So what can you expect if you join a Puppy Class at Rockin’ Dawgs? You’ve got a new puppy and you don’t know where to start. You need to start classes, but there seems to be so many options as far as trainers, methods, location, class size, etc. that you just don’t know which way to go!
This blog entry is just for you! Today I’m going to try and break down our Puppy Training Class, so you know exactly what you are walking in to when you join Puppy Class at Rockin’ Dawgs Positive Dog Training facility in Rockledge!
So first, we start with the layout and landscape of the classes. Rockin’ Dawgs is an indoor training facility, which means no having to worry about class being cancelled every time it rains, no mosquitos, no working your puppy in 90 degree Florida heat, no dirty dog to bathe from playing in the dirt during class and no stress of picking up fleas or ticks while at class! That’s a lot of pluses right there!
The training area is matted with blue exercise mats covering the floor. This means better traction, no slipping and sliding, no cold hard title surface and no dirt to worry about. It is also a much more inviting working surface for our shy, short/no hair, and smaller dogs.
Class size is limited to 5 or 6 puppies max. This gives you an ample social experience and allows the trainer to spend more individual time with each puppy during class. Our puppy class is only for puppies between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months. Our classes do not discriminate an animal’s size or breed. That means the Chihuahuas puppies learn along side the Great Dane size puppy and EVERY puppy is welcome…there is no bad breed list here! This is important because large breed puppies need to learn how to socialize nicely with smaller animals, be it a smaller dog, cat or squirrel and smaller breed puppies need learn bravery around bigger dogs and not be fearful of them.
Next, let’s get to know your trainer. Kim Mayes, owner and trainer at Rockin’ Dawgs, is the most credentialed trainer in Brevard County. She has been training for many years and has worked with thousands of dogs. If you want to see her background, just check out the About Us page on this website. As a person, Kim is one of the most positive and patient people you will ever meet. Class is inviting and when you walk in the front door she’s more apt to drop to her knees and say hi to your puppy than she is to shake your hand first! She likes to tell a funny story or crack a joke here and there, because above all she wants your Puppy Class experience to be fun for everyone involved, low stress and enjoying every fleeting moment you have before the puppy age is long gone.
So what do we DO in Puppy Class? Well this is the big important question isn’t it. Some puppy classes are geared just for socialization and seem more like an hour long puppy playtime than a training class. Other classes are geared more for competition obedience and instead of dealing with common behavioral issues you might need the most help with, they are filled with week after week of repetitive boring practices of Sit, Down, Stays and Heel and just suck all the fun out of learning.
Puppy Classes at Rockin’ Dawgs are unlike any other in Brevard County. They are 6 weeks long and you meet for 1 hour each week. That’s pretty common, however, what you learn and how you learn it, just simply blows away any other training classes in the area.
The first day you come to Puppy Class, Kim will first check everybody in and make sure she has received your vaccination records and enrollment forms. Then she will give you a little seating arrangement around the room. She will give you some quick tips on how to let new puppies greet for the first time and let the crew get acquainted with each other. You will get some handouts with information at the beginning, and then the first day is sort of like Parent-Teacher conference day. Everyone gets to introduce their puppies, including all their habits (good or bad) and then Kim will go over all the things you need for class including treats, collars, leashes, homework each week, length of practice sessions, adding distractions and whatever else you might have questions about. This is the day to absorb all the people training skills!
The 2nd half of the first class you start a couple basic skills. Nothing to major, really it is their day to just get acclimated to all the new movement, noise, people and dogs that they are not accustomed to. Some puppies are happier than life on their first day and others are timid and want to hide. There are no expectations of you or your puppy on the first day! Your job is to go home practice what you learn, and then we will try it together after you’ve been able to have one week of practice.
Week Two the fun begins! The next 4 weeks are filled with a variety of training exercises and games to make things enjoyable and stimulating for the puppies. Each week you will learn one or two new obedience commands, you will focus on different behavioral issues each week as well, such as how to stop jumping, how to deal with play biting, working on potty training, how to deal with the crazy puppy zoomies around the house and all the other things that creep up during these young months. To learn these new commands and work through these behavioral issues you play different games in class so everyone is having a good time. Sometimes we’ll have friendly puppy competitions where you can win a prize to make it all more fun!
