Puppy Kindergarten - So much fun, so much to learn!
What is Puppy Kindergarten and why should my puppy attend? Kindergarten is another term for socialization or early learning classes. All animals go though critical learning periods in their life. For puppies this is the period up to 16 weeks of age. During this time learning is occurring at a rapid rate and behaviors become engrained.
Your puppy is in the most critical development period of it's life. The puppy's brain development is shaped by genetics and their environment. An enriched environment enhances your puppy's ability to learn important life skills and appropriate social interaction with other dogs and people. Puppy Kindergarten lays the foundation for successful learning that will give you and your puppy a lifetime of a positive relationship.
What your puppy can learn:
The name game - the most important tool is your dog's name.
Bite inhibition - the foundation for a social dog.
Lure Training - learning the fun way to come, sit, down, stand, relax and wait.
Socialization - How to socially and appropriately interact with other dogs.
Rewards - Reward appropriate behaviors and discourage unwanted behavior.
Puppy Kindergarten classes are ongoing at Halsey East Animal Clinic and any puppy can join between the ages of 8-16 weeks old. Puppies need to start the six week series class prior to turning 16 weeks of age. Vaccinations should be current appropriate for their age. Classes are on Tuesday nights at the clinic at 6:45 p.m. Ask a receptionist to sign up.