puppy Classes in Durham
Group classes are a great way to start your training in a fun & supportive environment!
LEARNING TO PUPPY 101
Learn the basics and enhance your socialization program using positive reinforcement. We will also give you tips for dealing with common puppy behaviors like nipping. You will also have the opportunity to earn your AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy title. Our small classes ensure that you and your puppy get the individual coaching you need!
WHO? For puppies 8-14 weeks old at the start of class
COST: 6 weeks of classes $225
learning to puppy 201
For puppies who have graduated from Learning to Puppy 101, or older puppies who are just starting their training. We’ll work on exercises such as loose leash walking, calm greetings, and attention in distracting environments, and help you prepare for the teenager phase of your puppy’s life.
WHO? For puppies 15 weeks to 6 months old at the start of class
COST: 6 weeks of classes $225
Early adolescence can be a challenging time for both you and your puppy. This class focuses on maintaining and strengthen the basics that came so easy as a baby puppy, and builds focus and attention on you. We’ll talk about what to expect from your teenager as they move through this developmental period.
WHO? For puppies 6-11 months at the start of class
COST: 6 weeks of classes $199
TINY PUPPY PLAYTIME
Tiny Puppy Playtime provides puppies with a clean, safe, and fun socialization opportunity. Puppies under 10 pounds can attend on a drop-in basis. Preregistration IS required.
WHO? For puppies 10 pounds and under, and up to 6 months old
Puppy Club is a drop-in socialization class, with no weekly commitment. A certified trainer will guide you through key aspects of the early socialization process using interactive activities and play, and will be available to answer all your puppy-related questions.Preregistration IS required before you attend.
WHO? For puppies 8-16 weeks old.
If you would like some help with your socialization and training, or need some help providing enrichment to prevent the puppy ‘witching hour’, you can drop your puppy off on weekdays (Monday-Thursday) to work with a certified trainer. For puppies 8 weeks to 12 months. For more information, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Call us if you have additional questions! 919-451-4226
Can my puppy attend class before they are fully vaccinated?
Yes! Before attending class, you will need to provide proof of at least one distemper/parvo vaccine administered at least one week prior to class, and one deworming or a negative fecal result. Puppies under 3.5 months are too young for a rabies vaccine, so it is not required for Puppy101.
We follow the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) recommendations to ensure your puppy gets the socialization and training they need in a clean and safe environment. Please read these guidelines, found here. We use a disinfectant in our facility commonly used in vet offices to prevent the spread of disease.
When should my puppy start group classes?
ASAP! Puppies as young as 8 weeks old can begin classes! Your puppy’s critical window for socialization closes around 12-14 weeks of age. To help prevent behavioral problems in the future, start puppy classes when your puppy has been in your home for at least 1 week and has completed their first round of vaccinations. For more information, see this article.
Can more than one family member attend class with my puppy?
We love having families come to train together! If children 7 and under will be coming to class, two adults must attend.
What if I have to miss a class?
Please let us know at least one week in advance. One make-up class will be offered at no charge. If you miss more than one class, a second make-up class will be offered for a $25 fee. If you are registering for Learning to Puppy 101, we have multiple classes running each week, so you may have the option to swap into another class so you don’t miss a week.