PUPPY THRU ADULT: Development & Obedience



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This is a complete training track for dogs who are beginning their obedience training as pups, finishing as adults.

PUPPY SOCIALS

Puppy Socials offer a safe environment to further socialize your puppy starting during that critical 10-16 week socialization window. Your puppy will play with other pups to hone their social skills and work on their bite inhibition. This is not a dog park - all sessions are closely monitored and supervised by qualified trainers. Pups must be 16 weeks or younger, or currently in a level 1 puppy class, when attending their first social. If pups remain social, they may attend indefinitely no matter how old.

PLEASE NOTE: To meet the goals of puppy socials, priority entry will always be given to the youngest puppies.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

  • Pups must be under 16 weeks of age or in a level 1 puppy class when they attend their first social, but may continue to attend indefinitely, as long as they remain friendly and social. Priority entry will always be given to younger puppies.
  • Bring proof of at least the first vaccination with you to your first social. Pups must be a minimum of two weeks past their first vaccination.
  • Guardian over 18 years of age must accompany puppy

$15 walk-in per dog. Payable to instructor at the door. NO NEED TO REGISTER.

PUPPY SOCIAL GUIDELINES:

  • On-time arrival is required to avoid disruptions. Space may be limited. Socials will be closed to latecomers and will be closed when room is full.
  • Bring a few yummy treats for your pup and a non-spill water bottle. For safety of all dogs, please bring pup on flat collar (no metal or slip collars; harnesses must be removed during play).
  • The puppy socials are intended as a safe place for friendly pups to socialize and develop good skills. They are not an environment to work on already existing behavior problems. Socials are not appropriate for every dog and the trainers on duty are qualified to make that assessment if necessary. Trainers reserve the right to excuse any pup from socials for any reason.

PUPPY SOCIAL SCHEDULE:

  • In SUNNYVALE, ongoing every Sunday, at 9:30 AM with Peggy McCarty instructing.
  • In SUNNYVALE, ongoing every Sunday, at 10:30 AM with Peggy McCarty instructing.
  • In PALO ALTO, please note: At this time we will no longer be able to hold Puppy Socials at this location. Please check back for future announcements and feel free to join our socials at our Sunnyvale location. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

DREAM PUPPY SERIES (for Puppies 8-16 weeks old)

Creating your DREAM DOG for LIFE begins the moment you bring your puppy home. While obedience skills and manners (Puppy 1 and Puppy 2) play an important role in having a well-behaved dog, there are many other opportunities for enhancing the whole dog—your future Dream Dog!

Puppies grow at lightning speed. As they begin to express their independence, this unique early-foundation course introduces them to a world of learning, confidence, sharing and the ability to follow rules and make good choices … and teaches you how to create the dog of your dreams.

The course consists of three sessions, A, B and C, and is designed to complement your Puppy 1 class.

Module A Lessons:
• I love the world I live in
• I don’t get into trouble
• I know where the bathroom is
• It’s peaceful to hang out by myself sometimes

Module B Lessons:
• I like being around all kinds of people and puppies
• I like unusual sights and sounds
• I can learn to control my teeth
• I love being touched all over

Module C Lessons:
• I can control myself
• I can deal with frustration
• I don't mind sharing my stuff with you
• I know what's mine and can leave your stuff alone

Classes are held at the Sunnyvale location on Wednesday nights at 6pm. Check class start dates.

The Dream Puppy Series provides in-depth information while giving your puppies additional socialization and bite-inhibition opportunities. It is the perfect complement to your Puppy 1 class. The things your puppy learns from birth to 16 weeks are the things that make the strongest impression. Don’t wait another day; get started on your Dream Dog now!

PLEASE NOTE: If you sign up for both Puppy 1 and Dream Puppy at the same time, you will receive a $20 discount on your Dream Puppy course.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

  • Puppy must be 8-16 weeks of age by the start date of class
  • Puppy must be 10 days past their initial vaccination for Distemper/Parvo.
  • Proof of first vaccinations

$120 - ($100 if you sign up for Puppy 1 at the same time)
$105 (ADL members)
- (or $100 if you sign up for Puppy 1 at the same time)

 

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PUPPY 1 (Socialization and Basic Obedience)

The experiences your pup has during the first 16 weeks of life, known as the "Socialization" period, will lay the foundation for future behavior. Young puppies that are exposed in a positive manner to numerous people, sounds, and to the world in general, will result in well-socialized, less fearful, adult dogs. Off- leash playtime with other pups in their same developmental period gives them a chance to develop good dog-to-dog social skills and to learn good bite inhibition (ability to control the force of their bite). Puppy 1 includes sit, down, stay, settle, come, leave it, and leash manners. Additional topics include: housetraining, alone training, chewing, biting, and body handling so they are comfortable at the vets and groomers.

