Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool at Happy Tails is for dogs under 16-weeks-old (or 4 months).

Think about the first day you brought home your puppy. You were so happy and in love! That cute puppy face coupled with their love and affection tricked you into thinking they could do no wrong! It was their world, and you were just living in it!

Sadly, as dogs grow up, far too many of them end up in shelters, or worse, euthanized every year due to behavior problems that you didn’t know how to control or manage. The importance of getting off to a good start at a young age is essential to ensure your puppy doesn’t end up becoming a statistic. By understanding how puppies learn and how to communicate with proper praise and motivation, you can stop bad behaviors from even developing. It also lays the groundwork for continued training to have a pet that fits your personal desires. However, in order to have a great life with a happy and well-behaved dog, we need to be able take care of their needs and wants as well. They need to be able to understand what appropriate behavior is, along with what’s not acceptable. Learning how to teach and communicate positively with pride, patience, and persistence is the most effective way!

Our goal is to ensure puppy owners have the basic knowledge of how young dogs learn behaviors and to understand basic handling skills of your new pup. By learning proper communication between you and your puppy, as well as what is required for you as their leader, all will be on the right path to an enjoyable life with your well-behaved dog.

During our 3-week Puppy Preschool, you will learn how to properly socialize your new dog with different people, places and things (other puppies included)! Not only will you learn the basics of puppy development, but we will also educate you on the importance of continued and consistent training to ensure a happy and well-behaved dog throughout their entire life. We will expand on a range of topics that will not only create a well-socialized dog, but a mentally healthy and stable dog as well.

Because preschool focuses on socialization and desensitization during a young dog’s developmental stages in life, the puppy classes are designed for dogs younger than 16 weeks old (after 16 weeks, they are ready for our advanced programs such as private lessons and resident programs).  We start with one (1) private lesson (the puppy consultation).  After that, you and your dog are able to join our classes for the next three weeks for free.

  • Private Puppy Consultation at Happy Tails:  $140 
  • Group Puppy Consultation at Happy Tails: $90 (a maximum of four puppies and their families may be in the group consultation)

Plan for 1 1/2 – 2 hours with a trainer.  The consultation is best to start as close to 8-weeks-old as possible!  The longer they are in your home, they longer they have time to learn bad behaviors and develop aggression or anxiety.  Consultation should be completed before the dog is 13 weeks of age.  If your dog is older than 13-weeks-old, we’ll most likely want to set up a private meeting with a trainer to discuss advanced goals.

Puppy Consultation Includes:

  • Crate training tips
  • Housebreaking
  • How to start to correct unwanted behaviors like nipping, chewing
  • How to communicate with your puppy
  • A list of Do’s and Don’ts
  • Schedule preparation
  • Socialization tips
  • Desensitization techniques
  • Proper games and toys for your pup
  • Aggression prevention
  • Anxiety prevention
  • Confidence building exercises
  • A plan for future behavior training

Three (3) Puppy Preschool Classes (after purchase of Puppy Consultation):  FREE!

Puppy Preschool is every Saturday morning starting at 10am and lasts up to 1 hour and 15 minutes


All puppy preschool participants get 10% off any in-store purchase of puppy-approved and recommended mental stimulation toys and puppy-safe treats during preschool.  They also receive discounts on advanced training!


Puppy Preschool Participants, Click Here for your training worksheets!



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