Puppy Preschool

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Puppy Foundation

  • Puppy Agility Foundation

  • Focus & Motivation

Our Puppy Preschool serves as a springboard for you and your puppy into the sport of dog agility.   It is for puppies ranging in age from 4 – 7 months. We’ll start you and your young pup off right, by providing a balanced training program which incorporates introduction to some agility apparatus (shortened tunnels, lowered teeter totter etc.), but primarily focuses on building a solid partnership and agility foundation.   This is so that when your dog matures, he/she will be ready to rock, as a well-balanced agility–and–life partner.

This means that core dog training skills are of key focus (recall, sit-stays with distractions etc.).  Body awareness exercises for an agile partner are concentrated on.  Sound and movement desensitization are worked on.  Exercises to create a well adjusted and ‘thinking’ dog are emphasized; a dog that is happy, confident and enthusiastic, who will make choices that are in line with your agenda.  We get this by establishing a reinforcement based training program for you and your pup to follow from the get-go.  We also have…FUN!!

Students arrange private “Puppy Agility” lessons which get the puppies up and on modified agility equipment in a safe, fun and effective way.  Students also choose three Electives, from the Focus & Motivation Circuit Training Program, rotating through topics geared at teaching core dog training skills, and agility handling and performance fundamentals.

All of this will make for a happy and well-balanced family pet and stellar agility dog that is highly engaged and in tune with you!  Get your motor runnin’…


Puppy Agility:

  • Wobble boards, ladders, balance balls, adjusted agility equipment–for the safety of our growing agility compatriots–such as dog walk planks, tunnels, channel weave poles etc. are introduced.
  • Impulse control, toy motivation, acceleration/deceleration, “circle work” exercises.
  • Handling 101 – Core agility handling components are presented, focusing on the renown Derrett handling system. Key rules of handling, front and rear cross handling maneuvers, and body mechanics for handlers are covered.

Focus & Motivation

  • Reward Zone Dog Training

    • ‘Reward Zone’ dog training is key, since if you are the ultimate reward to your dog, he/she will be immune to whatever distractions there are in the environment and look to you for reinforcement. We’ll cover establishing a ‘learn-to-earn’ environment where work = play and play = work. Help you develop solid dog training skills by working on good timing and reinforcement,  setting clear criteria and being consistent.  “Crate Games” will be introduced.
  • Got Focus?!

    • Lay the groundwork for Resilient Recalls, Stellar Sit-Stays, Linear Line-Ups, 3D’s: Distance, Duration, Distractions, Circle Work (the basics of agility all wrapped up into one core exercise).
  • Got Motivation?!

    • Increase your dog’s motivation and build confidence by playing with your dog! Take advantage of your dog’s natural prey drive, by engaging them in an interactive game of tug. Get your dog driving ahead of you and increase their speed on the agility field. Keep them interested, spirited yet connected, and agile. We will teach you how to get your dog tugging with toys and tug-n-treats and how to incorporate this into your agility training regimen. We also focus on training go-on’s and tight turns by introducing the core principles –  acceleration and deceleration; handlers learn to cue dogs to extend or collect strides by adjusting their own stride length and speed when running.
  • Tricks

    • Designed especially for agility dogs, our tricks teach dogs to love to learn, stay engaged, and promote body awareness, balance, coordination and strength (for a fit and injury-free agility dog). They also make ‘we the people’ better trainers by improving timing, setting criteria and reinforcement. Clicker training is introduced and utilized.
  • Crate Games

    • Building upon Crate Games skills introduced in the Reward Zone Dog Training, these session brings impulse control training to a higher level.  Utilizing dog crates we work on shaping behaviors and improving dog’s impulse control by working sit-stays and increasing distractions.  We also focus on getting the dogs to drive out of and send to their crates.  This is then a building block to getting solid start-lines and go-on’s out on the agility course.

Details / Registration

Our Puppy Preschool includes private Puppy Agility lessons and group class Electives.  After completing an Introduction to Agility, we will arrange private Puppy Agility lessons with you and your pup at times that work with your schedule.  You also choose 3 Electives from our Focus & Motivation Circuit Training Program. Our Puppy Preschool series is designed to be taken 1 ~ 3 times depending upon the age of the puppy.  Once the pups reach 8 months of age, they graduate to our Beginners and then Advanced Beginners classes.

Cost:  Private Puppy Agility Lessons (Start at $35)
Electives:  $90 (Package of 3, to be taken over an 8 week period).

Class Times/Locations: Private lessons are arranged at either of our locations at times that work with your schedule.  See the Electives section for specific class topics/dates/times/locations .  Electives are offered periodically at both of our training facilities and run for 1 hour and 15 ~ 30 minutes. Class size is kept small; typically 3 – 6 pups (8 max). Pick your own start date (just RSVP first by registering). Once the first class is taken, students have 8 weeks to complete the session. Make ups or refunds are not offered once a session has started (some rare exceptions apply).

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Introduction to Agility class.

Registration:  Please send us an email using our Contact Us page.  We’ll then send you a registration form where you select 3 Electives and we’ll discuss details on arranging private Puppy Agility lessons.

Schedule:  For schedule details, please send us an email using our Contact Us page.


  • My puppy is 9 months of age.  Which program is best for me?  We think you’d be fine in our Beginning Agility Program (for puppies and dogs 8 months of age and up).  If, however, you’d like to have the more tailored learning that private lessons offer, you are welcome to join our Puppy Preschool Program.
  • Can I train at both Sun Studios and Swiss Park?
    • Yes, we encourage this.
  • Do I need to take classes on the same day at the same time?
    • No, you can take them on any day, at any time, at either location.
  • Can I take classes back to back? For example, Handling 101 at 8:30 AM and then Tricks at 10:00 AM?
    • Yes, to make it a productive session be sure to consider the energy level of you and your dog. Its important that you and your dog are both mentally and physically ‘there’. It may be best to take them on different days so that you and/or your dog’s ‘batteries’ are charged.
  • What if I get sick or go on vacation?
    • With all the flexibility that is built into the Program, once you start, you need to complete the session within an 8 week period. However, you can attend several classes during the same week.
  • If I want to start a new session before my 8 weeks is up, can I?
    • Yes, by all means do. Hopefully you’ve caught the agility bug!