What is a typical course
progression for a puppy?
Typically, puppies 12 weeks to 6 months of age start
After that, many puppies enjoy the
Agility and Confidence Class.
After your dog over 6 months of age you can
Good Citizen Class.
Next, to really proof the basic skills, handlers
Distraction Proofing Class.
After your dog has passed the
Canine Good Citizen test you can enroll him
Canine Musical Freestyle class,
& Tricks, or the
Therapy Dog class.
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Are puppies allowed in class before they receive a
No, puppies must receive their first rabies
vaccination before attending the first class with
dogs. By law in North Carolina, that is no
sooner than 12 weeks. However, most
veterinarians like to wait until puppies are 14-16
weeks. Unfortunately, insurance regulations do
not support allowing unvaccinated puppies in class.
Rabies is a deadly virus to both dogs and
humans that can lay dormant (with the animal showing
no symptoms) for up to a year. Rabies is
transmitted from saliva to mucous membranes.
This means that an infected puppy kissing someone in
the face could transmit the disease. Although
the likelihood of incidence is very small, its not a
risk we are willing to take. We want every
puppy in our puppy classes to be able to be petted
and hugged and to be able to give doggy kisses
freely. We highly recommend owners bring their
puppies to as many places as possible when they are
under 12 weeks. However, for the puppy's
safety, it is best to carry the puppy. Parvo
virus is a deadly virus to dogs and lives in the
soil. Puppies are not fully protected from
Parvo virus until they complete their vaccination
series. This series is often completed about
12-16 weeks. Thus, for your safety and your
puppy's safety, we have this regulation.
What if the
Please ask your breeder to sign the form provided
with the application. Breeders are not allowed
to give rabies vaccinations by law, though, and you
will also need a Rabies vaccination form from your
What if my puppy is scheduled to be spayed or
neutered during the month of the class?
If you schedule your puppy's surgery for the day
after class, typically, most puppies will be
recovered and ready for class the next week.
If, for some reason there are complications from
surgery and your puppy is not able to attend class,
please let your instructor know.