Due to COVID, class sizes are limited and restricted to one (adult) handler per dog. We recommend signing up for class ASAP as there is limited space. Learn more about virtual training, and click here to contact us.

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 18 Weeks Old

Puppy 1: Puppy Primer Class
for Puppies 8-12 Weeks Old*

Four Weeks of 30-Minute In-Person Sessions + Four Group Zoom Meetings

$165

WHO
Puppies who are 8-12 weeks old at their first class, or are between 8-20 weeks old AND will be under 20lbs as adults.

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

WHEN
In-person sessions: Saturdays. We also offer sections on weekdays, occasionally Click here to see the schedule and to register.
Group Zoom sessions: Every other Wednesday at 5:30pm (specific dates are in the class homework portal)
Online curriculum & pre-recorded Zoom sessions: self-paced

WHERE
HDI Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington (coming soon!) and Online via Zoom & 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
This class is focused primarily on working with puppies during their second prime socialization period. They’ll join class between 2-3 months. 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.

From here, you’ll join Puppy 2 when they are between 3 and 5 months old to continue with your solid socialization and training foundation so you don’t miss a beat!

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.
  • An Operation Socialization Puppy Passport to guide you through your socialization progress
  • A “Here to Socialize” bandana for your outings to promote socialization
  • Four weeks of 30-minute group socialization sessions that are narrated and supervised (you can also purchase additional group play sessions each week. Contact us for details.)
  • Four bi-weekly live 30-minute Zoom meetings
  • Access to all previously recorded Zoom sessions
  • Private Facebook Group to network with fellow puppy owners
  • Support and help with common puppy issues like: chewing, biting, house training; crate and confinement area training. We’ll focus more on beginning manners in Puppy 2.
  • 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 four curriculum weeks.

Get the Puppy Class FAQs by clicking here.

Puppy 2: Manners & Socialization Class
for Puppies 12-18 Weeks Old

Four Weeks of 30-Minute In-Person Sessions + Four Group Zoom Meetings

$165

WHO
Puppies between 12-18 weeks old.

If your puppy is going to be under 20lbs as an adult, have them join our Puppy 1 class as long as they are under 20 weeks old. 👈🏽

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

WHEN
In-person sessions: Saturdays. We occasionally offer this class on weekdays, too. Click here to see the schedule and to register.
Group Zoom sessions: every other Wednesday at 5:30pm (specific dates are in the class homework portal)
Online curriculum & pre-recorded Zoom sessions: self-paced

WHERE
HDI Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington (coming soon!) and online via Zoom & Recorded Curriculum.

WHY
Your puppy is learning things at lightning speed, both good and bad – and we’re still not done working on socialization, positive exposure beyond 12 weeks old! 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.

WHAT
This class is a continuation of Puppy 1 for an older group of dogs, starting class between 12-18 weeks old (earlier is better). We’ll start to focus more on beginning manners as well as continued support with common puppy issues.

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 30-minute group socialization sessions that are narrated and supervised (you can also purchase additional group play sessions each week. Contact us for details.)
  • Four bi-weekly live 30-minute Zoom meetings
  • Access to all previously recorded Zoom sessions
  • Private Facebook Group to network with fellow puppy owners
  • 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.

Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence
for Puppies 5-9 Months Old

In-Person Orientation + Weeks of Class

$175

WHO
Dogs between five (5) and nine (9) months old. Too old for Puppy 3? Click here to learn about our Fun Foundation class.

WHEN
Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Click here for current schedule.

WHERE
HDI HeadquartersHDI Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington (coming soon!)

WHY
Is your dog behaving like a teenager? Ignoring you? Suddenly you’re not so cool anymore? Want to work on your training relationship, teach your dog to listen better, and have some fun with them in the process? Maybe they’re not QUITE ready for a super serious “obedience” class, but you still need better manners. We hear you! Puppy 3 is designed to help you survive the “terrible teens”!

This class is designed to funnel into our field trip class “About Town“, which you can take once you’ve completed this six-week class. It’s also the prerequisite for our Agility Series.

WHAT
In this class, you’ll:

  • Learn how to get better, reliable behaviors by using clicker or marker training
  • Work on manners and skills like Stay, Leave It, Come When Called and Loose Leash Walking
  • Pre-agility fun! Work with agility obstacles, new surfaces and fun games
  • Learn new and effective ways to wear your dog out, including mental stimulation
  • Work on cooperative care exercises like nail trimming, etc.
  • Introduce additional reinforcers besides treats!
  • Get continued support with other common behavior problems during your dog’s adolescence
  • Get access to PDF materials online for class
  • Receive a customized Happy Dog Institute clicker and a fun toy for graduation!

Prerequisite: Your puppy must be under nine (9) months old at the start of class.

Get the Puppy Class FAQs by clicking here.

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About Town: Four Weeks of Class
Open Enrollment

$140

WHO
Graduates of Puppy 3 Class (for dogs between 4-9 months) or our Fun Foundation 1 Class (for dogs over 9 months).

WHEN
Schedule varies, click here to see it.

WHERE
Olympia & Tumwater, Washington. Specific locations are TBA. Location examples include Marathon Park, Downtown Olympia’s Boardwalk, the PetWorks, Matchless Brewing, etc.

WHY
Feeling like you need some extra practice after Puppy 3 or Fun Foundation 1? Still needing additional help with loose leash walking, getting that reliable recall, and working around distractions? Want to keep up your momentum and try some “real world” applications? This class will help you “proof” the skills you learned in previous classes in an open-enrollment field trip context. Join anytime when there is room in class, and take four consecutive field trip classes.

