Train Them Young:

Puppy Class is for puppies 10 weeks to 6 months of age. (Exceptions may be made for small breeds but generally after six months they belong in the Basic Obedience Class.) In a perfect world, pups would start at 10-12 weeks old, with veterinary approval.

This seven week course focuses on socialization and basic obedience commands which lay the foundation for your pup to grow into a happy and well-behaved dog. It’s also just a lot of fun! There will be short discussions on behavior issues but in-depth assistance is done through private training. Please click this link for info on private training.

Course Includes:

  • Online Training Videos
  • Live Seminar – humans only
  • Six Weekly Practice Sessions – one hour each week
  • Puppy Playtime – 20 minutes of each practice session, in a safe, clean environment
  • Socialization – exposure to people, dogs, objects, sounds, etc.
  • Beginning Obedience Commands – Heel, Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Leave It
  • Learning Theory – how dogs learn
  • Intro To Training Collars (optional)
  • Building Drive and Motivation – rewards and positive reinforcement
  • Handling Skills – how to use physical touch and leash communication for guidance and correction
  • Behavior Problem Solutions – short discussions only, may require private training
  • How To Balance Multiple Training Techniques
  • Introduction To Agility Obstacles

Your pup will learn to love learning!

Thriving Canine’s unique “blended” training style is rewarding and fun but it’s also serious about getting results. This means we will be using plenty of praise, affection and treats but it’s not entirely reward-based. Your pup will also learn to “yield to pressure” which means teaching your pup to accept leash and body pressure in as positive, non-threatening and playful a manner as possible. You will also learn the responsible, non-harmful use of corrections. It is very important that the overall experience conditions your puppy to love learning and love going to “puppy school” but it’s also important that they receive reliable, results-based training. A complete communication system includes both “Yes” and “No” – it makes obedience rewarding as well as mandatory. It’s much easier to train these skills in puppy-hood than it is to rehabilitate an adult dog that’s gone off the rails.
Classes tend to sell out quickly so book early. Get started today!
Price: $185 (online video course available for $85)
Check the calendar to see when the next Puppy Class begins.
If you have a puppy with behavior issues and you’re not quite sure of the best course of action,  visit the Dog Behavior Issues page or contact us directly.

If you are a new client, please fill out the Online Training Form.

Register for Puppy Class by clicking here.

Practice Location:

Gilroy, Ca. – Private Location