Puppy Kindergarten is a series of six (6) 50-minute classes that provides vital early socialization, shapes basic manners and boundaries, and addresses early training issues. It is a great head start for puppies both in training and in social behavior.
Puppy Kindergarten is recommended by The American Veterinary Medical Association and by the American Society of Veterinary Behaviorists. Learn about the AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization.
We offer the AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program for all puppies in our classes. Participation in this is not required to attend classes. For more information, read the AKC brochure on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
For puppies 10-16 weeks old. They must have a minimum two doses of a basic distemper combination vaccine. Rabies vaccine is not required to attend class. Puppies attend all six (6) classes.
Pre-Requisites / Requirements
Please bring puppies on flat collars or harnesses and a 4 to 6 foot leash. Please do not bring choke, prong or other correction collars or on retractable leashes.
- Puppy Kindergarten 2338: January 20~February 24, 6:45 pm
January 20, 2020
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
- Puppy Kindergarten 2356: March 9~April 13, 6:45 pm
March 9, 2020
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
As the Lead Trainer at Train the Bay, Nancy spent the last three decades dedicated to her training work, to developing the program, and to helping Bay Area dogs and their families. In addition to the hundreds of students she teaches every year, she is the voice behind Berkeley Humane’s free Behavior Advice Hotline, and she evaluates and supports the training of shelter dogs at Berkeley Humane.
When Dee rescued Farley, a Border Collie who "had issues", her journey into animal behavior began. Dee was motivated to learn quickly in order to manage Farley and keep him safe. They attended the classes and private consultations offered by Train the Bay—Farley showed progress, which further motivated Dee to obtain her CPDT-KA certification. Today, Dee teaches dog training classes and her dog demonstrates for the class. Dee credits Farley for being a wonderful teacher.
Susan attended her first Clicker Expo in 2015, which shaped her approach to training with markers and positive reinforcement. Because of her curious mind and belief in continuing education, Susan regularly attends animal conferences and workshops. Among her credentials are a CPDT-KA and ANWI (Associate Nose Work Instructor) and she is a member of both APDT and IAABC. Susan has also competed and titled both of her dogs, Niko and Tot, in dog sports that include obedience, rally, K9 Nose Work, AKC Scent Work and tricks.