The Dog Den

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3124 Syene Rd. | Madison, WI 53713 | 608-665-3375
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Puppy Kindergarten


 Our Puppy Kindergarten series is a uniquely formatted set of three workshops designed to get your puppy started with socialization and training as early as possible! 

Each workshop focuses on a different topic and, because none of the workshops build off of each other, you can begin with any topic at any time!

Puppy Kindergarten can be taken before or simultaneously with our All Star 1 puppy class and is appropriate for puppies beginning the program at ages 8 to 12-weeks-old

You have six weeks to complete the entire series, so if you can’t make one of the topics that week you can catch the next round of the class you missed! 

Each workshop is $25.

Your puppy must have completed their first round of vaccines by the first class, specifically the DHLPP or DHPP vaccine and Bordetella vaccines. Please bring a copy of your puppy’s vaccines on their first night. 

puppy socialization

Vital to your puppy's development, this class will focus on how to safely and properly socialize your puppy to new people, places, and things. We will cover appropriate play, confidence building, and positive and healthy socialization. You will learn about the critical periods of puppy socialization and the timelines for your own puppy to become a well-socialized and confident dog.

For this class please bring your puppy’s dinner (kibble) and some other tasty, higher value treats. Please also feel free to bring along any objects (such as strange hats, umbrellas, noisy household objects, etc.) that you would like to socialize your puppy to during class.

puppy handling & bite inhibition

During this class, you will learn exercises to teach a “soft mouth”, or good bite inhibition, with your puppy. We will go over body handling and gentle restraint that will be beneficial during veterinary exams and at home care and will teach you how to settle your puppy and build their frustration tolerance.

For this class please bring your puppy’s dinner (kibble), some tasty, higher value treats, their favorite toy, as well as nail trimmers or body harnesses that you may have at home.

intro to household manners

In this class, we will cover all of the basics to avoid common mistakes while teaching your puppy all the new rules of the home. Discussions during class will be on potty training, proper chew toy training, crate training, barking, enrichment, and how to prevent separation anxiety and resource guarding. 

For this class please bring your puppy’s dinner (kibble), some tasty, higher value treats, Kong’s/stuff-able chew toys, and your puppy’s favorite soft toy.


Class Name

Class Dates

Class Day

Class Times


Puppy Socialization

Mar 20

Apr 10

May 1

May 22

June 12

July 3

July 24



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Puppy Handling & Bite Inhibition

Mar 27

Apr 17

May 8

May 29

June 19

July 10

July 31



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Intro to Household Manners

 Mar 13

Apr 3

Apr 24

May 15

June 5

June 26

July 17



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Training Request:

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