Congratulations on your new puppy!

This is an exciting (and sometimes confusing) time for you and your family and we are here to help you get off to a good start!  Our staff is here to help your pup learn good manners and social skills right away, as well as help you understand how to meet your pups needs.

We have several programs to help you!

Important Vaccination Guidelines

Puppy Jumpstart Workshop

This 1-1/2 hour workshop helps you figure out house training and how to handle puppy nipping, biting and chewing.  You’ll learn about:

  • Housetraining (how to use crates, set up a potty schedule etc.)

  • Nipping, Biting and Chewing (how to teach appropriate chewing and play behavior)

  • Socialization (how to safely socialize your pup)

  • Bring your questions!

This workshop is for humans only.  We especially like it when you attend before you bring home your new pup (so you’ll know what to do the moment your pup comes home!) 


Or call ahead to Pooch Pawsitive so that we know to expect you! 401-714-5652.

In-home Puppy Jumpstart session

If you can’t get to the Puppy Jumpstart Workshop, then an in-home Puppy Jumpstart session may be more convenient.  Puppy Jumpstart sessions are held at your home with your family and puppy to go over your concerns about your puppy and give you the training tools you need to manage each situation.  We’ll cover Housetraining, Nipping, Biting and Chewing and any other questions you have! 

Please call 401-714-5652 to schedule an appointment.

Do you want to see what goes on at Puppy Socials?!

Watch this segment that appeared on WPRI TV’s Rhode Show program on 1/28/14!

Puppy Socials

Up to 16 weeks of age, puppies are sponges for all kinds of experiences.  Behaviorists call this the ‘Socialization Period.’  Be sure to safely expose your pup to all types of people, puppies (of similar age) and stuff in your life.  Puppy Social playgroups are split into age/playstyle-appropriate groups and are closely supervised by our trained staff.  We help you understand what is normal play behavior and how to redirect all that puppy energy!  Come to a Puppy Playgroup for a safe, socialization experience!

Puppies should be between 8 and 12 weeks of age to start.  Bring the completed Registration Form, with proof of at least one DHPP shot and a negative fecal test by your own veterinarian (not the breeder or rescue group).  Puppy Socials are $10 per visit.  (You can also buy a Pass: buy 10 and get one free for $100)

Puppy Socials are held several times a week.

Please call ahead to reserve a spot your first time coming:  401-714-5652


Puppy Kindergarten class

Pups learn easily when they are young so now is a great time to teach them great manners right from the start (and so they don’t develop bad habits in the first place!)  Teach your pup to pay attention, walk nicely on a leash, Lay Down, Stay and Wait, Come when called and be polite when meeting new people!  

Classes are Open Enrollment so that you can start at any time and don’t have to wait for a new class to start!  Pups should be between 8 and 14 weeks of age at the start of class and have had 1 DHPP shot and a negative fecal test. Puppy Kindergarten class includes Orientation and six classes.


Private Training

If you don’t have time to attend group classes then private training might be an option for you.  (We still recommend that your pup socialize with other pups at Puppy Socials.)   Call to schedule an appointment. 401-714-5652

Puppy Preschool

If you want to give your puppy some extra socialization and training in a safe controlled environment, then Puppy Preschool can help! 

Throughout the day, we reinforce the good manners you are also teaching your pup at Puppy Kindergarten (or private lessons).  We think that a combination of Puppy Preschool and your family’s involvement with training are a good way to raise the puppy up right!

We also provide safe socialization experiences to pups during the day, including seeing wheelchairs and walkers, listening to thunder and fireworks etc. so that they get used to these things now and won’t be afraid of them in the future.  We take two naps a day complete with stuffed Kongs or chewy things. Pups must take treats nicely, share toys and water bowls and sit to get attention (not jump up or bark at us!) 

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