Tiny Tots Puppy Class

The behaviors your puppy can learn from puppy class! He can learn to have good bite inhibition (soft mouth), confidence and socialization for interacting with dogs and strangers, to enjoy being handled by new people, to respond reliably and quickly to verbal cues to sit, down, stand, watch me, follow, take it / leave it, stay, come, loose leash and more.

The three most important reasons to participate in a puppy class are:

  • Teaching bite inhibition, or soft mouth. Therefore, we have puppy play sessions and dog-to-dog socialization.
  • Teaching puppies to enjoy interacting with and being handled by people, children and strangers. Therefore, we have people-to-dog socialization.
  • To have reliable off leash obedience, so that the puppies will respond to verbal command promptly and willingly. Therefore, we have training sessions integrated into play sessions.

Classes are taught entirely off-leash

Our puppy class is taught off leash for the entire session (unless learning to walk on leash). You need to learn how to control your puppy off leash, because he is off leash at home and at the park, which you can not do if the puppies are on leash in class.

Also, if puppies are on leash they will not have the valuable time needed to play with other dogs (to acquire good bite inhibition and soft mouth) and to interact with every person in the class, especially men, children and strangers.

Numerous short training sessions

In the puppy class the play session will be interrupted (every minute or so) with short training interludes, so the pup learns to respond reliably, quickly and happily to your requests. Every time the session is interrupted by a sit-down-stand sequence, or a ten-second watch me, the puppy may be told to “go play” again as a reward. Therefore, we use playing with other dogs as a reward for training, instead of becoming a distraction that works against training.

Controlling excited and distracted puppies

By having short training interludes during the play session you will learn how to calm down, control and get your puppies to pay attention at times when they are distracted and excited.

Puppies of all sizes

Our classes include puppies of all sizes and play styles. Larger and more active dogs need to learn how be gentle around smaller and less active dogs, and smaller, less active dogs need to develop confidence and learn how to act around larger and more active dogs.

Sign Up Now!

Visit our Web site at www.jaxhumane.org to find more details on the classes listed below. If y ou have any questions, please send an email to behavior@jaxhumane.org or call 904.725.8766, ext. 227.

Tiny Tots Class

Start Dates:
Monday, January 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m
Saturday, January 9 from 10-11 a.m. and 12-1 p.m.
Monday, March 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 from 10-11 a.m. – 12-1 p.m.

Class length: 7 weeks
Cost: $80

Dog Manners Class

Start Dates:
Tuesday, January 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 from 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 from 2-3 p.m.

Class length: 7 weeks
Cost: $95