Puppy Day School - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours?
How much is it? Why is it so expensive compared to dog daycare?
How do I get started?
I want my family to be involved in the training. How is that going to be possible?
How often does my puppy need to attend?
What do you teach?
Why don't you offer group "puppy kindergarten" classes?
My vet/breeder said to wait until my puppy has all of her shots before taking her anywhere. When should I start Puppy Day School?

What are the hours?

Puppy Day School hours are 9AM to 3PM. Drop-off is between 7AM and 9AM and pick-up is between 3PM and 6:30PM.

Pick up and drop off service is available within 30 minutes of our location. We are happy to travel to your home or office to transport your pup! Contact us for details.

How much is it? Why is it so expensive compared to dog daycare?

Please view our Rates and Policies page for the most up-to-date tuition.

Puppy Day School isn't a daycare program, just like a Montessori school isn't a daycare. Our program is staffed by professional dog trainers, and the primary focus is training, not playtime. Enrolling your puppy with us is an investment in your dog's future behavior.

We also keep a very low dog-to-staff ratio. Industry standard for dog daycares is 15-25 dogs per 1 staff member. Our standard is no more than 5 dogs per trainer.

How do I get started?

If you are ready to get started, you can book an evaluation online.

After booking your evaluation, send us your dog's health records. For pups over 12 weeks of age, we need proof of vaccination against rabies, parvo, distemper, and bordetella (kennel cough). We also need proof of a negative fecal test result. (For pups under 12 weeks of age at the time of enrollment, rabies vaccination is optional.) You can scan and e-mail these records to us, or have your vet send them to us. Our fax number is 781-510-1898 or they may e-mail them to us as well. Click here for a printable "Health Requirements" PDF you can download and bring to your vet.

When you come to your evaluation, bring your puppy and a list of goals for her behavior. Ask yourself and your family members: what do we want to be able to do with our dog when her training is complete? What behaviors do we need help with right away? Write it down (post-it notes are encouraged!) and we'll chat about it all during the evaluation.

I want my family to be involved in the training. How is that going to be possible?

We require our puppy parents to be involved in the process of training their puppies. During each 4-week program, puppy parents must either complete one private training lesson (there is a discounted rate for Day School clients) or participate in our Flex Classes to get feedback on how to work with their puppies.

Puppy Day School clients can also e-mail us at any time with questions about training, behavior, play, etc. Think of us as your puppy coaching staff!

How often does my puppy need to attend?

Our minimum attendance is three days per week, but we highly recommend five days days per week to ensure your puppy gets a consistent training experience.

What do you teach?

We teach all of the "basic obedience" skills you're familiar with, and much more. The training skills we work on with puppies include sit, down, stay, come when called, relax in a crate, and loose-leash walking.

Our program focuses on self-control. Your puppy will learn to behave politely around food and toys (without jumping up & trying to steal them) and wait for permission to go through doorways and to exit her crate. All of this is without nagging your puppy to "leave it," or "get off."

Because your puppy will be under our direct supervision, your puppy will not get to practice these common, frustrating behaviors: jumping up on people, chewing furniture, nipping people, counter-surfing, and pulling on leash.

Why don't you offer group "puppy kindergarten" classes?

Puppy Day School is for owners who want to go beyond a few hours of group instruction. In our experience, a weekly group training class is not enough support for most puppy parents. There is so much about puppy raising that cannot be covered in a busy group atmosphere. This is why we do not offer a "puppy kindergarten" class.

We do offer a weekly 45 minute Puppy Playgroup for as a socialization supplement for our clients. These playgroups are free for eligible Puppy Day School students.

My vet/breeder said to wait until my puppy has all of her shots before taking her anywhere. When should I start Puppy Day School?

Thanks to modern medicine, this well-meaning advice is outdated. The current recommendations of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior are to begin puppy socialization as soon as possible, especially before twelve weeks of age. Puppies have a "critical socialization period" from six weeks to sixteen weeks, and it is crucial that training and socialization begins during this time. Click here to read the AVSAB position statement on puppy socialization.

Puppy Day School's vaccination and health requirements exceed those set by AVSAB.

Puppy Day School | Puppy Training in Providence, RI | Spring Forth Dog Academy
Puppy Day School | Puppy Training in Providence, RI | Spring Forth Dog Academy
Puppy Day School | Puppy Training in Providence, RI | Spring Forth Dog Academy
Puppy Socialization in Providence, RI
Puppy Day School | Puppy Training in Providence, RI | Spring Forth Dog Academy