What are the benefits of Puppy Head Start?
Puppy Head Start promotes the early learning of critical foundation skills for young puppies. This program supports the comprehensive development of puppies from 10 weeks to age 16 weeks of age. The skills learned through participation in Puppy Head Start prepares puppies for life both in the home and in public.
The benefits include:
- Creating an elimination schedule to facilitate house training
- Teaching crate training/confinement skills
- Helping puppies learn self-control
- Proper socialization with people, other puppies, novel objects, surfaces, and sounds
- Early identification of problem behaviors
- Support for puppy parents
What will my puppy learn in Puppy Head Start?
Puppies will participate in a variety of activities each week they attend Head Start. Their school day may include:
- House training and Crate games
- Mat training for Sit/Down
- Polite walking skills
- Leave It
- Trick of the month
When is Puppy Head Start in session?
Puppy Head Start is in session Monday through Friday. The Head Start program begins at 9:00 am each day and ends at 1:00 pm. Puppies may be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 am, and must be picked up before 1:30 pm each day.
How many puppies are in the Head Start Program?
Our Puppy Head Start program is currently limited to 4 puppies at a time. This insures that every puppy receives individual attention, as well as time to rest.
What is the cost of Puppy Head Start?
Puppy Head Start is $400.00 per week. Your puppy can definitely attend multiple weeks to increase the benefits you puppy receives during their critical developmental stages.
Are there any other benefits to Puppy Head Start?
We encourage our Puppy Head Start students to enroll in Puppy Foundations class for a well-rounded foundation. Puppy Head Start students also receive a $40 discount on our Puppy Fast Track Sessions.
Why do I need to attend classes if my puppy is attending Puppy Head Start?
Puppy Head Start will help your puppy learn foundation skills that you will use for the life of your puppy. Attending classes helps you form a trust-based relationship and helps promote a positive bond between you and your puppy. Attending a class weekly with your puppy will help you learn to work with distractions, and help you establish solid skills for your puppy’s interactions with the world around them.
Will my dog be completely trained after attending Puppy Head Start?
Puppy Head Start training does not take the place of owners working with their puppy at home. You will still need to commit some time to working with your puppy daily. Training your puppy should be fun for both of you!
When is my puppy eligible for Puppy Head Start?
Puppies must be at least 10 weeks of age to begin Head Start. They must have visited a local veterinarian and have received at least one vaccination from their veterinarian. A minimum of two Distemper (Da2pp) vaccines and a negative fecal test is required to begin Head Start. We do not require Bordetella or Canine Influenza vaccinations. Please ask your veterinarian if these should be a part of your puppy’s health care plan.
How do I join?
No Daycare / Dog Park Policy: To ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students, puppies enrolled in Puppy Head Start cannot be in areas where they have a higher risk of contracting diseases and parasites. This includes dog daycare and dog parks and is applicable even if the puppy has completed its vaccination series, as they may be in contact with puppies who have only had the first round and are not fully protected yet.