Puppy Training Classes

(8-20 Weeks Old)

Start Training Your Puppy NOW to

Prevent Behavior Issues Later

Current research shows that the most important time for puppy socialization is the first four months of life. It’s critical that your puppy is exposed to a lot of new experiences during this developmental phase, so enroll your pup as early as 8 weeks old.

Puppy Group Class

Topics Include:

  • Socialization
  • Potty Training
  • Basic Manners
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Chewing
  • Play Biting
  • Barking
  • And Much More….

Puppy Start Right Preschool

For ages 8-14 weeks

Puppy Start Right Preschool is open enrollment, so you can immediately enroll your pup as early as eight weeks! This course will give you the knowledge and foundation to help your puppy blossom into an excellent adult dog companion. We will cover socialization, how to shape appropriate puppy behaviors, and how to prevent future behavior problems. This class is divided into four themes. Get lifetime access to an Online Puppy Start Right Couse with detailed handouts and Step-by-step video tutorials. 

Puppy Start Right Weekly Themes include

  • Health and Handling
  • Wheels and Children’s Toys
  • Obstacles and Sounds
  • Costumes and Appearances

*Learn more about socialization from American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. 

Monday at 9:00 am in Huntington Beach

Open Enrollment- Ongoing class (4 consecutive weeks): $200
(First of 4 classes begins the moment you show up to your first class)

Puppy Kindergarten

For ages 10-20 weeks

Six-week class. Open enrollment

Puppy Kindergarten introduces your puppy to basic manners and gives your puppy  the self-confidence and social skills they need to be a well-mannered dog you can be proud of.

We’ll begin work on foundation behaviors such as sit, down, settle, come when called, leave it, drop and even loose leash walking.  We touch on problem prevention such as: chewing, biting, jumping up, and house training. But most importantly, we’ll emphasize socialization that “vaccinates” your pup against adult behavior problems.

*After completion of Puppy K-1, puppies are eligible to take the American Kennel Club S. T. A. R. Puppy Test at no additional cost. Read more from the AKC about this valuable program.

Monday at 9:00 am in Huntington Beach

Open Enrollment- Ongoing class (6 consecutive weeks): $250

Canine Learning Academy’s Puppy Classes for young puppies 8-20 weeks are a great way to set your puppy up for success.

You get a certified trainer that specializes in young puppies, as your instructor. Our puppy classes will set your puppy up for a lifetime of success.

Our puppy classes are excellent for building communication between you and your puppy and achieving the behavior you want from your puppy. These classes set the foundation for a lifelong partnership between you and your puppy based on mutual understanding and trust.

In class, we will teach you how to safely and positively socialize your puppy using a positive approach to problem-solving, prevention, and training without force.Set your puppy up for a lifetime of success by signing up for puppy class today.

Puppy Drop-In’s

Puppy Social Drop-in

For ages 8-20 weeks

Positive puppy play can be vital to learning for some young dogs. Appropriate play can teach young puppies to be comfortable with other dogs, people, and new environments. In this class, enthusiastic puppies will learn to tone down their interactions when appropriate, and reserved pups become more confident. Developing confidence and good social skills during puppyhood sets the foundation for a friendly and well-behaved adult dog.

We provide an environment where puppies feel safe and have fun! Our expert trainers will answer puppy parenting questions, so come ready to play and learn too!

Available for current puppy students enrolled in Puppy Start Right or Puppy Kindergarten.

Begins in May 2023

Social & Enrichment drop-in class- $25

Puppy Enrichment Drop-in

For ages 8-20 weeks and older

Is your puppy shy or nervous about meeting new people or new dogs?

In this class, we provide safe and fun exposure to various things. To build their confidence, we will slowly introduce skateboards, unusual scents, atypical surfaces, people wearing various clothing, children, noisemakers, food puzzles, pre-recorded sounds, and more each class!

No specific behaviors, like sit or down, are taught in this class. It’s all about encouraging your puppy to be brave & explore!

Available for current puppy students enrolled in Puppy Start Right or Puppy Kindergarten.

Begins in May 2023

Social & Enrichment drop-in class- $25

Important Puppy Class Requirements


Healthy Puppies

Your puppy must have completed their first round of DHLPP shots at least 7 days prior to your first class. Please provide us with a copy of your dog’s current vaccination records.

Safe and Healthy

We are extremely careful when it comes to keeping everything sanitized daily to keep all our puppy clients safe and healthy. Our classroom is disinfected before and after each class, and shoes must be disinfected or covered to enter.

Ready for a well-behaved puppy? Enroll now and start training today!

Not sure which class is for you? Schedule a call with one of our certified trainers.

3 Easy Steps

to Begin:

1. Select a Class Pass
2. Enroll in a Class
3. Attend Orientation

1. Selecting a Class Pass 

With our Class Pass system, you can choose the class you want to attend and select the class from the schedule. Many of our classes are open enrollment, so you can start anytime and don’t have to wait until the next series starts up again. We even have one-day workshop classes so you can attend class as frequently as possible or skip a week or two when life gets busy. This way,  you can master the skills that are specifically important to you.

Book your classes in advance to secure your spot. Most classes are limited in size. 

*If no class pass is available, it will be noted in the class description.

or Enroll with a Class Membership

Our all-inclusive dog training membership ensures you get access to all the training your dog needs.

