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Puppy Kindergarten

This class is loads of fun and packed with a great deal of information.

You are guaranteed to finish this class with a whole different level of understanding and an increase in confidence in knowing how to raise your dog properly and avoid any future problems.

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.

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

Class instructions
The class is for puppies 8 weeks old to 5 months.

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.

Don’t feed your puppy right before class. Instead, bring their kibble (or other training treats) to class for use as lures and rewards while training.  Your treats should be small, soft, and smelly. Easy for your dog to eat and not require long periods of chewing. No hard cookies or biscuits.

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 18th, 2020 at 9am.

$150 for 6 classes

How to register:

You may pay with the Paypal link below (no Paypal account needed) or on the day of the first class, but the class has filled up quickly in the past (limited to 12 puppies) and it is “first come, first served”.

If paying through Paypal please send email to to get necessary paperwork (otherwise you will need to fill it out on the first day).

Or, arrive 30 to 15 minutes before class if signing up on the first day to fill out necessary paperwork and make payment. Cash or check only at the site.

Each puppy must be up to date on vaccinations and proof must be provided or a full refund will be issued if you have made a prior payment.

There are no makeup classes.  For additional information or questions please send message on Contact form at bottom of this page, or call 518-944-0678, or email

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



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 currently being offered.