Puppy Training Classes
Every puppy needs puppy classes! Great for early puppy socialization and for learning new skills, puppy training classes serve an important purpose in your dog’s development. Our puppy preschool, puppy obedience, puppy agility and other puppy training classes are taught on floors sanitized with veterinary-grade disinfectant to protect against contagious illness for young puppies.
To learn more about puppy training classes at the Zoom Room, please read our Puppy Training FAQ.
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Description: Someday they’ll grow up. Just not yet. In puppy preschool, you’ll learn how to address housebreaking, nipping, chewing, and jumping problems, all while commiserating with other hapless puppy owners. Includes an introduction to basic puppy obedience, as well as socialization and group play time for the little ones.
Prerequisites: Vaccines commensurate with age.
Ages: For puppies eight to sixteen weeks old.
Description: Puppy Agility is a special class for puppies ages two to eight months, designed to be easy on growing joints and bones. This class emphasizes confidence-building for your puppy, and builds upon the foundation of great communication learned in Puppy Preschool, while also whetting his appetite for Agility. You can attend Puppy Agility once, twice, or as often as you’d like!
Prerequisites: Vaccines commensurate with age
Ages: For puppies two to eight months old.
Description: Get your puppy off to the right start with our puppy manners class. We introduce and focus on getting your pup’s attention, sit, down, stay, and polite greetings. We tackle common “problem” puppy behaviors like jumping, nipping, and mouthing, as well as begin teaching loose-leash walking and coming when called. Our puppy obedience class focuses on age-appropriate behaviors in a fun, relaxed environment, designed to introduce your puppy to basic skills that will set the foundation for later learning. We focus on a set of core skills that every puppy needs to be a happier, more well-behaved dog.
Prerequisites: Vaccines commensurate with age
Ages: For puppies two to eight months old.
Private Puppy Training
Private one-on-one instruction covering basic obedience in and around the house, with on and off-leash control. You will learn how to effectively communicate with your puppy and problem-solve basic behavior problems like jumping, housebreaking, barking, and nipping. After on-leash skills are mastered, you will learn beginning voice control over your dog from a distance and learn how to deal with adolescent distractions. Sessions are half-an-hour long (because puppies don’t have the world’s greatest attention spans!), and suitable for all puppies under the age of one year. We also offer special pricing on a package of four half-hour sessions, which is the equivalent of taking six Puppy Preschool classes. Private Puppy Training is also great for puppies over the age of four months, as that’s the upper age limit in Puppy Preschool.
FAQS about Puppy Training
What are the age requirements for puppy classes?
You can start bringing your puppy to the Zoom Room when he or she is eight weeks old. Your puppy must already have his first round of vaccinations. Please remember to bring a copy of his records from your veterinarian. All puppies attending the Zoom Room must have vaccinations commensurate with their age, and proof will always be required. Puppy Preschool is for puppies between two and four months. Puppy Obedience and Puppy Agility are for puppies between two and eight months. Private Puppy Training is for any puppy two months or older.
If you’d like to learn more about selecting the right age for bringing your puppy to puppy classes, please read what the experts have to say in our article on puppy socialization
My puppy doesn’t have all his shots? Isn’t that dangerous?
We have created safety and sanitation protocols at the Zoom Room that meet and exceed all industry standards, specifically to foster a safe, healthful environment for all of our guests, especially the wee ones who have yet to have all their shots. We take every imaginable precaution for the health and safety of your puppy. These precautions include:
- Every adult dog that attends the Zoom Room is fully vaccinated. We require written proof from all owners.
- The entire facility and all equipment is thoroughly sanitized with veterinary-grade disinfectants immediately prior to all puppy classes.
- All puppies are required to have verified vaccinations commensurate with age.
- We regularly swab and test our floors, equipment and reception area surfaces to test bacterial loads, conforming to the most exacting standards. You simply will not find this attention to detail in any other training facility.
- We require that puppies who attend the Zoom Room do not visit dog parks or dog day cares until they have received full vaccinations.
- Your puppy is supervised at all times by a qualified dog trainer.
And we do all of this because we firmly believe that early socialization is critical to the healthy, happy development of your puppy. We want your puppy to come Zoom with us – so we pull out all stops to make it as safe as possible for him to do so.
Have all the other dogs at the Zoom Room had their shots?
Yes. We insist upon it and verify each dog’s veterinary records.
What kinds of puppy classes do you offer?
Puppy Preschool, Puppy Obedience, Puppy Agility and Private Puppy Training. The first three are group classes which are ideal as they provide not only instruction but also socialization opportunities. Private sessions are great if you find yourself needing some extra help with obedience or other issues.
What’s Puppy Agility? It sounds fun.
Right you are. Puppy Agility is a chance to socialize your puppy with other puppies, all under the watchful eye of a professional dog trainer, while you and your puppy explore our puppy-sized agility equipment and confidence-building course. There are toys and treats and fun stuff all around the Zoom Room, but we’re pretty sure your puppy will be far too busy making new friends to notice our other amenities. It’s also a great opportunity for scheduling play dates with all your puppy’s pals.
Isn't my puppy too young for agility training?
Our Puppy Agility program is specially designed to focus on balance, coordination and improved communication between you and your puppy. Furthermore, we use custom-designed agility equipment that cannot be found elsewhere; this special equipment allows us to adjust heights. Your puppy will enjoy a fun, safe, low impact form of agility training. We do not recommend serious agility training until your dog has the requisite mental and physical development, which typically begins at one year old. But when he’s still a puppy you can lay down the foundation for excellent agility training with low jumps and the emphasis we place on coordination and communication.
Why is it so important to socialize a puppy?
Early socialization exposes your puppy to a variety of different enrichment experiences at critical periods in his development. This is extremely important to prevent aggression and fear-based behavior problems, with regard to both humans and other dogs, later in his life. Read more about the benefits of early puppy socialization
Can’t I just take my puppy to the dog park?
Before he’s had all of his shots, it is absolutely not safe to bring your puppy to a dog park or to socialize with strange dogs in any uncontrolled environment. As important as early socialization is, it’s just not safe to put his health in jeopardy. It is also extremely important that your puppy’s first experiences with other dogs be positive ones. Just as exposing your puppy to illness is dangerous, it is highly deleterious to your puppy’s later development to expose him to aggressive dogs, especially those not under their owner’s control. At the Zoom Room, all dogs are individually and professionally screened for aggression and their vaccination records checked. All interactions are supervised by professional dog trainers. For the mental and physical well-being of your puppy now and later in life there is simply no comparison to the dog park.
Can you help me housebreak my puppy?
Yes. Puppy Preschool includes instruction on how to implement a housebreaking plan. But no, we don’t do housecalls if that’s what you were wondering...
Will puppy classes cover crate training? Or getting him to stop chewing my shoes?
Yes, all of that and more. Puppy Preschool includes crate training as well as managing unwanted behaviors such as nipping, biting, chewing, barking and other common complaints.