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Now offering AKC® S.T.A.R Puppy Certifications! Check out our Puppy Packages that include S.T.A.R. Puppy.

Is your new puppy using you as a chew toy or peeing all over your house? Is your adolescent dog playing keep away or has decided to stop listening to you 99% of the time? Or perhaps they’re an angel but you’ve heard how important early socialization and training is.

Besides helping you maintain your sanity, early training and socialization is essential to helping your puppy grow into an enjoyable, well-rounded dog. And it can prevent common behavior problems like fear-based aggression and anxiety later in life.

Our puppy classes are designed to get you through the first year of your puppy’s life with your sanity in tact. We help you prevent behavior problems, learn how to properly socialize your dog, and resolve common puppy issues with minimal stress and drama.

Group Classes for Puppies Under Five Months

Puppy 1 for Puppies 8-18 Weeks Old

Six Weeks of 40-Minute In-Person Sessions + Online Curriculum

$230

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR (Age requirements)
Puppies between 8-18 weeks old on their first day of class
*If they will be between 18 and 22 weeks old on their start date (even a day over 18 weeks), choose Puppy 2 👉🏽

VACCINATION INFO
Click here for vaccination details and FAQs (and please do!)

WHEN
In-person sessions: Saturdays or Mondays. Click here to see the schedule and to register.
Online curriculum & pre-recorded Zoom sessions: self-paced

WHERE
HDI Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington and Online via Recorded Curriculum.

WHY
You’ve probably that heard that socializing your puppy is essential to prevent future behavior problems. But, what does that even mean? How do we ensure that we do it well, and strategically, versus inadvertently traumatizing them? How do we ensure that we are catching early signs of potential issues and preventing bad habits before they arise? That’s a lot of pressure. That’s what we’re here for!

WHAT
Your puppy is learning things at lightning speed, both good and bad – and we’re still not done working on socialization, positive exposure! This means it’s the best and most important time to lay a strong foundation that will stay with him for the rest of his life, and onto Puppy 3.

This class is focused primarily on working with puppies during their prime socialization period. They’ll join class between 2-4 months, ideally as early as possible. We’ll also work to prevent common behavior issues that crop up including play biting, house training, etc. from the moment you bring them home.

Puppy 1 includes:

  • An online video orientation to prepare for your class.
  • Online video curriculum and materials in PDF format, including a trusty Socialization Checklist to guide you through the first year with your pup.
  • Six weeks of 40-minute group socialization sessions that are narrated and supervised
  • Access to all previously recorded Zoom sessions
  • Support and help with common puppy issues like: chewing, biting, house training; crate and confinement area training.
  • Support and help with common puppy issues like: chewing, biting, house training; crate and confinement area training; basic manners including walking on a leash, appropriate people greetings, settling nicely on their bed, sitting, laying down, stays, recall.
  • Socialization: We’re not just talking about getting around other dogs here. We’re talking about socialization around adults and children, noises, different floor surfaces – the list goes on. Each week has a theme, and no matter when you join class you’ll get all six curriculum weeks.

Get the Puppy Class FAQs by clicking here.

Puppy 2 for Puppies 18-22 Weeks Old

Four Weeks of 40-Minute In-Person Sessions + Online Curriculum

$175

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR (Age requirements)
Puppies between 18-22 weeks old on their first day of class.

PREREQUISITE
None.

VACCINATION INFO
Click here for vaccination details and FAQs (and please do!).

WHEN
In-person sessions: Saturdays or Mondays. Click here to see the schedule and to register.
Online curriculum & pre-recorded Zoom sessions: self-paced

WHERE
HDI Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington and Online via Recorded Curriculum.

WHY
If you are getting started with puppy class a bit later and need something to tide you over before Puppy 3 class, then you’ve found it!

WHAT
This class is a shorter version of our Puppy 1 for an older group of dogs, starting class between 18-22 weeks old (earlier is better). Because older puppies age out of Puppy 1 a bit more quickly, we’ve created a shorter version so you can still join class!

Puppy 2 includes:

  • An online video orientation to prepare for your class.
  • Online video curriculum and materials in PDF format, including a trusty Socialization Checklist to guide you through the first year with your pup.
  • Four weeks of 40-minute group socialization sessions that are narrated and supervised.
  • Access to all previously recorded Zoom sessions
  • Support and help with common puppy issues like: chewing, biting, house training; crate and confinement area training; basic manners including walking on a leash, appropriate people greetings, settling nicely on their bed, sitting, laying down, stays, recall.
  • Socialization: We’re not just talking about getting around other dogs here. We’re talking about socialization around adults and children, noises, different floor surfaces – the list goes on.

