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Topics covered in Puppy I Class and Puppy II Class

1. Bite Inhibition

2. Socialization, Handling and Training by everyone in the class                         

3. Lure/Reward training—Come, Sit, Down, Stand, Roll Over, and Stays

4. Reward Training—Time-Sampling for “Good Behaviors”

5. Following off-leash

6. Jazz-up and Settle Down

7. Collar Grabs

8. “Off,” “Take it” and “Thank You” (valued objects) — Fetch & Tug

9.  Socialization and monitored play with other puppies (for Bite Inhibition)

10. The Walk—Integrated Training and Socialization in many Environments.

11. Reward Training Loose-leash Walking and Automatic “Sits”

12. All-or-None Reward Training and Troubleshooting “Polite Greetings” (sit)

Puppy Class I & II

Puppy I Class

These classes are for puppies between 12 and 20 weeks of age only. Unlike adult classes, the puppy class

curriculum is huge and comprises bite inhibition (soft mouth), socialization to people (especially children, men,

and strangers) and other dogs,, temperament training, behavior problem counseling, and basic manners. Puppy

class I- Class priorities are teaching bite inhibition (so your puppy develops a soft mouth), socializing your

puppy and teaching basic manners, with all training interludes embedded in off-leash play. Unlike adult dogs,

puppies may be flooded with social stimuli. Trainers should not waste this opportunity to quickly socialize pups

to people, and desensitize them to all potentially frightening stimuli. Also, puppies of this age may safely be

allowed to play together off-leash. Trainers should capitalize on this narrow time-window of opportunity by

teaching classes entirely off-leash, with the only exception of teaching leash-work. All puppies should be

handfed daily diet of kibble prior to the first session.  This class focuses on socialization and teaches the obedience secondary.