Puppy Start Right

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If you are raising a new puppy, Our Puppy Start Right program is just right for you. If you have a puppy 8-20 weeks of age our Puppy Start Right Preschool class is where you will start in the Building Bonds Puppy Start Right program. We accept puppies who have not completed their full vaccine series in this class.  We take great care to introduce your puppy to the novelty of the world in a sanitized and safe classroom setting. To sanitize our classroom before and after class, we use Rescue a veterinary use cleaning solution.

Puppy Start Right Preschool includes in-person classroom instruction from your certified trainer and includes over 60 video tutorials with corresponding step-by-step written instructions. This class teaches you how to problem solve all of the common puppy problems and how to safely socialize your puppy. This class has everything you need to get your puppy off on the right paw.

Our Puppy Start Right Kindergarten Beginner class is for puppies who are fully vaccinated and are 5 months of age and older. We recommend this class for puppies and dogs up to 12 months of age with little to no prior training.

Puppy Start Right Kindergarten Beginner class includes in-person classroom instruction with your certified trainer, over 60 corresponding tutorial videos, and step-by-step instructions on how to teach new behaviors. The Puppy Start Right program is great for building communication between you and your puppy and achieving the behavior you want from your puppy. This program sets the foundation for a lifelong partnership between you and your puppy based on mutual understanding and trust.

Our Puppy Start Right Kindergarten Intermediate class builds on the skills you learned in Preschool or Beginner Kindergarten. It also helps you transfer your puppy’s skills into real-life social settings for a confident and well-behaved puppy. It is recommended for puppies 5 months and older.

Triumphant Teens is an advanced class for those rowdy teenage dogs. Prerequisite: Building Bonds Puppy Start Right Intermediate or Manners and Life Skills Intermediate Adult or equivalent. This is a course for dogs who have a solid start in training and in adolescence (typically 8 months to 2 years of age). Dogs can be challenging to live with during this adolescent period. Triumphant Teens will guide you through how to keep your training on track and meet your dog’s unique needs during this time. Extensive video library included in an online classroom.

The Puppy Start Right program is more than just an obedience class. This complete program will teach you how to safely and positively socialize your puppy; using a positive approach to problem-solving, prevention, and training, all without the use of force.

Classes with fewer than 3 enrollments 5 days before the start date are subject to cancelation.

What is the difference between an under-vaccinated puppy and a fully vaccinated puppy?
An under-vaccinated puppy is not yet fully immunized against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza (DHPP). Puppies begin a series of DHPP vaccinations starting around 6-8 weeks of age. They continue to receive a DHPP vaccination every 2-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age. The final DHPP vaccination in the series should be given no sooner than 16 weeks of age. Once your puppy receives the final vaccination in the series, usually between 16-18 weeks of age, they are considered fully vaccinated for DHPP. The first rabies vaccine is generally given at 3 months of age.

Your puppy is considered under-vaccinated if they have not yet received the final DHPP vaccination in the series by 18 weeks of age or older. Your puppy may or may not have received the rabies vaccination yet. Please enroll in Puppy Start Right Preschool.

Your puppy is considered fully vaccinated once they receive the final DHPP vaccination in the series by 18 weeks of age or older. Your puppy will also have received the first rabies vaccination. Please enroll in Puppy Start Right Kindergarten Beginner.

Should your puppy have an illness such as giardia that prevents them from attending class, our online classroom is a great resource to begin training your puppy at home. Please visit https://buildingbondsonlinecourses.com to register. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Puppy Preschool

For puppies aged 8-20 weeks

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At Building Bonds, we have a preschool class available for under-vaccinated puppies. It is our philosophy that young puppies do best in a new environment with puppies closest to their age so as not to overwhelm them behaviorally. The preschool curriculum is similar to our Beginner Kindergarten class although this course provides more support for the issues that come with having a puppy 8-20 weeks of age. It also promotes more social interactions at an age when puppies are more curious and amenable to new experiences.

Puppy Preschool is designed to facilitate positive exposures, address normal puppy behaviors, and prevent the development of behavior problems. The primary focus of Puppy Preschool is exposure to people, novelty, and working around other dogs. This class is designed to set you and your puppy up for success with housetraining, enrichment activities, communication with one another, and life skills such as leash walking, coming when called, etc. This class includes an online classroom with an extensive video tutorial library and written handouts to supplement your in-person classroom experience.

After taking Puppy Preschool our Preschool graduates will be ready to enroll in Puppy Advanced Kindergarten class to get the most extensive and well-rounded puppy education.

Social time for Puppy Preschool may not include play. Our focus for your puppy is to be calm and easily able to focus back with you in the presence of other puppies so playtime may not be part of your puppy’s classroom experience. We carefully make social interaction decisions based on the puppies we have in class. If our schedule allows, we also offer separate preschool social times. If you are a current student, you will be notified when they are offered.

What is the difference between an under-vaccinated puppy and a fully vaccinated puppy?
An under-vaccinated puppy is not yet fully immunized against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza (DHPP). Puppies begin a series of DHPP vaccinations starting around 6-8 weeks of age. They continue to receive a DHPP vaccination every 2-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age. The final DHPP vaccination in the series should be given no sooner than 16 weeks of age. Once your puppy receives the final vaccination in the series, usually between 16-18 weeks of age, they are considered fully vaccinated for DHPP. The first rabies vaccine is generally given at 3 months of age.

Your puppy is considered under-vaccinated if they have not yet received the final DHPP vaccination in the series by 18 weeks of age or older. Your puppy may or may not have received the rabies vaccination yet. Please enroll in Puppy Start Right Preschool.