Get the Puppy Class FAQs by clicking here.

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NEW! Puppies About Town Field Trip Class for Graduates of Puppy 1 or Puppy 2

Four Weeks of Class

$175

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR
Dogs who have graduated Puppy 1 or Puppy 2 and are current on vaccinations

Is your dog too old for these classes? Click here to learn about our classes for dogs over five months old.

PREREQUISITE
Puppy 1 or Puppy 2

WHEN
Schedule varies. Click here for current schedule.

WHERE
Olympia & Tumwater, Washington. Specific locations are TBA and you’ll need to check the homework portal after registering for location dates.

Location examples include Marathon Park, Downtown Olympia’s Boardwalk, the PetWorks, Matchless Brewing, etc.

WHY & WHAT
For continued socialization, of course! Making sure our puppies have lots of positive exposure in the part of their lives is vital. Plus, this class will give you an excuse to get out of the house and help maintain sanity while waiting for Puppy 3 to start!

In this class, we will:

    • Practice exposing your puppy safely to numerous new stimuli (think: new surfaces, sounds, sights, smells, kids, dogs…the list goes on!).
    • Boost your socialization chops by utilizing positive exposure to new places
    • Help you learn to work at your puppy’s pace and help them build confidence.
    • Discuss the ins and outs of using – of course! – reward-based training.
Getting your puppy into classes early will have a huge impact on your training success, socialization, and the prevention of behavior problems in the future. Purchasing them in packages will save you money, too!

Non-CGC Packages for Puppies Under 18 Weeks Old

Puppy 1 + Puppies About Town Class

Ten Weeks of Group Classes + Online Content

$385

Want a series of classes but not interested in the S.T.A.R. Puppy certification? This package helps you to stay on track in socialization classes with your pup for his or her primary socialization period. All breeds are welcome to go through this program.

Puppies need to be 8-18 weeks old at their first day of class in order to qualify for this package.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Please note: Once you purchase this package, you can either register for classes yourself via our online system. Credits will be applied to your account. We recommend signing up for both classes at the same time so you can take them back-to-back and secure your spot in class.

Puppy 2 + Puppy 3

Ten Weeks of Group Classes  + Online Content

$395

Survive your dog’s teenhood and save some money at the same time. If you have a puppy between 18 and 22 weeks old, let us help you survive the “terrible teens” with this two-class series.

Puppies need to be 18-22 weeks old at their first day of class in order to qualify for this package.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Please note: Once you purchase this package, you can either register for classes yourself via our online system. Credits will be applied to your account. We recommend signing up for both classes at the same time so you can take them back-to-back and secure your spot in class.

CGC (S.T.A.R. Puppy) Packages for Puppies Under 18 Weeks Old

Puppy 1 + AKC® S.T.A.R Puppy Certification

Six Weeks of Group Classes + Online Content + AKC® S.T.A.R Puppy Certification

$300

We’re now offering AKC Certifications, including the S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an excellent first in-person training class for puppies. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy provides a good lead-in to earning the Canine Good Citizen title.

This package helps you to stay on track in socialization classes with your pup for his or her primary socialization period. All breeds are welcome to go through this program. For more information on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, click here. Please note that you will need to register with the AKC to participate in this program.

Puppies need to be 8-18 weeks old at their first day of class in order to qualify for this package. If they’re not and you’re still interested in a S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification, contact us for a customized package that fits your needs.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Puppy 1 Class
  • Access to all content, videos, and PDF materials for class
  • AKC® S.T.A.R. Puppy test + certification (assuming all requirements are met)
  • An AKC® S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal + certificate of completion (you will need to send a check for $15 along with your registration to receive these items)
  • A small West Paw Toppl® + food toy filler
  • Starter treats to use in class

Please note: Once you purchase this package, you can either register for classes yourself via our online system. Credits will be applied to your account. We recommend signing up for both classes at the same time so you can take them back-to-back and secure your spot in class.

“I have put two pups through the first set of their classes and am in love with the way Emma trains owners and dogs. Hope to be doing some more classes soon!”

—Angie, Max & Bailey