Puppy Pre-School

Puppies 7 – 12 weeks old.

Puppy getting treats from a little girl.

Don’t miss this opportunity to positively imprint your puppy! We have Puppy Preschool for those pups between 8 and 12 weeks old who have had at least the first round of vaccinations (with the exception of rabies at this age). Everyone is welcome – kids, adults, those looking for puppies, and anyone who would like to play!

Puppies will learn to accept handling; being brushed, having their nails clipped, being weighed and getting an ear cleaning.

We will also begin obstacle work to build their confidence.

Between 9 – 11 weeks of age is a very sensitive period for puppies.

Puppy Preschool Schedule

Saturdays 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

$18 per class or 1 punch on Class Pass

When your puppy is at or over 12 weeks of age you will proceed to the Puppy Training Class after you’ve attended an Orientation.

Puppy Preschool

Orientation

The next step towards attending group classes is to attend an Orientation. This prerequisite two hour session will provide the information necessary to prepare you for group classes. We will discuss training terms and equipment, dog behavior and socialization, and class structure so that you are able to jump into classes right away. You will receive a packet with the Misty Pines Training Manual as well as other informational materials. Orientations are offered once a month on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9pm. The Orientation is $65, classes are $18 each. Please pre-register via our online store or by calling our office at 412.364.4122. For a list of dates, please click here.

Puppies are welcome at Orientation but are not required to attend. The Orientation is 2 hours of information for you to digest, if you feel that having your puppy present will be a hindrance to your learning process, it may be better to leave your puppy at home. Then again, it is nice to have puppies available for demonstrations.

After attending the Orientation you may begin attending the Puppy Classes at any of the times listed below. Our classes are continuous and held every week. During each class we cover the entire curriculum so if you can’t make it one week for class you don’t need to worry about it, we’ll cover it again next week. Repetition trains, so your goal should be to attend at least one class per week.

Our flexible schedule gives you the ability to come to class when it is convenient for you. This type of schedule also means that when you begin attending class some of the puppies will have already been in the class for 4+ weeks. This provides your younger puppy with older role models and provides the dogs that have been in class new distractions.

All dogs must be current on Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella (Bordetella every 6 months) vaccinations. All pets must have received inoculations at least 5 days prior to their visit to Misty Pines.