Puppies have several optimum learning times and knowing about this vitally important time period will maximize his/her learning potential and help to lessen problems (such as fears, reactivity, and aggression) later in life. Scientific research tells us that puppies learn the most in their whole lives from 8 to 16 weeks old. This is an essential time in your puppy's life to be providing as many positive, appropriate experiences as possible.
With puppies, we work on family relationships with the new puppy, care and handling, interactions with people and other dogs and puppies, and new experiences (obstacles, surfaces, smells, sights, sounds, touch, motions, etc.). In each session we will work on 2 -- 3 different objectives. Many things will be taught to your puppy through play.
Sessions will teach you how to best communicate with your new puppy, work on foundation skills essential for all well-mannered dogs, and many valuable training tips – including housetraining, coming when called, chewing, positive vet visits, and grooming.
Our puppy classes are based on the American Kennel Club's S*T*A*R Puppy Program. Laurie is an approved AKC S*T*A*R Puppy Evaluator. A minimum of six classes is required for the AKC S*T*A*R Puppy program.
Why is this class free? In 2013, Laurie added a puppy to her family (Blitz). They had a difficult time finding an appropriate puppy class for him. And because of this, an idea was born. Laurie met with her veterinarian and her business manager and pitched the idea of free puppy classes. They loved the concept and we began conducting free puppy classes at Utah Dog Park -- Airport with the support both of the staff there and of the Animal Care Center. In May 2018, we had completely outgrown the space and moved to our current location in the Millcreek area.
Puppies are expensive! That's why the class is free. We are human and think a lot of different things about our puppies that prevent us from going to a class -- this puppy is easy, I've raised puppies before, we have another dog, etc. -- but the reality is that it takes a village to raise a puppy and we strive to create that village for our students.