Puppy Preschool Class

Puppy Preschool is a 6-week class for puppies.  The orientation is a 2-hour people only presentation. Each class is 1-1/2 hours from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Puppies can be from 8 – 18 weeks old on the first day of class. The class is held in a safe, indoor location with a separate potty yard for puppies only. The floor will be sanitized for your puppy’s safety. Booster shots for Parvo and distemper should be started, but generally will be in progress for most puppies in this class.

The critical socialization age for puppies is quite young from approximately 8 – 12 weeks old. The socialization window is in effect until approximately 18 weeks – but the younger the better! The puppy class will include socialization opportunities with other puppies and people.

We will use “Clicker Training” which is a very gentle approach to shaping your dog’s behavior through positive reinforcement. Using this positive and fun technique, you will learn how to begin teaching your dog basic foundation behaviors (such as sit, down, leave-it and come).

We’ll also address housetraining, handling techniques, puppy mouthing, and learn proactive problem solving techniques for chewing, jumping up, digging, etc. This is also the only time period where you can safely teach bite inhibition.

Class Cost:$145 through 12/31/17 classes. As of 1/1/18 $160 for 6 classes. Receive a $10 discount for dogs adopted from a legitimate rescue organization including: Woods Humane Society, SLO Animal Services, Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation, Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, Fund for Animals, Central Coast SPCA or any other legitimate animal rescue organization.
Class Location:All classes are held at Gentle Touch Pet Training's training center located at 1886 Deer Canyon Road, Arroyo Grande, CA.
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Vaccines:Puppies must be in progress of having puppy booster shots (Parvo and Distemper).
Registration:*The first class is a 2-hour orientation for PEOPLE ONLY and attendance or viewing the online video is critical.  

You can join this class up to week four if the class is not full. Contact our office to find out if there is room for you to join the class. You can watch the orientation video online by clicking Puppy Preschool Class Orientation Video. You can then makeup the class you missed during the next 6-week session.

Click on your preferred class date below to register. Full payment is necessary to reserve class space. 
Class Dates:

Tuesdays
Oct 31 - Dec 5
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Instr: Teah/Ivy

Mondays
Nov 20 - Dec 18
$120 - 5 Weeks
(Holiday Schedule)
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Instr: Teah

Tuesdays
Jan 2 - Feb 6
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Instr: Teah/Ivy

Mondays
Jan 8 - Feb 12
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Instr: Teah

Mondays
Feb 19 - Mar 26
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Instr: Teah

Tuesdays
Mar 6 - Apr 10
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Instr: Teah/Ivy