When you make it to Week 6, it is a celebration day! We take a little puppy skills test and then Graduation Day ensues! We take their graduation pictures, earn diplomas and have a good time together. Kim will go over all the amazing options you have after puppy class as far as training goes and encourage you to keep socializing, practicing and just plain doing more with your dog!
So that’s our Puppy Classes in a nutshell. Super fun, super informative and run by a real pro in the business. Now, if you haven’t done it already…get signed up today!! We can’t wait to see you 🙂
18 thoughts on “What to Expect in Puppy Class at Rockin’ Dawgs”
Our dog’s name is Zoey. She is a Springer Spaniei, roughly 12 weeks old.
Congratulations on your new puppy! We hope to see her in Puppy Classes soon?
Hi Kim I am really interested in joking a puppy I have a adorable Doberman Pincher puppy my husband can bring her to your facility we live in Cocoa. Pls call me I’d love to talk to you. Lori DeLorenzo (407)222-6195
Will do Lori…I’d love to meet your new Dobie pup! I’m in classes back to back tonight, but will send you a quick email to touch base…talk to you soon!
My parents and I have a 14 week old dobie puppy that needs obedience training classes
Looking forward to meeting your Dobie puppy soon! I sent you an email earlier today with some more detailed information?
Hi, I am wintering here in Florida with my rambunctious, energetic and clever 10 month old miniature schnauzer, are you having classes that will begin and end before March 31, 2020?
Obedience, mingling with other dogs and walking without pulling are important. He had some
classes but had to stop because of an ear infection.
Hi Marilyn! Yes, we do have classes starting in February that will be done by that date. If you are looking for Basic Obedience, the next one starts on February 8th and there is still room in that one if you’d like to enroll. Just visit our website shop at http://www.RockinDawgs.com/shop
We have a 15 week golden. She is potty trained and we have be leash training her but she needs some social skills as well as the constant nipping. We live in Merritt Island and I am very interested.
Hi Ninette and thank you for your interest in doing classes here at Rockin’ Dawgs with your new Golden puppy.
Feel free to check out our online shop to see when our next puppy classes start and get enrolled directly online to save your spot.
We hope to see you soon!
My fiancé and I recently rescued a puppy. She looks to be a lab/hound mix. She’s too smart for her own good. If she doesn’t get attention when she wants it, she does something horrible. The last time she peed on the couch so she’s no longer allowed on the furniture until we get this under control. I’m disabled and she’s going to be big. I need her to listen and to walk with me without pulling bc she can dislocate my joints very easily. She doesn’t listen very well. She won’t come when called. She can sit and speak and shake already. She’s very smart and learns very fast. I just need help with her listening skills. Big time. And like I said, I’m disabled and it would be nice to teach her to help me a bit. She’s very good at fetch so I don’t think it would be a stretch to teach her to bring me things. She’s 3 months old now and she already seems to know when I’m in pain and where the pain is bc she’ll lay on it or lick it a lot. She has so much potential and I really want to train her right so we’ll definitely be signing up soon. I’m just waiting on a check in the mail. Do you do some private lessons after they’ve completed all the training classes provided to maybe help her learn to help me a little more? Getting a service dog is so impossibly expensive and I don’t expect her to be a fully trained one but if she could learn a few things to help it would be awesome.
Congratulations on your new puppy! We are happy to help you with all your training needs. Please call us at 321-209-4880 to speak directly with the trainer if you have specific questions and we can help get you set up with the most appropriate class for you and your pup 🙂
I have a five month puppy who needs serious training,But I would like private lessons if you offer them.I am older and don’t drive at night,please respond when you can,and he is a schnauzer.
Hi Rebecca and thank you for your inquiry. We do offer private lessons to help you with your new puppy. Currently we are booked about 4-6 weeks out. If you would like to secure a time, you can do so by enrolling for the lessons in our website shop located at http://www.RockinDawgs.com/shop
Thank you and I hope to meet your Schnauzer soon?
Hi I could use your help. I have a beautiful boxer puppy he’s very good and then he gets the crazy’s I need to stop this negative behavior
Yes, puppies can be high energy! I received your enrollment yesterday and am looking forward to helping you communicate better with your new pup?
I am looking forward to puppy training class with my Maizee Grace. I have signed up for Sept.27th classes. I hope we make it till then. Maizee likes to bite us.
Haha…I’m sure you will survive puppyhood! Looking forward to meeting your new pup:)