Puppy Kindergarten Class

​*No Puppy K scheduled at this time*


What is it?
Puppy Kindergarten is an opportunity for your puppy to learn good manners and basic obedience commands in a safe, nurturing environment.  You and your puppy will join a small group of owners with puppies who are about the same age as yours. Puppy kindergarten is for puppies age 4 months and younger by the first class meeting.  Toy breed puppies may be up to 6 months of age.

 Using positive reinforcement techniques, your puppy will learn skills that will ensure that he remains a valued member of your household.  He will learn the all-important aspects of socialization, being handled and groomed, obedience, getting along with other dogs and just generally being a good canine citizen- all in a relaxed atmosphere of fun and play.

Your puppy will also have the opportunity to take the Puppy S.T.A.R. Test upon completion of Puppy Kindergarten. This non-competitive test is part of the AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. Program. Puppies need not be purebred to participate in this program.

We meet once per week for 5 weeks.

How much is it?
The cost is $75 for a 5-week course.

Important Other Stuff!
1.  Puppies must be vaccinated according to an age-appropriate schedule.  Most should have had a minimum of:

  •   the first of the three-part Distemper vaccination
  •   a Parvo vaccination.
  •   Bordatella vaccination (“kennel cough”)
  •   Puppies 4 months and over should have a Rabies vaccination


Please bring the puppy’s shot record to the first class. Always check with your veterinarian for their guidance and recommendations for your puppy.

 2.      Please be prepared to clean up after your puppy in the area or during the class.

 Who is the Instructor?
Karen Harper
(850) 855-6931
tkharper@cox.net

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors #1030

American Kennel Club CGC/Puppy Star Evaluator

Karen Harper has owned and trained dogs and horses for more than 40 years.  She has taught dog obedience classes professionally in Okaloosa County for  more than 20 years and is a certified dog trainer with the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors.  She is also an approved  Evaluator with the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen and Puppy S.T.A.R Programs.

 Follow-On Classes:

Ms Harper also teaches a Basic Obedience Class where puppies build on the skills they learn during Puppy Kindergarten. The Canine Good Citizen/Intermediate Obedience Class is for owners whose dogs are already trained in the basics and who can demonstrate that they are well-mannered companion dogs.  See links at the top of this page for more information on these classes.