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Dog playgroups

We offer a number of playgroups and socialization opportunities for your pet at our Golden Valley location. See the schedule for details.


Small Dog Playgroup on Saturday at 9:00am is a mixed-age group for dogs that are 20 lbs. and under.

Featherweight Playgroup on Saturday at 11:15am is a mixed-age group for dogs under 10 lbs. Occasionally we allow larger shy dogs into this group as well.

Puppy Playgroup on Saturday at 10:30am is a group for puppies under 4 months of age. If your puppy is under 10 lbs, please start with Featherweight Playgroup first, before coming to Puppy Playgroup.

Tween Puppy Playgroup on Saturday at 9:45am is a group for dogs ages 4 to 6 months whose play style has matured beyond regular puppy play but who are not quite ready for Teen Puppy.

Teen Puppy Playgroup on Sunday at 12:00pm and 12:45pm is a group for adolescent dogs ages 6 to 12 months who play well with other dogs. Due to the boisterous nature of adolescent play, this group is not appropriate for toy breeds. Toy breeds are welcome at our small dog playgroups.

Cost per session: $10 for the general public; $7 for current students
Playgroup punchcards (6 sessions total) can be purchased at $50 for non-students/$35 for current students.

Some reminders

Staff supervision is an important element of our playgroups. We want to educate you about appropriate play and keep your pet safe. Please follow all staff directions. 

All dogs coming to playgroups must arrive and be checked in within the first 15 minutes of the session. Dogs arriving after the first 15 minutes will not be allowed in. This is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all dogs that come to play. There is a limited amount of space in playgroups so it will be on a first come first served basis. When the room is full, all other dogs will be turned away. 

If it is your first time to a playgroup, please arrive a few minutes early in order to have your dog’s vaccinations checked and fill out the necessary paperwork. You can print and fill out our waiver ahead of time. 

Note for Golden Valley classes: classes on the hour (:00) are in the Multi-purpose room. Please enter at the rear of the building. For classes at quarter after the hour (:15), please enter at the front of the building and proceed to the Auditorium.

All dogs must bring proof of current vaccinations:
We require distemper/parvo for all dogs.
If your dog is 3 mos or older, we also need rabies and bordetella.
If you are unsure about your dog's vaccinations, please call ahead at (763) 489-2217.

Pottying your dog before playgroup is essential! We recommend toileting your dog before you get in the car, and also after you arrive. Leave enough time for your pet to relax enough to eliminate, using our Pet Exercise areas only. Feeding your pet after playgroup rather than before can reduce the number of poop accidents. Owners of dogs that mark must bring their pets in a belly band or sani-panties. We will stop all play while you clean up after your pet’s accident. Help us keep accidents to a minimum.

Staff dogs are dogs that belong to our instructors or volunteers, have outstanding social skills with other dogs and have shown an aptitude for helping other dogs with developing social skills learn how to behave in a group. These dogs may be large, medium, or small, but they are there because they serve an important function.

Questions? Call the Training School at 763-489-2217 or click here to email.