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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.

Now offering AKC® S.T.A.R Puppy Certifications! Contact us for details and to sign up.

Group Classes for Puppies Under 23 Weeks Old

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

$230

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR (Age requirements)
Puppies between 8-16 weeks old on their FIRST DAY of class

*If they will be OVER 16 weeks old on their first day of class, please sign up for Puppy Life Skills instead 👉🏽
View the schedule to check enrollment availability.

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.

WHERE
HDI Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington.

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 future classes.

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 Primer includes:

  • An online video orientation to prepare for your class.
  • Online 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.
  • 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.

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

$230

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR (Age requirements)
Puppies between 16-23 weeks old on their FIRST DAY of class.

*If they will be OVER 23 weeks old on their first day of class, please sign up for a different class. View the schedule to check enrollment availability.

PREREQUISITE
None.

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

WHEN
In-person sessions: Saturdays. Click here to see the schedule and to register.

WHERE
HDI Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington.

WHY
If you are getting started with puppy class a bit later and need help with your rapidly-growing puppy, then you’ve found it!

WHAT
Do you need help with your puppy who seems to be growing up faster than you thought possible? Do you need help YESTERDAY? We hear you.

Puppy Life Skills includes:

  • An online video orientation to prepare for your class.
  • Online 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. Please note that this class does not include off-leash playtime, due to the nature of pre-adolescent puppies.
  • Support and help with common puppy issues like: chewing, biting, house training; crate and confinement area training; impulse-control, etc.
  • 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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Four Weeks of Class

$175

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR
Dogs who have graduated Puppy Primer (Puppy 2) or Puppy Life Skills (Puppy 2) and are current on vaccinations. If they are a little over 23 weeks when they start class, that’s okay. We aim for dogs who are under six months to join this class.

PREREQUISITE
Puppy Primer (previously Puppy 1) or Puppy Life Skills (previously 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 Focus & Control for Teens (Previously 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!

Packages for Puppies Under 23 Weeks Old

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Puppy Primer + Puppies About Town Class

Ten Weeks of Group Classes + Online Content

$395

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 8-16 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.

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Puppy Life Skills + Focus & Control for Teens

Twelve Weeks of Group Classes  + Online Content

$460

Survive your dog’s teenhood and save some money at the same time. If you have a puppy between 16 and 23 weeks old, let us help you survive the “terrible teens” with this two-class series.

Puppies need to be 16-23 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.

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Puppy Primer + Puppies About Town + Focus & Control for Teens

16 Weeks of Group Classes  + Online Content

$600

Good for you, you’re planning ahead and not skimping on socialization opportunities! With this package, you’ll get that puppy into Puppy Primer class when they’re super cute and little and in their socialization prime. Then, you’ll bridge the gap with some fun field trips, Puppies About Town.

Finally, when they turn into a teenager and start blowing you off, come back for our “Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence” class, Focus & Control for Teens Class.

If you have a puppy between 8 and 26 weeks old (the younger the better, but be sure to keep them home for a week before coming to class), and you know you want to optimize socialization (again, good for you), choose this package!

Puppies need to be 8-16 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.

“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