Puppy Kindergarten and playgroups

Puppy looking up attentively

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 multiple locations, plus a new virtual seminar for new or soon-to-be puppy owners. Puppy Playgroups take place in Golden Valley only.

Children are allowed to attend Puppy Kindergarten and Playgroups, as long they're accompanied by an adult. All students are required to wear a mask indoors.  

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.


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.

See class times and Purchase a Pass  

Puppy Playgroups

Playgroups take place each week at our Golden Valley location. Space is limited! Please preregister at the link below. Online registration opens the day prior to each playgroup.

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

See Playgroup times and register  


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 four months old or older should be current on their rabies and bordetella vaccinations as well.


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

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline