Enroll your puppy age 9-20 weeks for puppy socialization & early learning in West Seattle!
Big Kids Kindergarten – Newbies/Shy Pups: Every Wednesday, 6:30pm and Saturday, 9am. Pups 15+pounds.
Big Kids Kindergarten – Tweens/Regular kids/Bold Pups: Every Thursday, 6:45pm and Sunday, 8:30am. Pups 15+pounds.
Tiny Kids Kindergarten – All Pups: Every Wednesday, 5:15pm and Saturday, 10:15am. Pups 15 pounds or less.
- Each session is structured with play time, potty training, impulse control and at least one segment of behavioral/skills training.
- Recommended to attend twice or more weekly. Some big kids will do well in both the Newbie and the Tweens class.
- Punch card system; if you miss a day or can only make it once a week, no problem
- $22/per session. Discounted passes are available at $105/5 sessions or $200/10 sessions.
- Only first session needs to be firmly booked. Once your pup is integrated, you can join until your puppy outgrows Kindergarten
- Life long benefits: puppy socialization, building of bite inhibition and confidence, establishing willingness to learn, impulse control and so much more
- Parents attending. This is your platform to meet other puppy parents in our community, and to get answers to all the puppy related questions you may have.
- 2 certified dog trainers supervise play and learning closely. A must for every puppy at the most crucial stage in life!
- Small class; maximum amount of pups per session is 12.
- Separate groups according to appropriate size, weight and temperament of your puppy. Trainer approval required!
If you would like to know more about the recommendations of experts, please read this: Socialization with other puppies of the same age group is recommended by veterinarians, animal behaviorists and trainers. Purdue University’s Animal Behavior Clinic issued the following letter:
‘This letter’s purpose is to define Purdue University’s recommendations for Puppy Class protocols.
The main objectives of puppy classes are exposure and desensitization to potentially frightening stimuli, socialization, and the teaching of appropriate dog-owner interaction. Although simple commands are trained as well, obedience training is not a main objective of puppy kindergarten.Puppies go through well-defined developmental stages. Puppy classes are designed to utilize the sociability of young puppies. However, the socialization period of dogs ends at around 12-14 weeks of age. Up to that age, puppies can readily learn not to fear new things, and to develop appropriate social behavior. If this opportunity to shape puppy behavior is missed, the puppies are likely to show behavior disturbances later in life. Therefore, in order to maximize the benefits of puppy classes, puppies should be enrolled at 7-10 weeks of age if possible, the sooner the better.
Trainers and veterinarians have had concerns about placing puppies at risk in an environment where they may pick up an infectious disease. As with anything, one must always weigh the risks and benefits. Puppy cuteness only lasts so long and many more puppies currently lose their homes due to behavior reasons than die of viral diseases.”