twice a week for 6 weeks – a total of 12 Day Training days.

    12 – Day Package: $660 ($55/day) Click here to Register »

    🛈 If your puppy does not have their full set of Parvo shots, there is a disinfecting fee of $25/day

    ** MUST Attend a Puppy Class **

    For puppies not attending Puppy Class, please see Puppy Day Training (NO puppy class attendance)

  • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Bonus

    Ryker’s puppy classes are taught by an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program Evaluator. When your puppy completes six weeks of puppy classes before turning one year old, he or she will be eligible to enroll in AKC’s S.T.A.R. Puppy program! S.T.A.R. stands for “Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsibility,” and provides an incentive for owners to start training their dogs while they are young to make sure they learn lifelong good behaviors. To have your puppy qualify for the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, just let your instructor know you are interested.