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DID YOU KNOW THE BEST TIME TO SOCIALIZE YOUR PUPPY

IS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 7-12 WEEKS?
Join us for a 4-week virtual and in-person puppy training and socialization course

designed specifically for young puppies.
 

Build the foundation needed to raise a confident and well-adjusted puppy!

You'll be confident too knowing your puppy feels safe and happy!

Give your puppy this unique experience and enroll now!

Puppy Start Right is $320 for 4 weeks and includes:

  • 2 lessons each week: 1 online group session conducted via Zoom followed by 1 weekly in-person group session conducted at Hyde Bark Play Park, conveniently located at 55th and Lake Park

  • A Kindle copy of Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog

  • Clicker and treat pouch

  • Access to Puppy Start Right videos for 8 weeks

  • Positive experiences and safe exposure to novel people, dogs, environments and objects

  • Foundations that allow your puppy to be more open to new experiences

  • Meeting other puppy parents

  • 1 30-minute Zoom follow-up to be scheduled within 30 days after Preschool ends

  • Optional: 60-minute private socialization field trip for $50 (more than 25% off hourly private training rate), to be taken during same 4-week period you are enrolled in classes

LESSONS BEGIN EACH WEDNESDAY. WITH OUR OPEN ENROLLMENT PLAN, 4 THEMES ROTATE EACH WEEK SO YOU MAY START ANY WEDNESDAY IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE! A VIRTUAL VIDEO ORIENTATION IS REQUIRED BEFORE ATTENDING YOUR FIRST SESSION. SEE FAQ BELOW.

USE THE BUTTON BELOW TO ENROLL. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR PUPPY WILL NOT BE OLDER THAN 12 WEEKS AT THE TIME OF ENROLLMENT AND THAT THEY HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE ROUND OF VACCINATIONS PRIOR TO FIRST SATURDAY IN-PERSON CLASS

We are pleased to offer sliding scale options to those in need and will have one slot available for this course every 8 weeks.

Please contact us directly to inquire.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Details, please!

After enrolling you will be required to submit proof of vaccination, wellness,  fecal, and parasite protection status. This can be a copy of a vet history record or a receipt for all of the above. You will not be allowed to attend an in-person Saturday class within 7 days of your puppy receiving a distemper/parvovirus vaccine.

Upon receipt, you will receive email instructions on how to access your training videos and are required to watch the Orientation video before attending your first Wednesday session. A link to download your Kindle Puppy Start Right book will also be included.

Classes consist of 2 weekly sessions. Your first session will be conducted via Zoom at 7 PM on Wednesday evening. The follow-up session is in person the following Saturday at 9:30 AM. We'll meet at Hyde Bark Play Park located at 5508 S. Lake Park in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Lessons are roughly 45 minutes each depending on class size. We find this is the sweet spot for maintaining your puppy's attention and preventing them from getting too full or too tired. Questions pertaining to that week's lessons are encouraged during the class time.

We love when the whole family gets on board and children are welcome to attend classes. However, for each child under the age of 12, an additional adult must be present.

How is this different from puppy kindergarten or manners classes?

While your puppy will be introduced to basic behaviors such as sit, come and loose leash walking, and while we'll troubleshoot things like housetraining and chewing, they will also be exposed to handling, sounds, obstacles, noises and more. All these experiences are provided in a safe environment and rely on positive reinforcement techniques. The more varied and positive experiences your puppy has, the more comfortable they feel navigating our human world. As an advantage, your puppy will be uniquely prepared to head into more traditional classes.

Experiences during early puppyhood set the stage for the rest of your puppy's life!

 

We also do not enroll puppies over 12 weeks old. Older puppies will most likely already be done with their early socialization period and we want to keep puppies in our class around the same level of social development.

 

You will also receive instruction on clicker training and positive reinforcement training methods. Lastly, we keep our class small so you get the feel of a private lesson without the private lesson price!

Is this safe? I was told I needed to keep my puppy inside and only take them out to the same spot for elimination and not to let them interact with other dogs until they were done with their shots.

Thankfully, we've come to realize that socialization is imperative if we want happy dogs and happy dog guardians. The vaccines we have available today provide greater protection than they once did.

 

A lack of socialization can be detrimental to your puppy's mental and behavioral health. The risks of keeping your puppy locked away far outweigh the risks of exposing them to novel experiences, people, and other vaccinated dogs. Dogs receiving proper socialization are less likely to be surrendered to shelters as adolescents and adults.

 

All puppies in your class must have a clean bill of health before enrolling, as well as had their last round of shots no earlier than 7 days prior to an in-person class. We'd never tell you to take your puppy to a dog park, however, we will provide you with common sense guidelines to use when you do take your puppy out and about.

What do I need to get started?

  • Copy of veterinary history or receipt indicating your puppy has a clean bill of health and at least one round of vaccinations 7 days prior to your first in-person class

  • A well-fitting harness and leash at least 6' long

  • A small, portable mat (think bath mat, rug or towel)

  • Lots and lots of tiny tasty treats of varying value; the smaller the better (kibble is good in a pinch; cut-up hot dogs are even better!)

  • See our gear and treat recommendations here

  • To make the most of your virtual classes and get live feedback, you should have access to a well-lit quiet space with room to move around and the ability to use a laptop or computer with a camera during class. Smartphone cameras are not advisable as it will be difficult to view your coach's visual instructions in real time.

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