“The First Four” refers to the first four months of a puppy’s life. These are arguably the most important months of development. During this time puppies pick up on behaviors that will set the stage for future learning. As we know, puppies don’t stay puppies for very long and it’s this critical but brief window where puppies learn how to interact with other dogs and how to navigate in a human world. There is great opportunity in the first four months for us to shape our dog’s first and impressionable experiences. When done properly and consistently our puppies develop seamlessly into the well-adjusted, mannered, and happy dogs we hope for.
This is a 4-part class meeting every Thursday evening at 6pm for four consecutive weeks. Each class will consist of puppy playtime and socialization where you will learn how to shape your puppy’s play into positive interactions with other dogs. In addition to play/socialization, each Thursday night will have a different themed lesson:
Week One: Crate & Potty Training
Week Two: Intro to Obedience
Week Three: Impulse Control
Week Four: Feeding & Nutrition
Important Note! Class is for all puppies 9 weeks to 4 months old. You MUST provide proof of distemper/parvo vaccination (2 rounds from licensed vet.). This is for the safety of all puppies and you will not be allowed to attend class without proper documentation. This class is priced per dog, up to two humans can come with one ticket.
This class is in partnership with the Main Street Pet Wellness Center.
About the teacher:
Nicole Kazmierzak is a dog trainer and behavior specialist. She received her education and certification from the Misha May Foundation, located in Lakewood, Colorado and completed the requirements for K9 First-Aid and CPR through Colorado CPR & AED. Nicole focuses on force-free training methods and specializes in working with dogs in need of rehabilitation and behavior modification; the most prevalent being fear and anxiety. Nicole has volunteered with several rescue organizations along the front range in Colorado, and served on the board of directors for Do Over Dogs, a rescue in Broomfield, Colorado. Additionally, Nicole has fostered and adopted herself when space at home has allowed. She started her dog training and adventure company, Recess, in Chattanooga, TN in 2016. She and her husband, Travis, live in Chattanooga with their three canine kids.