Puppy Class I

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The first three months of a puppy’s life are an unbelievably critical time for development. When this door closes you’ll never reach that dog’s full potential. The Puppy I course is designed specifically to address this period constructively. We’ll build great social skills, bite inhibition, and a fearless, can-do attitude.

The unique, off-leash structure of the class will build on this solid foundation and help you create the perfect puppy…which will become the perfect dog! By using play as a reward for constant training interludes we are able to keep your puppy engaged and learning the entire time.

You will learn how to manage your puppy’s space, along with important training strategies to build speed of recall, length of stays, and reliability. You’ll be able to use food as a training tool, not a bribe. We’ll teach you how to use games and toys as rewards and training opportunities. Plus, you’ll bond with your little pup in deeper, more meaningful ways.

Puppy Class I is the first step to the pride and confidence every dog owner deserves. Together, we can get your puppy started off on the right paw!


Puppy 1 Curriculum

Bite Inhibition training
Overall manners and constructive socialization
Improving communication, attention, motivation, and focus
Settle Down on Command
Sit, Lay Down, and Stand
Sit for Petting
Stay, Come, and Follow
Loose Leash Walking
Leave it, Take it, and Drop it
Handling and Gentling


Need to know:

Age: 10-18 weeks of age at the start date of class. If your puppy is older than 18 weeks, Basic Class is the appropriate class.

If your vet advises, “You should wait for puppy class,” please print this letter from Dr. R.K. Anderson, DVM, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Diplomat of American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Show it to them and help educate veterinarians on the importance of early puppy socialization!

Also, read the official position statement on early socialization by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

Prerequisite: None.

Vaccines: First two rounds of DHLPP or DHPP. The second round must have been administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 7 days prior to the first session of class.

Length and Fee: This class is $99 for six consecutive weekly sessions, unless a break is mentioned. Each session is approximately 50 minutes and will meet on the same day and time each week. A minimum of 3 puppies is required to run a class.

Resources: Download these free eBooks by Dr. Ian Dunbar, stocked to the brim with critical, time-sensitive direction for successful puppy ownership!

BEFORE You Get Your Puppy (4MB, pdf)
AFTER You Get Your Puppy (6MB, pdf)

Further details about scheduling and cancellation policies can be found on the Policies Page.


Phenomenal environment, in-depth training, awesome feedback and challenging curriculum.
Justin W.Puppy 1 and 2 grad
Our family really enjoys going to training class. We have done puppy 1 with Ms. Scarlet and we are onto puppy 2. We will be working with Ian for a while.
Cheri H.Puppy Classes 1 and 2 Grad
Marley improved so much; all of the puppies improved. She knew as we pulled up where we were and got very excited! Looking forward to the next class!
Kristina C.Puppy Class 1 Grad

Purchase both your Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 classes together and save $20!

Take your Puppy 1 class now, and you have up to six months to take your Puppy 2 class (and get your AKC STAR Puppy certificate).

Are you ready to start training with SIMPAWTICO?

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