Puppy Kindergarten and Playgroups

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Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy Playgroups are an important part of socialization and helping your new family member gain confidence and learn new skills. Training your dog early, and including everyone in the family, is a key component in bringing out the best in your best friend.

We offer a number of Kindergarten classes in three different locations. Puppy Playgroups take place in Golden Valley only.

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten is the first step in training your new puppy. Open to dogs 18 weeks old and younger, this class will introduce your puppy to new people and new situations. We also can help with common roadblocks, such as house training, crate training, puppy biting or mouthing, and more.

After four weeks of Puppy Kindergarten, you will be eligible to start our Obedience Courses Levels 1-5.


Before enrolling please watch our Introduction to Dog Training video, where you'll learn more about our program.

All puppies must have proof of current vaccinations. We require distemper/parvo for all dogs. If your dog is three months or older, we also need rabies and bordetella. If you are unsure about your dog's vaccinations, please call us at 763-489-2217.

Course schedule

  • Coon Rapids: Thursdays, 7 p.m.
  • Golden Valley: Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 6:45 p.m.
    (classes are held in the Multi-Purpose Room at the rear of the building)
  • Now Boarding (Minneapolis): Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Purchase a Training School pass

Puppy Playgroups

Puppy Playgroups take place on Saturdays at our Golden Valley location. Please park at the rear of the building and enter through the Boarding and Training entrance.

Because there's a limited amount of space in playgroups, spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check in within the first 15 minutes of the playgroup session or you won't be allowed in. A minimum of four dogs is required to hold a playgroup.

  • Large Breed Tween Playgroup (4-5 months old): 9 a.m.
  • Large Breed Teen Playgroup (5-6 months old): 9:45 a.m. 
  • Large Breed Puppy Playgroup (2-4 months old): 10:30 a.m.
  • Small Breed Puppy Playgroup (puppies 2-6 months old): 11:15 a.m.


  • General public: $10/session
  • Training School students: $7/session


All pets should be kept current on vaccinations in accordance with their pet's licensed veterinarian's recommendations. At minimum, puppies attending kindergarten or playgroups should have started their distemper/parvo series, and puppies age three months old or older should be current on their rabies and bordetella vaccinations as well.


Review our Training School FAQ, call us at 763-489-2217, or send an email.