Puppy Kindergarten


This class is a great way to get your puppy off to a good start in socialization and training and will give your dog a good foundation for life as a wonderful family pet! Class includes introduction to basic behaviors such as Loose Leash Walking, Sit, Down, Leave It, Come, and Focusing on Handler. During the 8-16 week phase of your puppy’s growth, socialization is a critical component to growing into a well-adjusted adult dog. Each week, we will include lots of time for supervised play with the other pups. Check out this great article from AVSAB on the importance of Puppy socialization!

Cost: $125 per dog

Who: Puppies ages 3 to 6 months. Puppies must have the 1st round of DHPP and Bordatella vaccines at least 5 days prior to the first class. Vaccinations must be kept up to date throughout the class. Your dog must be comfortable in a room with other dogs.

When: The next series is TBD.

Contact Heather at hsullivan@caspca.org with any questions.

What to bring:

-Leash: A 4′ nylon or leather leash. No retractable leashes.

Collar: A flat buckle collar or martingale style collar. Head halters and easy walk harnesses are fine. No pinch or choke collars.

-Poop bags

-Treats & Treat bag: Treats for this class should be 2 cups of kibble mixed with a high value people food (ex: hot dog, chicken, steak, meatballs, etc.) Your dog will likely be a little anxious the first week of class, and it is important to bring treats that they will want to eat under exciting/stressful conditions. Store bought treats will not suffice in class.


Meet Our Instructor: 

Janet Trauger is the owner and Head Trainer for Raising K9 Va, which provides instruction in positive reinforcement and clicker training for dogs and their people.

Janet and her dog, Honeydew, are certified as a Therapy Dog Team and visit schools and hospital facilities together. Janet is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

A Testimonial from a Student:

“In December 2014, I adopted Winter from the CASPCA. She and I then learned about the training classes offered by Janet Trauger at your wonderful facility. Even though I have had many dogs in my life, this was the first time ever that I enrolled in a series of classes. What a great instructor Janet was (and is) to work with different dogs and their owners, personalizing her suggestions, depending on the personalities of the pups and people … My once very shy and underweight stray has become a social, happy and fun-to-be-around dog. The clicker training was a first for me but helped to ‘train’ me and Winter. Learning how to be around other dogs, how to behave at vet visits, how to trust and how to handle daily situations, keeping safe–all this was covered in these classes. We are happy to be graduates of Janet’s course and to be ambassadors for the CASPCA.”