Puppy Class Vancouver

This is for you if…

  • Your puppy is 8-13 weeks old or still with the breeder
  • Your puppy is receiving age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Your medium-large breed puppy can graduate by 17 weeks
  • Your small breed puppy can graduate by 21 weeks

How Puppy Start Right Works

  • Start Anytime means open enrollment (we welcome new students every day)
  • Classes are taken in any order
  • Each class has some training, some puppy raising topics, and socialization time
  • You can attend any of our Vancouver locations (mix and match, or stick to one – you choose!)

Module 1

  • Socialization Exercise: Resource Guarding/Food Bowl Safety
  • Training: Walk with Me
  • Focus and Attention

Module 2

  • Puppy Topic: Visiting the Vet and the Groomers
  • Socialization Exercise: Accepting Handling, Restraint, Grooming
  • Training: Lay Down

Module 3

  • Puppy Topic: Body Language, Preventing Fear, Anxiety, and Aggression
  • Training: Greetings with Consent

Module 4

  • Puppy Topic: Alone-Time Training / Housetraining
  • Socialization Exercise: Practice being left alone
  • Training: Hand Targeting (Touch)

Module 5

  • Puppy Topic:  Nipping and Biting / Appropriate Play
  • Training: Recall Games (Come)
  • Training: Tug of War / Drop It

Why It’s Important

  • The first 3 months of life for a puppy is the most important time for socialization
  • Puppies must be exposed safely to other dogs, people, animals, stimuli, and environments
  • A safe, controlled, supervised environment is essential, such as Puppy Start Right classes at When Hounds Fly
  • The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends that puppies start in a puppy class prior to receiving all core vaccinations
  • Sadly, dogs that are kept away until after 4 months often have lifelong fear and anxiety issues

My husband and I took the Puppy Start Right classes with our pup when we first got him. Two years later, I still think it’s the best thing we’ve done so far as pet parents.

In addition to teaching him the basics and teaching US how to properly teach our pup, I think the early socialization made a huge difference in how he interacts with other dogs.

Every time we pick him up from doggy daycare, the staff comments on  how good he is with other dogs – even the ones that typically don’t play well with others. 

The classes at When Hounds Fly were fun, informative, and taught us how to teach our dog instead of just focusing on obedience and tricks. If you have a new puppy, I highly recommend Puppy Start Right.

– Lauren K.


Puppy Class Program Tuition

Prices do not include tax.

For details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page:

Puppy Start Right Classes are Start Anytime – No Waiting!