Puppy Socialization & Training

puppyEarly socialization and training is essential for puppies’ development into healthy, well-adjusted adult dogs. That’s why Instinct 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.

  • 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 basic commands such as “sit,” “down,” “come” and “stay.” 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.

    • 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: Check register page for latest dates and times
    • 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 basic commands such as “sit,” “down,” “come” and “stay,” as well 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
    • Bring: Leash (no retractable leads!), collar/harness, small treats and blanket/rug/dog bed
    • Cost: $150
    • When: Check Register page for latest dates and times
    • 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!

  • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Bonus

    Instinct’s puppy classes are taught by an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program Evaluator. So, when your dog 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.