Here at Dog’s Day Out we believe the beginning stages of a dog’s life are extremely important and if you’re lucky enough to be able to have your dog at a young age, we are excited to be able to help you start him off right!

Early socialization and learning is imperative for puppies. In fact, this needs to happen BEFORE your puppy is 16 weeks old (ideally before 14 weeks!). If you wait until your puppy has “finished his shots” you are too late.  Preventing potential problems is much easier that correcting problems later!

PLEASE READ the following links on the importance of early puppy socialization as well as the position statement from the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) on early socialization for puppies. Also, see What is Socialization and ways to safely do it.

We offer a variety of Ballard and Burien puppy training classes and programs designed specifically for young dogs

All current options for puppies 2 to 5 months old include:

1. Puppy Pounce Virtual for humans with puppies 2-5 months old. With current covid restrictions Puppy Pounce Virtual is the only offering for the human education side and we know the humans need training too (especially new puppy guardians!). We have found this vehicle for Puppy Pounce to be very effective. The live class consists of lecture, live demos and then students practicing with their puppies with the instructor watching and coaching in real time. Bonus: you do not need to be in Seattle to take this class! See regular Puppy Pounce class description below for topics covered. $140.

2. Play & Train (for pups 8-18 weeks old) sessions are Thursdays at 6:45pm-7:30pm ($1/minute fee for late pick up) – BALLARD. Priority scheduling for those also registered for Puppy Pounce. First available date currently is 2/18/21. Because our regular Play & Train involves guardians and this Covid version does not, there is more Play than Train in these sessions currently (we highly recommend combining Play & Train with Virtual Puppy Pounce). We will however, work with introducing novel stimuli (different surfaces, costumes, skateboards etc.) in these sessions and pairing them with treats and fun! Once registered you will receive an email to schedule your puppy’s  specific dates. All sessions must be completed by the time your pup is 18 weeks of age.  “No shows” for registered dates will count towards your total and be charged. No refunds for missed dates.  See drop-off/pick-up protocol below.

3. Drop-Off Puppy Training CampBURIEN ONLY! Puppy Training Camp is comprehensive structured program with a set curriculum. This is a training program developed specifically for puppies in this critical and sensitive period of behavioral development.

Puppy Training Camp is NOT a substitute for training with the human guardian! It is highly recommended that PTC is taken along with Puppy Pounce or Private Training sessions so the human knows what the pup is learning at camp and can continue that training at home.

The Details:

  • For puppies 8-18 weeks old
  • Monday through Thursday (4 hours, 4 days/week)
  • Drop off between 8:30am-9:00am
  • Pick up between 12:00pm-12:30pm
  • One week (4 days): $350
  • All sessions are limited to 6 puppies with two certified trainers present.
  • DDO Burien Training Center only

Topics and Skills Covered:

  • Structured and monitored play with other puppies to facilitate learning critical bite inhibition and socialization skills
  • Crate training (for house training, settling and separation training)
  • Exposure and conditioning to a variety of sights, sounds and objects
  • Reinforcing desired behaviors – not jumping, mouthing/nipping
  • Handling exercises including touch/petting and grooming
  • Introduction to clicker training
  • Basic Cues including: Focus, Sit, Down and Drop

4. Private Lessons. We also offer virtual private sessions if you need specific, immediate help. Email: Danette@dogsdayoutseattle.com with any questions.

Restrictions: To ensure a safe and healthy environment, puppies who attend non-puppy specific day cares or dog parks are NOT allowed in the Puppy Training Camp Program or Puppy Play & Train.

During Covid-19, to facilitate the social distancing protocols please adhere to the following drop off/pick up rules:

1. To facilitate distancing drop off and pick up begin 10 minutes prior to the start AND end of class time. We know it seems like a good idea to “wear out” your puppy but it can actually become detrimental for a puppy to be playing in a group for too long. We see dogs get “cranky” when they are tired and have had enough. 30 minutes (or even less for some pups) of exposure is optimal.
2. You will enter through the front door with your puppy for both drop off and pick up. Do not come past the inside gate. We need to limit human exposure so, ONE ADULT ONLY for in/out. Please have others wait in the car. 
3. There is hand sanitizer both inside and right outside of the front door for you to use. 
4. There will be an instructor there to meet you (at a distance!) and you will drop your puppy off there. Do not leave your puppy there unless an instructor is present.
5. While we highly recommend using a harness on your puppy on walks, please bring your puppy on just a flat collar (to hold tags) and take/bring your leash with you. Do not bring a mat. We will use our own treats during the session so let us know if your puppy has any food sensitivities. You should bring your own treats to retrieve your pup at pick up!
6. At pick up, please enter through the front door, not into the room past the blue indoor gate and an instructor will bring your puppy to you. 
7. Please keep your distance from any other people you may see when dropping off/picking up.
8. We know you will want to know how your puppy did at the session but the instructor will not be able to have extensive conversations during drop off/pick in order to facilitate puppies getting in and out. We are happy to give you feedback however so, if you have questions, please email any questions and they will be forwarded to the instructor who was present that session. 
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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

PUPPY POUNCE: A 4-week class for dogs 8 to 20 weeks old
Pup must have had their initial Distemper/Parvo vaccine no less than 7 days prior to the start of class.  This puppy training course will cover age specific issues such as management, house training, socialization/desensitization to sights, sounds & handling, mouthing/nipping, and recognizing normal and abnormal behaviors.  We will also start introductory work on basic cues including: focus (look, touch), stationing on a mat, sit, down, come and loose leash walking. We will discuss what to expect in different stages of canine development and allow pups to socialize with others during supervised “recess” periods. This class is more comprehensive and structured than Pupply Play & Train and highly recommended to take in conjunction with P&T. Positive reinforcement only; no leash corrections or aversive tools will be used. INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA

This class works perfectly in conjunction with Puppy Play & Train (currently puppy drop-off only). 

PUPPY PLAY & TRAIN: 45-minute play sessions for puppies 8-18 weeks (Ballard only). Pup must have had their initial Distemper/Parvo vaccine no less than 10 days prior to session. Looking for a bit more socialization time for your pup? You can jump into this group anytime! In this rolling-start play group you can socialize your puppy in a safe and monitored environment and get a few training tips as well. Each week a trainer will be on hand to answer any questions on puppy specific management topics or teach new skills based on needs of the participants. Don’t let your pup miss out on learning crucial socialization, play and bite inhibition skills from his fellow pups. We highly recommend these sessions are taken in conjunction with Puppy Pounce as they are not as comprehensive in education and training concepts. Play & Train is not meant to take the place of the more structured and comprehensive Puppy Pounce class.

You can register for 6 sessions for $150 online (paid 1st week and used before pup is 18 weeks old). See listings for online registration at right – register for any upcoming date listed and start sooner! Or, pay as you go for as many or few sessions as you would like for $30/session (paid at session, no online registration for single sessions, space permitting).

Please check our Ballard dog training schedule or Burien dog training schedule for current listings and locations.

How much are the classes? Please see our rates and services page for class, daycare and seminar costs.

How do I sign up? Click the class you want on the right side of this page or, or more information, please contact us by phone 206-706-4875 or email at danette@dogsdayoutseattle.com.