Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
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North Austin Classes

Boarding/Daycare and Training

Private Lessons

PUPPY START Dogs 2-4 months

Puppy Start Class is designed to maximize the learning process for puppies at the age when they are most influenced by their environmental and social experiences. Puppies are able to start one week after receiving their first set of vaccinations.
NOTE: We require proof of your puppy's vaccinations. You can bring a paper copy to the first class or you can email a copy to mail.heartsandpaws@gmail.com prior to your first class.

The position statement on Puppy Socialization by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior states:
"Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters. Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age."

Puppy Start Classes are 4 weeks [effective January 2014] long and are primarily focused on social and manners needs with basic training like coming when called, walking on a loose-leash, waiting at doors, sit, stand, down, bed stay, and tricks. From these skills, they will be able to achieve a S.T.A.R. PUPPY certificate. These skills also lay the groundwork for more advanced training such as Agility, Rally, Canine Good Citizen, and Pet Therapy classes--also offered at Hearts and Paws.

Cost: $105 - includes a $10 coupon upon class completion for Basic Companion class.
Puppy Start Classes
4-week course, 1-hour classes
Cost: $110

Next Classes
Starting October 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Starting October 10th at 9:30 a.m. 
Class Location
Hearts and Paws
Training Center
13291 Pond Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78729