Membership includes access to:

  • All of our puppy classes and socials
  • Manners & Life Skills 1 & 2
  • Advance Manners 
  • Single-day (75 min) workshops
  • Tricks 1 & 2
  • Parkour
  • Cooperative Care
  • and more…

Our membership is essentially an unlimited all-access pass to the group training classes (virtual and in-person). Our memberships work similarly to a gym membership ― you pay for time, not courses.

Class Membership includes access to the dog training community, training resources, step-by-step tutorial videos, and invitations to field trips and workshop classes.

Monthly Membership Options

*auto-pay subscription

2. Enroll in Class

Once you’ve chosen your class and purchased a class pass or membership, you can schedule the class you want to attend. 

3. Orientation

Before class begins, read or watch our orientation video so you know what to expect and learn how we’ll approach positive reinforcement dog training. You’ll get all the information you need to know before bringing your dog to its first class. 

Is your Puppy over five months old?

Check out our Manners & Life Skills Classes for dogs of all ages.


Why should I start training my puppy early on?

A puppy’s “socialization” window closes at about 14-16 weeks. Before 16 weeks, puppies are more curious and willing to try new experiences and create positive associations. After 16 weeks, puppies may become more cautious, and novel experiences may be more challenging.

Young puppies do best with puppies closest to their age and are less likely to be overwhelmed behaviorally. Puppy Preschool & Kindergarten are designed to facilitate positive exposures, address normal puppy behaviors, and prevent the development of behavior problems. The primary focus of these classes is exposure to people, novelty, and working around other dogs. This class is designed to set you and your puppy up for success with housetraining, enrichment activities, communication with one another, and life skills such as leash walking, coming when called, etc.

What makes your program different?

As always our methods are 100% force free and positive reinforcement based! Unlike other boarding and training programs out there, we will not put a shock collar on your dog, EVER! We get results by teaching your dog what you’d like them to do and make those things what your dog wants to do! So not only is your furry friend a well behaved pup, but they are loving every minute of it! It’s a win-win!

What are your health and safety practices?

Health and safety is of upmost importance to us at Canine Learning Academy. We do everything in our power to maintain a clean, safe, and healthy environment for our students.

Puppies must be current on all of their vaccinations, at all times, and provide proof of vaccinations throughout enrollment. This includes DHPP, Bordetella and Rabies.

Puppies must also be free of any parasites and provide proof of clear fecal test results.

In addition, every puppy must pass a health check each morning before admittance for the class is granted. During the health check, puppies are examined closely for hot spots, rashes, fleas, and other signs that may indicate a health concern like red eyes, a runny nose, inflamed gums, bacteria on the paws, etc. Any puppy exhibiting a potential health concern will not be allowed to attend class until the problem is resolved. This is in the best interest of the sick puppy and every other student in class, in order to maintain the healthiest environment possible.  

We use a special puppy-friendly rubber floor that lessens the stress on a growing pup’s joints and provides softer padding when puppies are playing and training.

What can I expect to learn in class?

Every class will include periods of settling, learning new skills, practicing handling exercises, exploring novel props, and playing with similarly aged and sized puppies. We keep our class sizes small (4-8 students) to ensure each team gets plenty of guidance from our teachers and class assistants!

What is covered in Puppy Kindergarten?

What We’ll be covering all of your puppy priorities:

Basic training: We’ll show you how to teach all of the basics and give you real-world applications for your everyday life.

Socialization: We’ll give you practical strategies for socializing your puppy to the world so they grow up to be a polite canine citizen.

Potty training: Receive written instructions for effectively teaching your puppy to potty in appropriate places and save your carpets!

Independence training: Receive written instructions for how to begin leaving your dog home alone safely & comfortably.

Bite Inhibition: We’ll help you understand your puppy’s “bite phase” and prevent those nips that hurt!

Safe handling: We’ll show you how to ensure your puppy enjoys being handled for safe vet visits, grooming appointments, and nail trims.

Relaxation training: We’ll give you strategies for teaching your puppy to chill out so you can get the day’s tasks done.

Crate training: Receive written instructions on how to teach your puppy to like being in the crate for chilling out and alone time.

And more…

What is the age limit?

We enroll puppies in these classes as young as 8 weeks old. There are no size or breed restrictions 🙂

What kind of on-going training do I get?

The best part about being part of the Canine Learning Academy family is we can provide on-going support for your dog’s lifetime. We can help you with all the stages you will go through with your dog. We can be with you every step of the way. 

What is the difference between an under-vaccinated puppy and a fully vaccinated puppy?

An under-vaccinated puppy is not yet fully immunized against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza (DHPP). Puppies begin a series of DHPP vaccinations starting around 6-8 weeks of age. They continue to receive a DHPP vaccination every 2-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age.

Once your puppy receives the final vaccination in the series, usually between 16-18 weeks of age, they are considered fully vaccinated for DHPP. The first rabies vaccine is generally given at 3 months of age.

From Our Students

“Dori is learning obedience. I’m learning how to communicate with Dori.  I know it’s called “dog” training but honestly, if I didn’t have Yo to teach ME the techniques, I don’t believe my Dori (nor I) would be progressing.”
-Carol and Dori, Huntington Beach, CA

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