Puppy Program - Millersville
750C Generals Highway
Millersville, MD 21108
5,200 square foot, mostly indoor conditioned space
CDT is excited to offer a comprehensive Puppy Program that focuses on specific developmental stages while allowing for a great deal of flexibility with scheduling. The program is geared towards puppies completing the AKC STAR program.
Puppies are taught basic obedience, socialization, and confidence building, while owners learn how to be a responsible puppy owner and how puppies think and perceive their new world. CDT has created this comprehensive program so that puppies 8-24 weeks of age get a proper start and become balanced, well behaved dogs.
Puppy Program - $450
Age Requirements: 8-24 weeks
1 hour consultation/orientation
(On-site at the Millersville facility or Virtually)
4, 1 hour group classes
2 puppy socialization sessions (curbside drop-off)
Access to the weekly Puppy Q&A
AKC S.T.A.R class *
*STAR certification is held the first Saturday of every month
The Puppy Program also includes exclusive access to a weekly video Puppy Q&A where you are welcome to ask questions, get help as your puppy changes and grows, or listen to questions other puppy owners may have.
Consultation/orientation: The consultation is geared toward addressing basic puppy care where we discuss the supplies and preparation needed to set your puppy up for success. This lesson will cover potty training, crate training, socialization of your puppy and address standard puppy behaviors of chewing, mouthing and biting. This is best conducted before starting the group classes and can even be done before receiving your puppy so you are ready to go from the start!
60 minute classes held at our indoor Millersville facility on Saturdays @ 11:30am and 1:00pm.
Each class will focus on specific behaviors and desensitization to novel stimulus. Classes follow a rotating curriculum and can be taken in any order or can be repeated if there is a particular issue you would like to work on. Please bring food/treats, clean up bags (Required for STAR puppy certification), your puppy's equipment and of course your puppy!
Class size is kept to a minimum, and puppies are not allowed to meet or socialize during the class to ensure social distancing is practiced. Our Millersville facility offers a large open room, where puppies/owners will be setup at spaced out "stations". Doors will be open 10 minutes prior to the start of class to allow for people to stagger their arrival and find their spot. All payments will be processed remotely.
Week 1: Sit & Down 1st Saturday of the month
This class focuses on teaching your puppy to “Sit” and “Down” and lays the groundwork for teaching both with an implied stay. We teach you how to desensitize your puppy for exams, brushing & nail trimming.
Week 2: Greeting & Leash Walking/Heel 2nd Saturday of the month
This class focuses on proper greeting, leash walking (the beginnings of a formal “Heel”), and proper manners at a threshold (doors/gates). We will also show you how to address the common problem of jumping puppies and get your puppy to give or trade items readily.
Week 3: Come 3rd Saturday of the month
This lesson focuses on teaching your puppy a good recall. We show you how to guide your puppy around, over and through obstacles and new surfaces to boost confidence and strengthen puppy/leader relationships.
Week 4: Place 4th Saturday of the month
This class focuses on teaching your puppy how to “Place” and is the foundation for teaching an adult dog how to get calm. We also practice how to desensitize your puppy to environmental distractions like bicycles, trash cans, and other household noise.
Socialization Sessions: (1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 9am-11am) - $25 ea. if additional are purchased
Puppy socials are an extremely important component to raising a puppy. CDT is dedicated to helping owners get their puppies out and properly socialized in a safe way. Owners will drop off their puppies using our curbside drop-off protocol for their pup to meet other puppies. Trainers closely monitor all interactions and help steer and guide puppies to learn appropriate social cues and play styles. Additionally trainers will work to desensitize the puppies to novel stimulus. Using agility and fitness equipment, the puppies will get to explore and climb on obstacle courses to build confidence and explore a new world together with their new puppy friends
* Puppies must meet age requirements and are not eligible to attend socials after 24 weeks of age
** Puppies MUST have a Bordetella, Parvovirus, and parainfluenza vaccine in order to start attending socials.