Traditional obedience classes for dogs start around 5-6 month of age. Our Puppy Preschool Program welcomes dogs from 8 weeks of age, up to 16 weeks of age. During this time, we are taking advantage of what is called the "No-fear" or "prime socialization window". We can expose puppies to so many different things during this developmental stage, with the end goal being that they accept all different situations, noises, objects, scenarios, etc, as just another day in the life of a dog!
Each class begins with puppy play time (one of the most important aspects of this class) because the puppies have a chance to learn from one another. What is OK? What is not OK? "Is this an appropriate way to invite play?" Or "You bit too hard!" Puppies can teach other puppies things we as humans just simply cannot.
Our program emphasizes encouraging positive behavior and will teach owners the proper way to reward, ignore or re-direct the behaviors. A training book by nationally known trainer Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. called The Puppy Primer, other reading material, homework assignments and graduation certificate are included.
Class size is limited to 8-10 puppies, this assures that everyone will receive the individual attention they and their pets deserve. The class is held on five consecutive Wednesdays at the Westgate Pet Clinic, from 7 to 8 o'clock p.m. Children ages 4 and older are encouraged to attend. Our clinic is excited to meet you and your new puppy, and be a part of the experience that is puppy-raising!