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Santa Clara Dog Training Club


Puppy 6:00 PM


with Claire Canderle

Calendar Current session started Feb 20, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Your puppy is learning from the moment her little paws hit the ground. This class will give you the information you need to prepare and know in advance, the most important aspects of your puppy's first 8-16 weeks in your home. This information will help you have the most fun with the least amount of stress on your new journey.

Prerequisite: Your puppy must be under 16 weeks at the beginning of class. If your puppy is older, Beginner Obedience is the appropriate class to register. 

Content will include the 5 important things to get accomplished with your puppy before they are 16 weeks old: 

  • Bite Inhibition – resource guarding prevention 
  • Socialization - People, Places and Things. 
  • Potty Training Problems 
  • Separation Anxiety Prevention 
  • Body Handling, grooming and veterinary handling 

Training games will cover: 

  • Relax on a mat 
  • Leave the treat to get the treat 
  • Touch 
  • Watch Me 
  • Recall training games -how to train your puppy to come back to you 
  • Name Game 
  • Drop It or Give 
  • Walking on a leash 
  • Sit, Down, Stand, Stay 

Click the following links to help determine which obedience class is best for your goals and abilities:


  • Your puppy must be current on all vaccinations to attend class
  • Bring proof of vaccination to the class on the first night. Please follow the recommendations of your vet regarding vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccinations are not required for dogs under 6 months of age


  • 6 foot leash, NO retractable leashes
  • Buckle collar, NO harnesses
  • Rug, towel or some sort of mat for your puppy

Handler Equipment:

  • A treat bag or pockets to put your dog’s food in
  • Plenty of food for your dog, the more variety the better! It can be their daily food allowance and/or treats. (NO treats that are oily, flaky, or crumbly)

*TIP: have the food ready cut into pinky nail size bites

  • Water bowl and water for you and your dog
  • Comfy shoes and clothing


Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

  1. Cancellation of a class for any reason BEFORE the first class date of a session will be refunded minus our coursestorm and credit card fees (currently about $13)
  2. There are NO REFUNDS for any cancellations AFTER the first class of a session
  3. There will be NO REFUNDS or pro-rating for any classes missed after the start date of the first class of any given session
  4. Transfers to a more skill appropriate class in the same session before or after the class start date may be possible with approval and subject to space availability. Please contact us.

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