Puppy Program - Millersville
750C Generals Highway
Millersville, MD 21108
5,200 square foot, mostly indoor conditioned space
CDT is excited to announce 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 learn basic obedience, socialization, and fitness, while owners learn more detail about how puppies think and learn, and how to be a responsible puppy owner. CDT has created this comprehensive program so that puppies get a proper start and become balanced and well behaved dogs.
Puppy Program - $350
Age Requirements: 8-24 weeks
1.5 hour consultation/orientation
(On-site at the Millersville facility or Virtually)
4, 1 hour group classes
2 puppy socialization sessions (curbside drop-off)
AKC S.T.A.R class *
*STAR certification is held the fist Saturday of every month
Consultation/orientation: The consultation is a 90 minute lesson 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!
Group Classes: ($140 for 4 classes if purchased outside of the Puppy Program)
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.
Class 1: Sit & Down
We will focus on teaching your puppy to “Sit” and “Down” and lay the groundwork for teaching both with an implied stay. We teach you how to get your puppy to give or trade items readily and work on desensitizing your puppy to brushing & nail trimming.
Class 2: Greeting & Leash Walking/Heel
This lesson focuses on proper greetings, 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 work on desensitizing your puppy for vet exams.
Class 3: Come
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.
Class 4: Place
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: ( Every Saturday, 9am-11am) - $25 ea. if purchased outside of the Puppy Program
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, despite the changes to society due to the global pandemic. 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 attend socials.