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Puppy Kindergarten

The earlier you start training, the easier it will be! Learn how to handle the most urgent puppy training issues, including safe socialization with people, puppy biting, house training, and chewing, all of which should be addressed during your puppy’s first three months of life.

For puppies 8-11 weeks old. $125 for 4 weekly 50-minute sessions.

Puppy Kindergarten Curriculum

[A] Household Training: House Training, Chewing, Barking, and Home Alone Problems (Separation Anxiety), Crate Training, Resource Guarding

[B] Puppy Biting and Handling: Catch, Cuddle, Exam and Restrain your Puppy, Veterinary and Groomer Handling Routines, Frustration Tolerance, Calming and Gentling

[C] Manners & Safety Training: Puppy Obedience Training, Manners, Impulse Control, Boundary Training, Settle Down, Training Games 

[D] Safe Socialization: Socialization to People, Introducing New Environments, Calm and Confident Attitude, How to Throw a Puppy Party

The classes are formatted so that you can start as soon as possible, with any module. 

Learn how to toilet train, chew toy train and safely socialize your pup with people; address puppy biting, whining and crying; prepare your puppy for handling by veterinarians and groomers and prevent household behavior problems such as house soiling, destructive chewing, and chewing.

Puppy Kindergarten is a SIRIUS innovation. It is a set of four classes designed to ensure that you receive urgent training at the earliest possible time. There are three elements of puppy training that must be addressed in a puppy’s first three months of life:

1) Puppies must be thoroughly, yet safely, socialized to people so that later in life, they do not become wary or fearful of children, strangers, or men.

2) Puppies must learn to be gentle with their mouths so they do not inflict serious injury on people or animals as their jaws grow substantially stronger.

3) Puppies must learn how to live in a human home so they do not damage your belongings or suffer from separation anxiety.

Though not as urgent as the above items, puppies will be introduced to basic manners and obedience commands as well.

Need to know:

The earlier you address these behavior and training issues, the easier it will be. If your puppy has not yet arrived, or is younger than 8 weeks, you are welcome to attend classes without your pup.

PK comprises a series of four workshops.  You may start with any session in the sequence.

The Complete Puppy Course: This class can be taken with Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 to form a comprehensive course consisting of fourteen sessions that will guide your pup through puppyhood and into the challenging world of adolescence. Save money by registering for these classes together. Learn More

Requirements: 

Age: 8-11 weeks old when starting Puppy Kindergarten

Vaccine: First DHLPP or DHPP vaccine (specifically Distemper and Parvo) at least 7 days before the first session. Please note: Our Oakland West location has an additional vaccine requirement for Bordetella. We strongly recommend this additional vaccine if your class is held in any canine facility, but is only required in Oakland West.

Length: 
This class is $125 for four consecutive sessions unless a break is mentioned. Each session is approximately 50 minutes per week. Each session will meet on the same day and time each week.

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Puppy Kindergarten Schedule

Berkeley: Saturdays at 9:00am
Berkeley: Thursdays at 6:00pm
Campbell: Wednesdays at 5:30pm
Corte Madera: Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Fremont: Wednesdays at 5:00pm
Oakland Montclair: Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Oakland Montclair: Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Palo Alto: Mondays at 6:00pm
Sacramento: Mondays at 6:00pm
San Jose West: Tuesdays at 6:30pm
San Jose: Saturdays at 9:00am
San Ramon: Saturdays at 9:15am
SF Marina: Thursdays at 5:00pm
Sunnyvale S Mary: Wednesdays at 6:00pm