Out N’ About Dog Training is proud to announce the launch of a revolutionary new Puppy Preschool Class curriculum to be taught at the premier doggy day care and boarding facility of Camp Bow Wow, in El Cajon.
For the past three years, Julie Schmitt has taught Puppy Preschool classes at Camp Bow Wow for puppies under 16 weeks of age, and has had great success reaching out to many new puppy owners. At the end of each 6 week session, Julie witnesses the great progress that puppies have made in learning new skills – everything from walking on leash without pulling, to greeting new puppies and owners politely. Owners have always walked away feeling a bit more empowered in handling some of the struggles puppies present.
However, many owners feel that their puppies appear to be such angels in a structured class, but are sometimes still little devils at home or in new places. As a result, Out N’ About Dog Training is changing the structure of the class to further meet the needs of new puppy owners.
Classes will now be on an OPEN ENROLLMENT basis. Therefore, owners do not have to wait until the next 6 weeks session to begin, possibly either missing out on early training or missing out on the puppy class entirely, because their puppy is too old for class.
In past classes, one or two new exercises were taught each week, with the class getting more challenging as it progressed. If an owner missed a week, they often “fell behind” and had to play catch up with the rest of class. Under the new curriculum, each week will essentially be a “self-contained” class where puppies can practice a variety of new skills within one session and owners can see progress within the hour.
Each class is structured around a “real world” theme and skills are practiced in that context. For example, every pet owner needs to take their puppy to the vet office for an exam and vaccinations. How will owners get their puppy to be calm in the waiting room when owners are trying to complete paperwork and their puppy wants to visit with other dogs in the room instead? What if a puppy does not like the veterinarian? What if the puppy is afraid to be examined? The new Puppy Preschool will address all these questions and more, with situational learning where each owner practices a “mock vet visit” as part of class. Other class themes address having well-behaved puppies when the family is in the kitchen, relaxing in the living room, out on a stroll, visiting a cafe, and taking your puppy to the groomer.
Owners are still required to take 6 consecutive classes, but they can start at any time while their puppy is younger than 16 weeks at the time of the first class.
For more information, or to schedule your orientation for class, contact Julie Schmitt at (619) 417-2368.