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 Puppy Head Start Series

Next session dates: January 6th - March 9th

This is a 10 week long class that takes place on Saturdays from 10:30am-11:30am

For puppies age 8 weeks to 5 months

The cost of class is $250.

Instructor: Kate Brown-Wing, CPDT-KA


This is a comprehensive series for puppy owners and their pup. In this group series we introduce many basic skills, a socialization training schedule and helpful games that reinforce the foundational skills. We will learn the basic obedience skills, protocols to help manage puppy (and human) excitability, establish home practices that educate your pup of house and yard manners, learn early how the leash is a wonderful opportunity to partner with you, not drag you about. Puppies will not attend the first class - only puppy parents. This will give owners the opportunity to get to know the instructor and get more information on handling skills. During the last week of this class, your puppy can be evaluated for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy.  


Here is a list of the Puppy Head Start 10 Week Series Skills, Topics and Proactive Practices to Navigate Puppyhood:


Young Puppy Basics Skills: 

• Handling exercises, preparations for the Vet and Groomer  

• Look/Focus • Sit • Down • Place  

• Wait • Stay • OK! • Trade • 4 on the Floor  

• Come-fore and Come/Recall  

• Touch nose bump Leave It 

• Walk on Leash Walking at owners side (mostly loose leash)  

• Greeting protocol- sit /calmly wait for permission to greet a person or dog.  • Long- Line skills • And MORE! Please visit the website for more details  


Natural Behaviors:… and managing your puppyʼs transitions for successful  behaviors and less frustrations  

Proofing and preventing predictable behaviors that can grow into BIG dog problems.  Learn proactive tips to manage these behaviors if/when they arise.  

• Food guarding • House training issues • Chasing- Prey drive  

• Pulling on the leash • Counter Surfing  

• Nipping- teething issues, Yelp! • Jumping- “4 on the floor”  

• Hyperactivity/or shyness • Fear aggression/reactive dogs

Topics to be covered in the sessions:  

• Puppy developmental stages  

• Attending to your young pupʼs growing needs requires a responsive plan and  scheduling to provide the following needs as your puppy grows.  

• Socialization- What is it? Why is it so important?  

• Canine Body language  

• And more! 

Please Note: Female dogs who are in season may not attend this class - owners can still attend without their dog if their dog comes in season in the middle of a session.

If you are interested in signing up for this class, please sign in to or create an account with us via ProPet using this link:

Meet the Instructor

Kate has 20+ years of experience with Dog training/education. She is a CCPDT certified trainer, an AKC/CGC evaluator, owner of Look-n-Listen Dog Training and Canine Power Partners, a service dog program.


Kate has extensive experience with puppy development and group puppy classes. All of her AKC/CGC classes and Service Dog training are based upon age/skill appropriate foundational of education for a puppy or dog, to develop a positive association with learning, to build the capacity to have impulse control, to attentively learn skills well. As a result to develop the ability to have a stable mind, cooperative and loving connections with their family and mature behaviors to make better and better life judgements.


Kate works with puppies (please see her Puppy Head Start Program), family dogs to develop basic skills and manners for greater inclusion into their families life and activities. Kate also works with dogs/owners needing assistance coping with the stresses of life and the behaviors associated with anxieties, fearfulness, sound and related sensory issues as well as dog and leash reactivity.

In all cases, her goal is to train and foster the dog to build calm behaviors, so they can enjoy life with their family with ease. For dogs that are recovering from trauma or complex histories, the end goal is the same, with setting reasonable expectations for each dog and recovery. One dog at a time, (even in group classes) the goal is for each dog to have a full enriched life, along side of their person or family. Each individual dog is encouraged to find and be themselves… with manners and a cooperative spirit.

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