Dogs Best Friend!

puppy classes

all classes are held at dog’s best friend ~ 1501 aviation boulevard, redondo beach

puppy 1 – puppy playschool – for pups 8 – 16 weeks of age

puppy playschool was created just for pups between the ages of 8-16 weeks (read why you should begin classes early). in this one-hour, off-leash training and socialization class, your pups will learn the cues: sit, down, come when called, and much more. most importantly, your puppy will learn to socialize appropriately with other friendly pups and humans, and will learn how to happily accept grooming, touch, and handling by strangers.

you and your pup will work toward earning an akc s.t.a.r. (socialization, training, activity, responsibility) certificate, showing the world that you are a responsible pup parent and your puppy is starting life as a well-mannered member of the community. the perfect foundation for moving into our akc canine good citizen class!

by passing the akc s.t.a.r. test at the end of the class, you’ll receive an application for enrollment in the akc-sponsored program, a medal to display, a listing in the s.t.a.r. records and a puppy package with a certificate, handbook, discounts and subscription to their training email newsletter. class is held in a sterile, clean and safe environment with other healthy* (vet-approved) rascals.

this class has a set curriculum, therefore we cannot accommodate drop-ins, or “pay as you go” puppies. registration for the entire six week class is required in order to save your pup’s spot in the class.

*it is extremely important to have your puppy checked out by a vet within 48 hours of arriving to your home, whether adopted from a rescue organization, shelter, or breeder. parasites like giardia are common, and your puppy may not show symptoms. therefore, be sure to take a fecal sample in at the time of this vet visit, so treatment can be started immediately (parasites are extremely contagious). the presence of parasites is the number one obstacle to starting puppy playschool that we see.

~watch a sneak peek of our puppy classes!

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements to attend class.

all of the items are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to class — no exceptions.

  • our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (provided upon registration)
  • one set of vaccinations 7 days prior to the first class
  • proof of a clean fecal test
  • puppy must be in their new home for at least one week

most puppies learn to socialize easily, but sometimes the class environment is too stressful. if a puppy shows excessive signs of stress and is not able to function in the class, they will be removed from class and redirected to private socialization sessions with a well-adjusted and healthy adult dog.

please contact us with questions/concerns.

starts:

thursday evening class: july 12, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (no class august 16)

saturday morning class: july 14, 10:00 – 11:00 am (no class august 18)

THURSDAY CLASS SOLD OUT thursday evening class: may 10, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

SATURDAY CLASS SOLD OUT saturday morning class: may 12, 10:00 – 11:00 am

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THIS CLASS, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

$195 for six week class

register for july classes now (may classes sold out)

puppy 2 – the pawlished pup – for pups 17 weeks – 8 months of age

designed for our puppy 1 – puppy playschool graduates. this intermediate class was created to bridge the gap between the puppy playschool and the akc canine good citizen class. we will build upon each puppy’s basic manners skills, and help them acquire the expertise to move to the next level, their canine good citizen certificate.

advanced obedience skills such as stay, leave it with high value items, come when called with distractions, loose leash walking, and much more, will be honed.

with play sessions at the end of each class, we’ll continue to build a strong socialization foundation, and take each puppy’s self control to the next level.

puppies and their humans join us starting with the first class.

~watch a sneak peek of our puppy classes!

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements to attend class.

all of the items are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to class — no exceptions.

  • our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (provided upon registration)
  • updated vaccination records

please contact us with questions/concerns.

starts:

saturday afternoon class: july 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (no class august 18)

THURSDAY CLASS SOLD OUT thursday evening class: may 10, 7:15 – 8:15 pm

SATURDAY CLASS SOLD OUT saturday afternoon class: may 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

$195 for six week class

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THESE CLASSES, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

register for july class now (may classes sold out)

puppy 3 – polite pup about town, an advanced puppy class – for fully vaccinated pups six 6 – 24 months of age

designed for our puppy 1 and 2 graduates, as well as our puppy’s best start pups (pups highly recommended by one of our “trainers we trust” trainers can also register, upon referral by trainer).

this advanced class was created to help prepare pups for a life of cafes, shopping and fun, to help them learn how to behave calmly in real world situations.

in this class we hone walking skills, stay, leave it, appropriate human greetings, and calm behavior around other dogs in the outside world.

due to the nature of this class, it would not be a match for fearful or anxious pups.

this class meets for six weeks. the first class will be held at dbf. all remaining classes will be held at various locations in hermosa and manhattan beach.

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all dogs must be fully vaccinated. proof of current vaccinations are due 24 hours before the class start date. titer tests are accepted.

starts:

wednesday evening class: july 11, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

$225 for six week class

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THESE CLASSES, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

register now

puppy play ‘n’ learn

play ‘n’ learn” is a one-hour play and learn session designed just for the little ones to help them learn how to socialize with other healthy pups, and build their confidence in a safe and sterile environment. perfect for puppies 8-17 weeks of age.

~watch a sneak peek of our puppy classes!

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements to attend class. all puppies must register in advance — puppies will not be accepted “at the door.”

all of the items are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to class — no exceptions.

  • our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (provided upon registration)
  • proof of current vaccinations
  • proof of a clean fecal test
  • puppy must be in their new home for at least one week

please contact us with questions/concerns.

play ‘n’ learn dates:

tba

weekday dates:  drop-in sessions available tuesday-friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, to current dbf students, and past attendees who have turned in their vet health forms

$30 per puppy (non-dbf students. monthly play ‘n’ learn only) – register now

$20 per puppy for dbf class/private program students/grads for one time session – register now

rascal romp

this special event is for all those teen puppies who want to hook up with some frisky puppy pals, and make some fun furry friends. we’ll do some serious socializing and learn some pawsome new skills, too!

important note:

this class is created just for dbf graduates and current clients between the ages of five and 9 months. we cannot accommodate dogs that we have not yet worked with, as it is important to know each and every personality, for the safety of all pups. proof of vaccinations/up-to-date titer tests required.

all payments must be received prior to the romp start. we cannot take payment/registration at the door.

starts:  tba

$25 per puppy for one time session

register now

toby’s teens – a manners class for youngsters – five months – three years of age

did your rascal miss puppy playschool?

if so, no worries, we can help your pup catch up to all her peers in this new class, designed for late comers to training. for puppies five months of age to young adulthood, 18 months – three years.

we’ll cover all the basics: sit, down, come when called, leave it, walking nicely on leash, go to bed and so much more.

the last ten minutes of class offers off-leash play time, to allow dogs to practice their off-leash skills/interactions (if temperaments are compatible).

class is held in a clean and safe environment.

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all dogs must be fully vaccinated. proof of current vaccinations are due 24 hours before the class start date. titer tests are accepted.

starts:

thursday evening class: july 12, 7:15 – 8:15 pm (no class august 16)

$225 for six week class

register now