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PLEASE NOTE: Puppy 1 is a five-week Level 1 course, 50-55 minutes each week, and pup should attend all classes with you and/or your entire family. Enrollment includes a free puppy book and weekly homework assignments.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

  • Puppy must be 16 weeks of age or younger by the start date of class
  • Puppy must be 10 days past their initial vaccination for Distemper/Parvo.
  • Proof of first vaccinations

$175
$160 (ADL members)

 

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PUPPY 2 (Intermediate Obedience)

Puppy 2 is for graduates of Puppy 1 class. It is designed for the quickly emerging adolescent. The behaviors covered in Puppy 1 will be refined and improved in Puppy 2. Special emphasis will be placed on motivating your dog so you get quicker responses to your commands, better recalls, stays with distractions and walking nicely on a leash. New skills (go to "place," Emergency Recall, variations on heeling, distance commands, etc.) will be taught. This is the "juvenile" stage in your dog's life when their reliability tends to wane. This class will help keep both you and your dog on track as you navigate this frequently-challenging time.

PLEASE NOTE: Puppy 2 is a five-week Level 2 course, 50-55 minutes each week, and your pup should attend all classes with you.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

  • Completion of Puppy 1 at A DOG'S LIFE or proof of another off-leash Puppy 1
  • All puppies must be under 12 months of age and have remained socialized to dogs and people
  • Proof of current, age appropriate vaccinations

$175
$160 (ADL members)

 

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OLDER PUPPY (Basic Obedience)

This is a basic class for older puppies between approximately 4.5 to 8 months who missed Puppy 1. Your puppy will learn basic obedience skills and we will address pertinent puppy issues you may still be having. This course includes sit, down, stay, settle, come, leave it, and leash manners. Additional topics include: housetraining, alone training, chewing, biting, and body handling so they are comfortable at the vets and groomers.

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PLEASE NOTE: Older Puppy is a five-week, Level 1 course, 50-55 minutes each week, and your pup should attend all classes with you.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

  • Puppies must be 4.5 to 8 months of age at start date of class
  • Proof of current vaccinations

$175
$160 (ADL members)

 

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LEVEL 3 OBEDIENCE

Level 3 Obedience is designed for graduates of an A DOG'S LIFE Adult 2 or Puppy 2 class. This is because A DOG'S LIFE Level 2 classes cover more behaviors than a typical level 2 class at other companies and we want you to be successful in Level 3. (If you think you might qualify even though you have not taken a Level 2 with us, please contact our Director of Training to make that determination.) Level 3 Obedience is designed to sharpen up and proof all those skills learned in our Level 2 classes. New skills, such as responding to commands from a distance and out-of-sight stays, will also be learned.

PLEASE NOTE: Level 3 Obedience is a five-week course, 50- 55 minutes each week, and your dog should attend all classes with you.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

  • Completion of Adult 2 or Puppy 2 at A DOG'S LIFE
  • Dog must be dog and people friendly
  • Proof of current vaccinations

$175
$160 (ADL members)

 

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MISCHIEVOUS PUPPY SEMINAR

Is the honeymoon over between you and your pup? Learn to love your puppy again with a seminar covering techniques for managing mischievous puppy behaviors including: chewing, housetraining, biting, jumping, and destructive behaviors. This presentation also covers puppy socialization, aggression prevention, and encouraging calmness in the house.

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar is for HUMANS ONLY.

$35
$30 (ADL members)

 

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All dogs that come to A DOG'S LIFE for daycare, boarding or training that are recovering from and/or taking antibiotics for an illness or infection must also have written clearance from their vet stating that the dog is safe to be around other dogs (i.e. is not contagious).

 

 

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