Puppies are very impressionable during their first 16 weeks and our programs help your pup get off to a fast start so that they can become social, well-adjusted and happy family members that your family and  friends will love!

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 pup’s needs.

We have several programs to help you!

All puppies must have written proof, from their own vet (not the rescue or breeder) of a negative fecal test for Giardia and Coccidia.  Puppies should have at least one DAPP/DA2P shot to participate in any group activity.  For a more detailed discussion on our vaccination requirements, please read Important Vaccination Requirements.

Important Vaccination Guidelines

Puppy Jumpstart Workshop

This 1-1/2 hour workshop will help you set your pup up for success by establishing a housetraining schedule and how to handle puppy nipping, biting and chewing. You’ll learn about:

  • How to use a crate and set up a potty schedule
  • How to teach appropriate chewing and play behavior so he’s not biting you!
  • How to safely socialize your pup
  • And answer your questions!

This workshop is for humans only. We especially like it when you attend before you bring your new pup home so that you’ll know what to do the moment your pup arrives! Private in-home Puppy Jumpstart is also available.

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

Puppies are sponges for all kinds of experiences up to around 16 weeks of age. Behaviorists call this the “Socialization Period.” Puppy Social playgroups are designed to help your young pup meet new puppies and people, learn social skills and learn how to use their mouth in normal puppy play! We help you understand what is normal puppy play and how to redirect that puppy energy! Puppy Socials are closely supervised by our trainers for a safe socialization experience.

Puppies should be between 8 and 12 weeks of age to start (ideally even before they have finished all their shots.) Bring written proof of at least one DHPP/DA2P shot and a negative fecal test by your own veterinarian (not the breeder or rescue group.) Advance on-line registration is required.

Dogs over 18 weeks of age must have permission of the instructor.  Dogs over 6 months are ineligible for Puppy Socials. (Please see our Dog Daycare programs for additional socialization opportunities!)

Puppy Kindergarten class

We love to get puppies off to a good start right away so that 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 (not jumping up!) when meeting new people!

Classes are Open Enrollment so that you can start as soon as you can and don’t have to wait for a new class to ‘start’! Pups should be between 8 and 12 weeks to start and have 1 DHPP/DA2P shot and a negative fecal test. Puppy Kindergarten includes an Orientation (for humans only) and 6 lessons with your pup.

Register for the Puppy Kindergarten Training Package and then use your “credits” to sign up for Orientation and the 6 lessons. Advance registration is required.


Puppy Academy

To support and help you raise a social, happy puppy, we offer the Puppy Academy for pups up to 16 weeks of age. This half or full day program was developed to give your young pups safe socialization to weird things (ie., wheelchairs, walkers, thunder, 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 learn to take treats nicely, share toys and water bowls and sit to get attention (not jump up or bark at us!) At the Puppy Academy, the pups learn social skills with other pups of similar age, size and playstyle, as well as work on good manners all day.

Puppies should have been at your home for a week or two before attending our Puppy Academy. Please register your pup for a Puppy Social first so we can see how your pup is in a social environment. Puppies between 8 and 16 weeks of age are eligible for this program.

Pups over 16 weeks, or who have not attended a Puppy Social, are eligible for our structured Dog Daycare program.