Provide your puppy with the best education to reach their full potential.
Our private lessons, group puppy training classes, and puppy play groups offer puppy parents a variety of options for providing their puppy with the education and socialization opportunities they require during the most critical, early months of their development. We offered NYC’s very first puppy classes in 1994, under the guidance of Dr. Ian Dunbar, the person responsible for revolutionizing pet dog training by creating the original puppy class curriculum.
Our puppy classes and private lessons are designed to help puppy parents introduce their pups to all they’ll need to know to develop happy, mannerly, well-socialized adult dogs and to make the most of each pup’s potential. Our approach is gentle, effective, enjoyable, and designed to be daily mastered by all members of the family, youngsters included. Training is decidedly “dog-friendly in its endeavor to teach young pups not only what we want them to do, but to want to do what we want. The group puppy course is divided into two parts to most effectively meet your goals. Some of the topics addressed in our private lessons and group classes for puppies are:
- How to prevent and resolve common puppy issues like nipping, inappropriate chewing, excessive barking, and jumping up.
- Teaching your puppy to come when called, sit, down, stand, stay, come when called, and leash manners (preventing sidewalk vacuuming, pulling, and putting on the brakes!)
- Impulse control (leave it, wait, manners at doorways and when food is placed on tables and counters, settle down, etc.).
- Aggression, fear and anxiety prevention.
- Trainer moderated play groups for socialization and fun!
Puppy Class Part One
This course, for puppies 8-20 weeks of age, is a starting point for pups on their way to becoming well mannered and well adjusted members of the family. In this part of our Puppy Parenting Program you will learn the beginnings of fundamental obedience and manners skills like sit, down, come when called, and leash manners. Great attention is paid to house training, curbing nipping, mouthing, and jumping up, and socialization, gentling, and handling.Learn More
Puppy Class Part Two
This course is available to those pups that have graduated from Puppy 1 or pups that have benefited from our private lessons and are under 40 weeks (10 months) of age. This class focuses on more advanced skills including stay, “real life” exercises for come when called, mastering self-control, leash manners, reliability around increased distractions, and cue discrimination.Learn More
Puppy Play Groups
Our trainer supervised puppy playgroups are a terrific way to help socialize your pup. For pups of all sizes under 20 weeks (5 months), these groups meet at the Chelsea Dog Spa (32 west 25th street), at Camp Canine 46 West 73rd Street, and at Beasty Feast 327 West 14th Street. The fee is $20 per pup per visit for our students and $30 for non-students. No need to make a reservation, but you must bring hard/printed copy proof of at least one round of vaccines for pups under 16 weeks and for pups 16 weeks and older this must be signed by the veterinarian and include rabies, parvovirus, adenovirus, distemper, and bordatella.Learn More
Puppy Agility & Enrichment
This fun-filled course is for pups 4-10 months of age. Whether you would like to continue with the sport of dog agility in the future, or want prepare your puppy for life as a well-adjusted urban dog, this class is for you.The class is specially designed to address the developmental needs and limitations of puppies.Learn More