WHERE PUPPIES COME TO PLAY AND LEARN
For Puppies up to 7 months old
Puppies are special. They are cute, cuddly, a ton of fun and a ton of work! They need a careful balance of exercise, training and guidance to develop into confident, well behaved adults. Our unique puppy preschool program, designed for puppies between 10 weeks and 7 months of age, provides a combination of exercise, socialization and training. Pups in preschool will spend their day participating in small, well supervised playgroups with other puppies, and learning basic cues and skills all under the guidance of one of our certified trainers. Puppy parents will also get a ton of support and information so they can learn how to continue the socialization and training at home; including daily report cards and homework and discounts on group puppy classes. Puppy preschool is open M-F from 6:30 am-6:30 pm and is a service that puppies attend WITHOUT their puppy parent. Scroll down to enroll your puppy in preschool. If you are interested in attending a weekend puppy class WITH your puppy please click here for more information on puppy classes.
The puppy preschool curriculum has been designed by our team of certified trainers and represents the goals we have found most important to owners and to raising a confident, polite family member through our years of observing dog behavior and teaching puppy classes.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING GOALS
Build great play and dog/dog communication skills through short trainer monitored play sessions with other puppies.
Build confidence and alone time skills through crate training, while focusing on building positive associations with the crate and gradually increasing alone time.
Build confidence and positive associations to a wide variety of surfaces, objects and situations.
Build confidence and positive associations to different types of body handling and grooming procedures including collar handling, nail trimming and breed appropriate grooming tools.
Build confidence and positive associations towards sharing resources through food bowl exercises, object exchanges and a drop cue.
Properly modifying puppy mouthing in a manner designed to teach a soft mouth through puppy play, appropriate feedback from humans and learning a controlled tug game with rules.
LIFE SKILLS/CUE BASED LEARNING GOALS
Assist with proper chew training by providing appropriate chew toys and games.
Work towards eliminating jumping up by teaching
appropriate greeting manners like a strong hand target
(say hi) and default sit.
Work on leash manners and a heel cue
Teach a strong sit cue
Teach a strong down cue
Teach owner relevance through attention games and a great recall cue
Work on impulse control by teaching leave it and wait
OWNER PARTNERSHIP GOALS
Puppy training is a constant process (if your pup is awake they are learning). Our preschool aims to set owners up with great information and opportunities so that puppies get all the practice they need to develop into stable, well mannered adults. Pups in the preschool will receive daily report cards and homework. In addition owners will get unlimited email/phone support for answers to all puppy related questions. Any puppy who attends 4 or more days of preschool in total will also receive 25% off any puppy or adult dog class (a $35 value) so that you can work towards the best possible dog!
PUPPY SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
Part of puppy success comes from providing the right toys, chews and tools. All puppies who enroll in preschool will be required to bring the following supplies
1. A properly fitted front clip harness such as an Easy Walk Harness or Wonder Walker (need help with fitting, just ask!)
2. A puppy safe chew bone such as a bully stick or antler
3. A package of high value treats (not sure what to get, just ask!)
3. A daily lunch or snack for re-fueling after hard play and learning
4. A work to eat puzzle such as a Kong for lunchtime (not sure what to get, just ask!)
Preschool starter packs are available for purchase for $60. They include a Dog Spot recommended walking harness, chew antler, work to eat puzzle, bag of high value treats, a bottle of Nature's Miracle and a 25% discount coupon for any training class (a $35 value).
A typical day of adult daycare costs anywhere between $30 to $36 per day depending on the facility. Typical puppy training costs $150 for a 6 week class up to $1000 for private instruction. Puppy preschool combines both services into one convenient value and gives your puppy the advantage of regular one on one work with an experienced certified trainer.
Rates are based on a pass plan. Daily rates include all play and training. Passes are valid for the duration of puppy preschool. Any leftover passes when your puppy graduates from preschool at 7 months will be converted into credit towards adult daycare, training or product.
1 day pass: $50.00
5 day pass: $235.00 ($47.50 per day)
10 day pass: $430.00 ($43.00 per day)
For owners enrolling 2 puppies the first puppy will follow the rates above and the second puppy will be $33 per day. For owners who already have an adult dog enrolled in regular daycare your puppy will pay the rates above but your adult will pay the additional dog charge of $18 per day
Boarding: $10 per night in addition to one preschool pass (for example owners with a 5 day pass will pay $57.50). Puppy preschool is not meant to be a board and train program but rather a collaboration between The Dog Spot and owners to raise a confident and polite puppy. However, we are happy to care for and continue your pups training while you go on vacation. There is no official preschool on the weekend but your puppy is still welcome to board and will either go home with a staff member or be paired with appropriate adult dogs on a case by case basis depending on the age/skills of your pup.
To ensure the safety and health of your pet and our other guests, we require all guests to comply with the following rules and regulations.
AGE: Puppies between the ages of 10 weeks and 7 months are eligible for preschool.
END OF PUPPY HOOD: Puppies are considered adults at 7 months and will be eligible to transfer into our regular daycare providing they have been spayed or neutered AND that there is space in their appropriate sized play group.
RESERVATIONS: The Dog Spot staff believes that the best situation is a small number of puppies receiving the greatest amount of care and attention. In order to ensure our numbers do not exceed 12 puppies per day all puppies must have a reservation or regular schedule to be in preschool. Cancellations with less than 24 hour notice will be charged full fees.
VACCINATIONS: All puppies must have at least 2 sets of vaccinations to begin preschool and must show proof that they are following their veterinary recommended booster series. Owners must submit written proof of DHLPP and Bordatella vaccinations (at least 7 days prior to attending) and at least 1 fecal test. Rabies is required for puppies by 7 months of age.
HEALTH: All puppies must be in good health. Owners will certify their puppies are in good health and have not been ill with a communicable condition in the last 30 days. Upon admission all puppies must be free from any condition that could potentially jeopardize themselves or other guests. Puppies that have been ill with a communicable condition in the last 30 days will require veterinarian certification of health to be admitted or re-admitted. Puppies who become ill while in daycare will be isolated until their owners can come to pick them up.
BEHAVIOR: Almost all puppy behaviors can be modified with proper training and socialization. Shy, overly assertive or food/toy protective puppies will be worked with to help overcome these issues. In the rare case of a puppy with behaviors where daycare may be detrimental such as extreme shyness or toy protectiveness we will work with you to come up with an in-home behavior modification program until your pup is ready to return to daycare.