Your puppy is considered fully vaccinated once they receive the final DHPP vaccination in the series by 18 weeks of age or older. Your puppy will also have received the first rabies vaccination. Please enroll in Puppy Start Right Kindergarten Beginner.

Make sure your puppy has received its first vaccine at least 10 days prior to the class start date and has a negative fecal test result. Please do not register for class until you have a negative fecal test in your possession. Please schedule your fecal test ASAP after bringing your puppy home. A positive fecal test is a very common reason puppies are unable to attend preschool, missing out on an important developmental experience. Should your puppy test positive for giardia, we require a follow-up fecal test to indicate treatment was effective.

If Puppy Preschool class is full, you may join a wait list for a class by following this link. We may offer an additional class from the waitlist inquiries.

Class Instructor: Kim Silver

Class Length: Six classroom sessions

Requirements:

  • Preschool is available to puppies that are 8-20 weeks of age who are not yet fully vaccinated. If your puppy is at least 20 weeks of age and fully vaccinated we suggest you enroll in Puppy Start Righ Beginner Kindergarten (age range for puppy kindergarten is 5-12 months). Your puppy can start preschool at least 10 days after his/her first vaccine and must have a negative fecal test result from your veterinarian indicating they are free from giardia and other parasites. You may upload your records in our online registration or email them to us at info@buildingbondstraining.com.

What to Bring to Class:

  • A mat that your puppy can comfortably lay on during downtimes, such as a bath rug or yoga mat.
  • Your dog is required to wear either a harness or flat collar and a 6 ft. leash to class. We would like to note that we do not allow choke, prong, electronic collars, or retractable leashes in class.
  • Please bring lots of tasty treats.
  • Be on the lookout for an email detailing how to access your online classroom.

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Puppy Kindergarten (Beginner)

For puppies aged 5-12 months

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Includes in-person classroom instruction with your certified trainer, over 60 corresponding tutorial videos, and step-by-step instructions on how to teach new behaviors. The Puppy Start Right program is great for building communication between you and your puppy and achieving the behavior you want from your puppy. This program sets the foundation for a lifelong partnership between you and your puppy based on mutual understanding and trust.

Class Instructor: Kim Silver

Class Length: Six classroom sessions

What Will You and Your Dog Learn:

  • Stationary behaviors such as sit, down, settle on a mat, stay/wait
  • Movement behaviors such as leash walking and coming when called
  • Fun behaviors such as learning to perform a trick!
  • Problem-solving topics address common puppy behaviors including: mouthing/biting, jumping, chewing, digging, counter surfing and stealing objects and MORE!
  • Prevention topics include: confinement and independence training, food bowl exercises, enrichment games, body handling and MORE!

Requirements:

  • Your puppy must be between 5-12 months old at the start of class and must be able to work around other dogs.
  • Your puppy must be fully vaccinated for distemper, parvo and rabies.

What to Bring to Class:

  • Your puppy! Your puppy must be wearing a properly fitted body harness (strongly preferred for the health and comfort of your puppy) or properly fitted flat collar.
  • Lot’s of tasty treats. Bring a variety and more than you think you need.
  • Bring a bowl and water for your puppy.
  • A mat for your dog to lay on. Bath mats and yoga mats work well.

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Puppy Kindergarten (Intermediate)

For puppies over 5 months of age that have completed Preschool or Beginner Kindergarten

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Intermediate Kindergarten class builds on the skills you learned in Preschool and Beginner Kindergarten. This course helps you transfer your puppy’s skills into real-life social settings for a confident and well-behaved puppy. Puppies must be between 5-8 months of age at the start of class to be eligible for this course and meet the prerequisite learning requirement of Building Bonds Preschool, Puppy Kindergarten Beginner or equivalent marker reward training done elsewhere.

Class Instructor: Kim Silver

Class Length: Six classroom sessions

What Will You and Your Dog Learn:

  • Stationary behaviors such as sit, down, settle on a mat, stay/waitStationary behaviors such as sit, down, settle on a mat, stay/wait
  • Movement behaviors such as leash walking and coming when called
  • Fun behaviors such as learning to perform a trick such as spin or leg weaves!
  • Problem-solving topics address common puppy behaviors including: mouthing/biting, jumping, chewing, digging, counter surfing and stealing objects and MORE!
  • Prevention topics include: confinement and independence training, food bowl exercises, enrichment games, handling and restraint and MORE!

Requirements:

  • Your puppy must be over 5 months of age at the start of class and must be able to work around other dogs.
  • Your puppy must have already completed our Beginner Kindergarten or Puppy Preschool group class or other equivalent training.
  • Your puppy must be fully vaccinated for distemper, parvo, and rabies.

What to Bring to Class:

  • Your puppy! Your puppy must be wearing a properly fitted body harness (strongly preferred for the health and comfort of your puppy) or properly fitted flat collar.
  • Lot’s of tasty treats. Bring a variety and more than you think you need.
  • Bring a bowl and water for your puppy.
  • A mat for your dog to lay on. Bath mats and yoga mats work well.

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Triumphant Teens (Advanced)

For dogs aged 8-24 months

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This course is for adolescent dogs 8-24 months old who have taken a previous group training or private training class.

Class Instructor: Kim Silver

Class Length: Six classroom sessions

What Will You and Your Dog Learn:

  • Focus in new environments
  • Attention toward handler
  • At home skills
  • Out and about skills
  • Social Interactions
  • Calm behaviors
  • Problem prevention and solving

Requirements:

  • Your dog must be between 8-24 months of age.
  • Your dog must be comfortable with other dogs within 10 feet of them. Excessive barking is not suitable for a group class.
  • If your dog has a history of barking at dogs on leash, growling or has bitten another dog, please contact us about private training.

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Make sure to check out the video below to see a sneak peak of what we do in this program!

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