The Dog Den

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

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Our Puppy Kindergarten series is a uniquely formatted series of 3 workshops is specially designed for you to get your puppy started with socialization and training as soon as possible! TIME IS TICKING when it comes puppy development!

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

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

Early socialization and training are critical in ensuring your puppy grows up to become a confident, well-mannered part of your family—so get started now!

Each workshop is $25. Your puppy must have completed their first round of vaccines by the first class, specifically the DHLPP or DHPP vaccine. Please bring a copy of your puppy’s vaccines on their first night. 

puppy socialization

This class will focus on how to safely and properly socialize your puppy to new people, places, and things - vital to your puppy's development during his first three months. We will cover appropriate puppy play, confidence building exercises and how to throw a Puppy Party. 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 we will focus on teaching a “soft mouth” or good bite inhibition with your puppy and you will learn exercises to practice this at home. You will learn the timeline and goals for creating good bite inhibition. We will also go over body handling and gentle restraint that will be beneficial during veterinary exams and at home care (like nail trims). You will also learn how to settle your puppy to build their frustration tolerance and forming positive experiences with collar grabs not only with you, but new people. 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

 This class’s focus will be on potty training, proper chew toy training, crate training, barking, how to be at home alone, enrichment games, and how to prevent separation anxiety and resource guarding.  We will cover all the basics to avoid common mistakes while teaching your puppy all the new rules of the home. Do it right the first time and you can avoid all of the typical puppy problems that are easily preventable! 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

Nov 28

Dec 19

Jan 16

Feb 6

Feb 27



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Puppy Handling & Bite Inhibition

Dec 5

Jan 2

Jan 23

Feb 13



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Intro to Household Manners

Dec 12

Jan 9

Jan 30

Feb 20



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