- This class is designed for puppies ages 8 – 15 weeks of age
- Puppies can attend up to six classes and earn their AKC STAR Puppy Diploma
- Puppies must finish class by 20 weeks of age
Everything You Need To Know
The socialization period in puppies is between 3-16 weeks of age. Within this time frame, a dog will most likely learn more than in the remaining course of its lifetime. Between 6-12 weeks our puppies are learning to adapt to the human domestic environment. Any negative experiences during this time can be long lasting. In turn, lack of exposure to novel experiences can be just as detrimental. It is vital that we socialize puppies properly during this sensitive period of time to prevent behavior problems related to fear and anxiety. Consider Puppy Class to socialize your new puppy in a controlled and safe environment. We will work on exposure to novelty with lots of fun obstacles and exercises. Please note that while your pup will likely interact with other dogs in class, this is not an off-leash play group.
Each class will include new topics in basic obedience and manners. Puppies and owners will be instructed on how to introduce new behaviors using reward based training. Problem prevention topics such as puppy play biting, house breaking, and crate training can be discussed. Please note this is not a formal obedience class.
We hope that your puppy will never have to visit the vet hospital for more than their annual examinations. But even then we may have to perform routine procedures such as vaccinations or blood collection. When your puppy comes to Puppy Class, they will soon associate the hospital setting with positive experiences and we hope they will begin to enjoy their regular trips to the vet. During class, we will also work to desensitize pups to routine handling procedures such as nail trimming, brushing, ear cleaning and more.
- Distemper/Parvo vaccination (at least one vaccine on board or pup is as current as possible)
- Bordetella vaccination is strongly recommended
- A negative stool sample or prophylactic deworming as recommended by your veterinarian
- A recent exam by a veterinarian where your puppy was deemed healthy
Puppy class meets at Pine Woods Animal Hospital in North Tonawanda in the Wellness Building on weekday evenings. You will have different class times to choose from when registering. You do not need to choose the same class time each week. Class is open enrollment so you may register as soon as your puppy meets the above requirements. There are no set blocks of sessions. If you do not see a day or time available, either classes are full on that day or there are no classes occurring on that day.
$20 per 1 hour class
Our Puppy Pre-K classes fill up quickly, and many of our group classes sell out. For this reason, we request that you cancel at least 72 hours or three days before your scheduled class. This will allow us to offer your spot to another prospective pup. In the event that an emergency arises, please contact as soon as possible and arrangements can be made. However, if you knowingly have a timing conflict, please be considerate and reschedule.
Please note that you will be billed for any class rescheduled or canceled within 72 hours of your scheduled appointment. However, if you give us at least 72 hours notice of your need to cancel, we will credit any payments made toward another Puppy Pre-K class. If you have not made a payment and you give at least 72 hours notice, you will not be billed for the missed class.