New Jersey Puppy Kindergarten Training Classes

Puppy kindergarten classes teach basic obedience and have a strong emphasis on socialization to help you and your new puppy get started on the right track!

Early socialization is extremely important, so exposing your puppy to as many new people, dogs and animals, sights, sounds and places during their developmental stage (8-18 weeks of age) is critical. Early socialization will make your puppy less likely to develop fear and/or aggression issues as it gets older, and instead, help pave the way for him or her to properly develop into a well-adjusted, confident, and happier adult dog.

Group of Puppies

“Studies show 40% of relinquished dogs have at least one problem behavior. Two of the top three behaviors included aggression and destructiveness, both of which can be associated with or motivated by fear and anxiety that result from improper socialization.” -Dr. Brenda Griffin, DVM

Our puppy kindergarten classes are for puppies ages 8-18 weeks and take place once a week, for 1 hour, over the course of 6 weeks.

If your puppy is older than 18 weeks, check out our basic obedience training classes instead – click here. If you prefer private, in-home training, check out our in-home dog training options, here.

Puppy Socialization, Basic Obedience, Problem Prevention,
House Training and More

Over the course of 6 weeks, puppy kindergarten will cover:
• Strong Emphasis on Puppy Socialization (with people & other dogs)
• Foundation Skills (sit, down, attention, wait, & come when called)
Leash Walking
• Household Manners/Problem Prevention (mouthing/nipping/biting, chewing, jumping, etc.)
• Handling and Confidence Building
• House Training 101

Current Class Schedule: inquire within

At the end of week 6, puppy kindergarten graduates will receive a certificate of completion. Owners will also receive an information packet containing tip sheets and dog training articles relevant to all of the topics covered in class.

Requirements:

Puppies must be between 8-18 weeks of age and vaccinations must be up-to-date. We require at least the first set of DHLPP or DHPP (specifically, Distemper and Parvo) shots be given at least ten days prior to the first session of class. You must provide proof that your puppy is up-to-date with these vaccinations prior to the initial class. Kennel cough vaccine is suggested, but not required in order to participate.

There is always a small risk of disease, so we ask that you avoid the dog park, beaches, etc. while enrolled in class to prevent future illness. Your puppy should be up-to-date on its vaccines, be in good health, and free of external and internal parasites (e.g. dewormed, no fleas, etc.) for at least 30 days prior to the initial class.

Classes fill up quickly, call 848-208-2641 or email matt@jerseyshoredogtraining.com to enroll your pup today!

PLEASE NOTE: Class fees are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Full payment is required at the time of registration to reserve your space. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards. We do not offer make-up classes, and class schedules may be postponed or changed at the trainer’s discretion. No refunds will be issued after payment has been made. You will receive a confirmation email with your class schedule and other important information once your payment has been processed.

We reserve the right to deny a puppy entry into a class if they present behavior issues that may be dangerous, disruptive, or harmful to other dogs or humans in a group class setting.

Worried about the potential risks of puppy kindergarten training classes? The below information can help you make an informed decision:
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s Position Statement on Puppy Socialization
Roundtable Discussion on Early Puppy Socialization Classes: Risks vs. Benefits
Socialization and Parvovirus Risk – by Sheila Segurson, DVM