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Puppy Kindergarten

  • Date: 4/25/2024
    Time: 7:15pm - 8:05pm
    Location: ARL Main-Blumenthal Training Center
    5452 NE Street
    Des Moines, IA 50313
Kathryn Vry (

PUPPY KINDERGARTEN is for puppies between 8 weeks and 15 weeks of age on the first day of class. This class helps puppies start off on the right paw using positive reinforcement techniques. The class meets for four weeks. Topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding canine behavior and communication.
  • House Training
  • Biting/Mouthing
  • Socialization
  • Introduction to basic manners: sit, down, come, stay.
  • How positive reinforcement works and why we use it.
  • Problem solving
  • Problem prevention
  • Training tricks for fun and to impress your friends

No prior class is needed to attend Puppy Kindergarten.

This class meets once a week for four weeks. Participants will be required to watch the orientation video prior to coming to the first class via the link below.

For any issues regarding the orientation video, please contact or call 515-473-9131. 

Does your dog consistently react strongly to humans or other dogs?

Reactive dogs have a hard time focusing on their owner during the class making it hard for them to learn and retain the information they are being taught. If you are unsure if your dog will be successful in a group training class, a Drop-In training class is a great way to see if your dog is able to learn in the busy environment our training center provides.

If you have any concerns about the behaviors your dog displays, please email or call (515) 473-9131.

This class is $150. Fees for classes are subject to change and are non-refundable.