Puppy Kindergarten

All puppy classes are held on Whidbey Island in Langley.

Get your puppy started on the right track.

It’s never too early to start training and we’re here to help guide you every step of the way!

The first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life are critical for socialization and new positive experiences. What your puppy learns during this stage will likely shape behavior for the rest of his or her life so it is important to start on the path to success. Proper early socialization is key for having a confident, friendly, well-adjusted companion.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) says that early socialization is essential to a happy and well-adjusted puppy.

Puppy Kindergarten consists of four socialization classes plus five online videos (including Orientation) which will help with the development of cognitive, motor, and social skills all while strengthening your puppy’s bond with you!

There will be plenty of off-leash play, exploration, and socialization with other puppies and we will also spend time covering important topics such as crate training, jumping, barking, chewing and nipping.


  • Puppies STARTING this program should be between 7 and 12 weeks of age.
  • Older puppies should start in Puppy 1
  • Puppies are able to start class 10 days AFTER receiving their first round of vaccinations.
  • Your puppy should have a recent exam by a veterinarian, be current on vaccinations (DHPP/DHLPP) and be disease/parasite free.
  • Commence and conclude your program such that your puppy graduates no later than 16 weeks of age. Starting and ending earlier is always better!

Who Should Attend: The entire family is encouraged to attend class. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 8 must have two adults present (one puppy parent and one child parent).

  • What to Bring to Class:
  • A hungry and healthy puppy
  • A variety of small, soft treats that your puppy really likes (the treats need to be more appealing than all the other people and puppies in the room!)
  • Your puppies favorite toy(s)
  • Your clicker (and treat bags)
  • All puppies must be on a collar and leash (well-fitted flat-buckle collar or harness and 4-6 foot leash)
  • No collars that tighten on the neck, no flexi-leashes, no averse methods

Start Date: This program is modular and non-linear, meaning students can join at any time.

Number of Classes: 4 classes (45 – 60 minutes). You can take the modules in any order or sequence you wish as long as your puppy is within the age range requirements.

Modular Classes Include: Health & Handling, Wheels & Children’s Toys, Obstacles & Sounds, Costumes & Apperances

Class Capacity: 4- 6 puppies

Course includes: Four non-linear (45-60 minute) puppy socialization classes; five online videos (including Orientation); Puppy Start Right textbook (valued at $25); Puppy Start Right Overview; access to certified trainer throughout the program for Q & A; clicker; homework and handouts; and a Puppy Start Right Preschool Certificate of Completion.

Limitations of Puppy Kindergarten: Puppy Kindergarten is designed to facilitate socialization, address normal puppy behaviors, and prevent the development of behavior problems. Puppy Kindergarten is not designed to treat serious behavior problems (such as aggression, anxiety, or extreme fear)

WHERE: 721 Camano Ave, Langley, WA, 98260

Register Here

Puppy 1 is a 6 week course for puppies between 12 and 18 weeks of age. Unlike adult classes, the Puppy Foundation class curriculum is huge and comprises bite inhibition (soft mouth), socialization to people (especially children, men, and strangers) and other dogs, temperament training, behavior problem counseling, and basic manners. Puppy Foundation priorities are teaching bite inhibition (so your puppy develops a soft mouth), socializing your puppy and teaching basic manners, with all training interludes embedded in off-leash play. Unlike adult dogs, puppies may be flooded with social stimuli, providing an opportunity to socialize quickly to pups, and people. And at the same time desensitize them to all potentially frightening stimuli. Puppies of this age may safely be allowed to play together off-leash and Puppy Foundation capitalizes on this narrow time window of opportunity by teaching classes entirely off-leash, with the only exception of short exercises of leash work.

Register Here PLEASE NOTE: this is a general registration form so be sure to scroll down and click on the class you want.

Other helpful links:

Growing puppies diet must be higher in protein and fat

Published by Jan Shannon

Certified Dog Trainer

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