10909 Indian Head HighwayFort Washington, MD 20744(301) 292-1150(301) 292-1056

Introduction to Puppy Training Class

1 Class - 2 hours
 

Class Goals 

The class is designed to teach the owner about the joys and responsibilities of  becoming a new puppy owner.  During the class we will cover important general health and behavioral information about your new puppy.  The goal of the class is to give you information needed to raise a new puppy so that he/she can become the loving pet you expect him/her to be.  We will help you and your puppy prepare for training.  Training is an important part of raising your puppy.   You will receive some very basic training principles to help you get started on a road to a loving relationship with your new dog.puppies small copy

What the class will cover

  • Basics of Potty Training/Crate Training.
  • Feeding your dog: types of food/how often/changing food/tummy problems.
  • Grooming your dog/trimming nails/brushing & coat care/teeth care/bathing.
  • General Health check/what to look for/normal puppy day to day changes.
  • Dangers to puppies in dog parks/environments/feces/other dogs.
  • Preparing for travel.
  • Basics of training/using body language/food/leash and collar/praise/motivation.
  • How dogs learn/dealing with puppy behavior.
  • Dog personality evaluation: every dog is different and has a distinct personality just like every person.  Have your dog evaluated for possible traits that are wanted or unwanted.
  • At an early stage puppies are being shaped by people and some behaviors can be helped before they develop or progress
  • How to interact with your puppy/chewing/biting/rough play.
  • Socialization.

What to know and bring

  • There will only be eight dog/owner teams allowed per class.  Puppies must be between 8 and 16 weeks.
  • There must be one adult per puppy (2 puppies = 2 adults).
  • Classes fill up quick, sign up today.  A Pre-Paid Reservation is required.
  • Once you schedule a class you will not be able to cancel or reschedule.  Fees are non-refundable.
  • Classes are  on scheduled Wednesdays from  7:00 PM to 9:00PM at the hospital.
  • Frequent breaks will be allowed to let puppies go potty and to ask the trainer questions throughout the two hours. 
  • Please bring a crate for your dog. A lot of information will be shared that does not require your puppy’s active participation.  There will be some crates provided if you do not have one. 

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