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Puppy Kindergarten

Socializing and Training your Puppy

This is a 6-week class designed to cover the basics of puppy training and care. (Puppies are between 8 weeks and 6 months of age). Puppy Classes are in Boise and the Treasure Valley area.

The initial focus of these classes is to provide intensive socializing opportunities and exercises for the puppies to encourage a sense of confidence and to reduce fear. A properly socialized puppy will become a pet you will feel safe having around children of all ages, adults of different sizes, and dogs of various breeds and dispositions. If you successfully socialize your puppy at this young age, many of the problems that can develop (biting, barking, timidity, fear, aggression, lack of impulse control) may never present; but if they do, they can be contained and addressed in a supervised setting. Proper socializing will create a happy, confident and well-adjusted pup.

The Best Puppy Kindergarten Classes in Boise and Ada County

We also do intense attention and focus exercises to help you gain more control. Once you have your puppy’s attention you’ll be better able to manage his or her behavior. We work on all basic obedience skills using gentle and positive methods. We teach the puppies to respond to visual or hand cues as well as verbal commands.

Lastly, we will focus on behavioral issues that are prevalent in puppies, like biting, chewing, and jumping. We help you with crate training and potty training, and cover the basics and the science of canine behavior. You leave the class a very knowledgeable dog parent with the ability to help your pup redirect its instinctive behaviors in appropriate and acceptable ways.


Puppies 3 – 6 months must have the second full set of vaccinations to attend.* All other ages must be current on all necessary vaccinations Class is over a period of 6 weeks, consisting of 1-hour sessions (Discounts given to shelter dogs and rescues).**

Many new puppy owners are concerned about their puppy being exposed to puppy diseases like Parvo and Distemper. These are only passed through the feces of unvaccinated dogs. If there is ever an “accident” in puppy class, all the dogs are picked up, the accident is cleaned and disinfected, and then the puppies are put back down.

There has never been a report of a puppy getting one of the diseases mentioned above in any K9 Principles Dog Training class. It is crucially important to socialize puppies at a very early age. Experts and veterinarians are stressing the importance of early socializing to reduce behavioral problem later in the dog’s life. If you have any concerns about this, please contact Lou Goaziou directly at (208) 971-6229.