WHAT
This four-week class will solidify the skills you learned in our Puppy 3 or Fun Foundation 1 classes. You’ll work on the following skills (field trip locations will depend on the season): loose leash walking, stays, coming when called, meeting other people and dogs appropriately, relaxing in public spaces, handling distractions with ease, and more.

In this class, we will:

  • Learn about the rules of recall and other strategies for helping your dog come to you in the face of temptation
  • Practice working around numerous distractions (think: other dogs, yummy smells, food, etc.).
  • Boost your confidence – and your success rate – in getting your dog to respond to you
  • Help you learn to take your dog for a walk without them walking you
  • Discuss the ins and outs of using – of course! – reward-based training, including reward removal and environmental reinforcers.
  • You’ll also get written class materials in PDF format.

Packages for Puppies Under 18 Weeks Old

Keeping your puppy in classes throughout his first year 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!

Puppy 1 + Puppy 2

Eight Weeks of Group Classes + Online Curriculum + Group Zoom Sessions

$315

If you’re planning for your new puppy, purchase this package and sign them up for class to start when they’re 8-12 weeks old. Taking both the Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 classes will help ensure your puppy grows up to be a fun, loving, and well-mannered dog. Secure your spot in both classes by purchasing a package.

Puppies need to be 8-12 weeks old at their first day of class in order to qualify for this package. If they’re not, contact us for a customized package that fits your needs.

WHAT YOU GET:

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 1 OR Puppy 2  +
Two Hours of Private Training

Four Weeks of Group Classes + Online Content + Two Hours of Private Support

$395

Get some extra support, individualized support through your puppy’s first few months with the Gold Package. This package helps you to stay on track in socialization classes with your pup for his or her primary socialization period. On top of that, you get two hours of individual coaching to help you with the trickier issues like biting, house training, over-stimulation, socialization help, manners – you name it!

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. We will contact you to schedule your individual sessions.

Puppy 1 + Puppy 2 + Puppy 3

$490

Get all three classes in our Puppy Program in one package so you can secure a spot in every class! If you are getting a new puppy at 8 weeks old, let us help you socialize and train your young puppy AND survive the “Terrible Teens” with our three-class series.

Puppies need to be 8-12 weeks old at their first day of class in order to qualify for this package. If they’re not, contact us for a customized package that fits your needs.

WHAT YOU GET:

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.

Training Packages for Adolescent Dogs 5-9 Months Old

Puppy 3 Class + Two Hours of Private Training

$410

This package is for dogs who are starting classes between five and nine months old and who need some extra support for their humans. The goal of this package is to help you not only survive your dog’s adolescence, but thrive during it. We’re here to help you through the “terrible teens”!

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Puppy 3: Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence Class
  • Two hours of private, customized support in-person or via Zoom
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute Clicker
  • Online curriculum content in video and PDF format
  • Customized homework and written materials relevant to our private work together
  • Live in-home working sessions via Zoom or in-person problem-solving support at our office
  • Recordings of our Zoom sessions (if applicable) for your review and records

Please note: once you purchase this package, you’ll have credits on your account to use for class. We recommend using your credit ASAP! We will contact you to schedule your individual coaching sessions.

Five Hours of Private Training

Five Hours of Individual Support + Customized Homework & Materials

$595

Is your adolescent dog driving you completely crazy? If so, we’re here for you! This package includes five hours of individual support that is designed for adolescent dogs who are perpetually testing your patience, offering lots of unwanted behaviors (or ignoring you completely). If class seems like it would be too overwhelming – or like you need something more – we’re here for you.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Five hours of private, customized support in-person or via Zoom
  • Access to online curriculum content in video and PDF format
  • Customized homework and written materials relevant to our private work together
  • Live in-home working sessions via Zoom or in-person problem-solving support at our office
  • Recordings of our Zoom sessions (if applicable) for your review and records

Please note: once you purchase this package, we will contact you to schedule your individual coaching sessions.

Agility Super Start Package for Adolescent Dogs:
Puppy 3 + Agility Fundamentals 1

$300

Hoping to get your busy puppy into our Agility Program? This package combines our Agility Prerequisite – Puppy 3 for dogs between five and nine months old – with our Agility Fundamentals 1 class. It’s a good way to get a taste of agility to see if it’s the sport for you, and save a spot in both classes right away.

If your dog is over 9 months, we also have an “Adult Agility Super Start Package” that includes Fun Foundation instead of Puppy 3.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Please note: once you purchase this package, you’ll have credits on your account to use for each class. You’ll get an email with details.

Private Training Packages for Puppies & Adolescent Dogs

Three Hours of Private Support + Written Homework

$360

Are you struggling with house training (AKA house breaking) your puppy? If you need some help in conjunction with Puppy 1 or Puppy 2, we recommend our “Puppy Silver Package” which includes a class and two hours of support. However, if you’re interested in getting help without class, this is the package for you. We offer this package exclusively as a virtual service so we can get you the best help, and more frequent check-ins during the week as needed. No need for you to come to us for this issue!

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Three hours of private, customized virtual support to optimize our time together
  • Homework, a house training plan and written materials relevant to our private work together
  • Live virtual working sessions via Zoom
  • Recordings of our Zoom sessions (if applicable) for your review and records

Please note: once you purchase this package, we’ll contact you with details and dates to schedule our first session.

“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