Prerequisite: Puppies must be 8 weeks old and HAVE TWO SETS OF PUPPY SHOTS. It is recommended that they have the last set 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS! Please help us keep all puppies healthy by keeping yours at home if they are throwing up and/or have diarrhea. If your puppy throws up or has diarrhea in class, you will be asked to take them home. The purpose of this class is to help new puppy owners address common puppy issues like jumping up and puppy biting, to learn how and when to socialize their puppy, and to learn to communicate with their young puppy. Class structure will be a mix of explanation, demonstration and hands on teaching. Better Beginning Babies class will use only gentle positive methods, teaching owners and puppies both how to make the right choices to increase behaviors we like. Skills such as “marker word training,” greeting people nicely, mouth manners, place training, coming when called, and walking nicely on a leash will all be introduced while puppies learn to interact with other people and puppies. Puppies need to wear a flat buckle collar or an approved corrective harness and have a standard 3-4 foot leash. No extendable leashes slip or choke collars, or pinch collars will be allowed. Owners need to bring lots of treats, a towel or blanket for the puppy, and quiet toys for puppy. NOTE: These classes fill up fast. If they are full, we would recommend you take our Puppy Obedience & Agility class.