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Puppy Kindergarten

This class is loads of fun and packed with a great deal of information. The first few months are a crucial period for dogs. This is the time to lay a strong foundation that will set you on the path towards having a happier, healthier, more manageable dog.

The primary focus of the class for puppies is socialization to unfamiliar humans and other dogs. For humans, it’s learning what to watch out for as you raise your dog into an emotionally healthy and manageable dog. It’s learning how to achieve calmness and focus at any time.

Your dog will begin the first steps of obedience training (such as sit, down, recall, stay, and watch me) but, more importantly, you’ll gain understanding of how to create an environment where you and your dog can coexist peacefully and without issues.

Topics covered in class:

Deal with whining and biting
Properly housetrain your puppy
Crate training – why it’s important and how to get started
Deal with destructive chewing
How to spot early warning signs of behavior problems
Avoid nuisance barking
Handle home alone problems (such as separation anxiety
Understand resource guarding
Socialize your dog safely (accepting strangers)
Teach your dog to accept gentle handling
Learn about appropriate toys
Understand the relationship between Dogs and children
Teach impulse control and calmness
Play pass the puppy
Learn how to properly train your dog any behavior
Preparing for class
Have your puppy wear a flat, buckle/snap collar – no harnesses or training collars that tighten. Please have your pup on a 6’or 4’ leash. “Flexi” leashes are not appropriate for class.

Class instructions
Don’t feed your puppy right before class. Instead, bring their kibble to class in a ziploc bag for use as lures and rewards while training. Also bring a few extra-tasty treats to reward your pup for their best performances. Your treats should be small, soft, and smelly. Easy for your dog to eat and not require long periods of chewing.

We require at least one adult per enrolled puppy. We encourage the whole family attend the class together but if children are three years or younger, a second adult must be present.

Class begins Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 9am.

$150 for 6 classes

Pre-registration required. How to register: Send message on Contact form at bottom of this page, call 518-944-0678, or email

All classes are held at Canine to Five in Clifton Park, NY

This class is currently not available. Check back for future class dates. 



Practice makes perfect. Follow the Leader is a follow-up handling class which can be taken after any of our private lessons training programs.

This class is designed to allow clients to hone their on-leash skills in a structured environment while also working through real world issues, such as handling your dog around other dogs, people, bikes, cars, squirrels, etc.

If you have participated in any private training with us you are eligible to join us every Saturday at 10:30am for our Follow the Leader handling class.

No appointment needed. The cost is $5 a class.

Please be sure to bring your dog 5 to 10 minutes early and on the training tool appropriate for your dogs training.

Only one dog per person.

These classes are not being offered during the winter but will resume in early Spring.