Let us help get your puppy started on the right paw!
Our Puppy class is on Tuesdays at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 7pm at our location in Minooka.
Puppy class is a drop in class and is included for free in our Group Class Memberships, Freedom Dog and our Dream Dog programs for puppies between 2-5 months old. Puppy class is not included in our Online Membership.
Veterinary records required for attending: Puppies must have a negative fecal (including being negative for giardia and coccidia) within 30 days of attending their first puppy class. They must also have at least one distemper/parvo combo vaccination. Rabies shot by 16 weeks old.
What do we do in Puppy Class?
Socialization & Exposure
- socialization with other people, puppies and adult dogs (our adult dogs help with puppies!)
- exposure to different surfaces (concrete, gravel, grass, sandpaper, plastic, rugs...). It's important puppies are comfortable walking on different surfaces
- exposure to different objects: kiddy pool with balls, fun tunnels, agility tables, strollers, toys, tools, sounds, umbrellas...
This is a fun and awesome video I put together over 5 years ago. I had three puppies in at the same time (a rarity indeed!). We did some fun sessions playing with the agility tunnel and they loved it!
This was when my company was known as Great Pet Vacations but I changed my name to Freedom Dog Training three years as I shifted to doing much more training than boarding.
The ball pit is a great activity to build confidence with your puppy and get them using their nose. For some puppies we start with an empty pool, teach then food is in the pool and the slowly add in balls over time.
It also teaches your puppy about different surfaces, objects and creates a positive experience for your puppy, plus a lot of fun!
Handling, Grooming and Vet skills
- working on handling skills: touch feet, ears, mouth, body, tail...
- learning to be comfortable with grooming and vet skills: nail trimming, ear cleaning, brushing, gentle restraining, doing mock vet exams...
- your puppy paying attention to you
- teaching your puppy when to pay attention to you and when they can interact with others
- basic shaping and capturing of sit, down, mat and come: get your puppy thinking and working with you
This is 4 month old Vinny. We're doing his second session of Say Yes and we're working mostly on steps 1 & 2 with a little but of step 3 thrown in.
Even with another dog nearby he's more interested in working with me than playing with Rio and both he and Rio love to play. What a great job Vinny!
This is 3 month old Dozer. He's been training here for a few days and loves doing training. We were outside doing some social and threw in a quick training session with him.
Here I'm introducing him to a new object to get on, the agility table. At the end you can see he's ready for more when he tries to run up the dog walk. He's a fun pup!
- We teach the TBTE Relaxation Triad. Three different ways to teach your puppy how to actively learn how to relax not just when they are tired.
- The three activities are:
- the TBTE Behavioral Down (teaching your puppy to find deep relaxation)
- DRR (using food to teach relaxation) and
- Conditioned Relaxation (a deep massage like technique that relaxes the mind by relaxing the body)
This is Cooper. When he came into training two weeks ago, he was very hyperactive and could not be calm around other dogs. We've worked on DRR and BDs during his training.
He's now able to be relaxed with other dogs around and even with a dog walking on the treadmill. Good job Cooper!