Puppy Kindergarten and Playgroups

In response to COVID-19, AHS is working to safely resume services in phases.

Currently, our seminar for new puppy parents is available online, and puppy kindergarten is available online and in-person.

If you have questions, please call us at 763-489-2217.

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Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy Playgroups are an important part of socialization and helping your new family member gain confidence and learn new skills. Training your dog early, and including everyone in the family, is a key component in bringing out the best in your best friend.

We offer a number of Kindergarten classes in four different locations, plus a new virtual seminar for new or soon-to-be puppy owners. Puppy Playgroups take place at Golden Valley and University Avenue only.

Puppy course descriptions and registration

Virtual All About Puppies Seminar

This free, live webinar takes new or soon-to-be puppy owners through puppy development, explaining what to expect at each stage. Topics include puppy play, enrichment, and preventing unwanted behaviors, like mouthing and jumping.

The content of the webinar compliments information in our in-person group puppy classes and provides a great start for anyone who has recently brought a puppy home or is considering doing so. We recommend attending this free seminar prior to Puppy Kindergarten or Playgroups.

Register for a seminar

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten is the first step in training your new puppy. Open to dogs 18 weeks old and younger, this class will introduce your puppy to new people and new situations. We also can help with common roadblocks, such as house training, crate training, puppy biting or mouthing, and more.

Prerequisites

Before enrolling please watch our Introduction to Dog Training video, where you'll learn more about our program. We also recommend attending the free Virtual All About Puppies Seminar.

Note: In response to COVID-19, we have implemented several new safety protocols. Please be aware that only one person (over 18 years of age) may attend class with their dog and a face mask must be worn at all times. You will also be asked to complete a brief health screening upon entry.

See class times and Purchase a Pass  

Puppy Playgroups

Playgroups take place Monday evenings at University Avenue and Saturday mornings at Golden Valley. Space is limited! Please preregister at the link below. Online registration opens on Sunday for University Avenue playgroups and on Friday for Golden Valley.

Cost: $10/session for students and $15/session for non-students

Note: In response to COVID-19, we have implemented several new safety protocols. Please be aware that only one person (over 18 years of age) may attend class with their dog and a face mask must be worn at all times. You will also be asked to complete a brief health screening upon entry.

See Playgroup times and register  

Vaccinations

All pets should be kept current on vaccinations in accordance with their pet's licensed veterinarian's recommendations. At minimum, puppies attending kindergarten or playgroups should have started their distemper/parvo series, and puppies age three months old or older should be current on their rabies and bordetella vaccinations as well.

Questions?

Review our Training School FAQ, call us at 763-489-2217, or send us a message.

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