Best Buddies Puppy Kindergarten Classes

Best Buddies Puppy Kindergarten Classes


with Carolyn Wilki, Sponsored by SBHO

FMI: TELEPHONE— 610-588-5262 (610-LUV-LAMB)

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Our goal is to offer the best possible training foundation for you and your dog. All classes are limited in size to 6 dogs. There are six classes in each session. The first class is a special orientation of two hours because you need to understand how your dog learns and the reasoning behind the training methods we recommend. All other classes are one hour in length. We are positive reinforcement trainers and emphasize the correct use of positive reinforcement in all our classes because it works best.

Currently we offer group classes for behavioral obedience, puppy kindergarten, puppy hikes, and agility on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings. Growler Classes are two hours in length and are offered in 8 classes or 4 class per session options. Growler Classes are also limited in size to 6 dogs.

Best Buddies group classes (except Growler) are taught by Fran D. Kramer with Common Sense Canine at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm


We highly recommend our Puppy Kindergarten session for puppies under six months of age—any healthy puppy from two to six months of age can attend. It is a great starting point to begin the socialization process so important in creating a well-grounded puppy - one ready for life’s adventures and misadventures. Puppy Kindergarten also helps prevent food and dog aggression, fear issues, and encourages the puppy to pay attention to its family rather than everything but. Puppy Kindergarten skills cannot be “made up” down the road, and it is important that the puppy attend a Kindergarten class at the right age (just like our human children).

Occasionally, we will make an exception to the six-months of age cut off point. Some smaller breed puppies that haven’t had Kindergarten are best placed into that class but must first be qualified by the training professional.

For those puppies starting Puppy Kindergarten at an early age we encourage attending a second Kindergarten session before moving on to Obedience. For those dogs looking to become Therapy Dogs we especially recommend starting early and having two Kindergarten sessions (12 classes), then moving on to the Obedience level.

For the first class (orientation), we have the puppies stay at home. Only the Puppy Parents attend. Orientation is extremely important. You need to understand why your puppy is doing what it is doing and the reasoning behind the training methods we recommend.

Puppy Kindergarten group classes taught by Fran D. Kramer with Common Sense Canine at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm


Obedience Training is more than just obedience commands. It’s a matter of teaching foundation behaviors before moving on to performing simple behaviors on command and more complex or difficult behaviors. Our sessions are unique in teaching both the handler and Phydo to pay attention to each other while encouraging calm, focused behavior. We also include SIT, DOWN, COME, STAY, and WALKING NICELY ON LEASH.

Each dog and handler is taught starting at whatever level they need to start with because each home-dog situation is different. So, it won’t be that everyone does A this week, B the next and so forth. If you and your dog have not mastered A, it is senseless to move on to B. And yes, training your dog takes time and effort. There are no shortcuts.

Many handlers/owners will sign up their dogs for repeat sessions. We just pick up where you left off, and if you are having a behavior issue, we will address it then and there, or refer you to someone who can help.

Behavioral obedience group classes taught by Fran D. Kramer with Common Sense Canine at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm


Our Puppy Hike is a unique opportunity to reinforce owner focus, attention and socialization in a positive off-leash environment. This limited class is for puppies six months of age and under, and will help owners/handlers better reinforce the positive skills necessary in having a well-rounded dog. This class is an outstanding way to begin a puppy's approach to life in general and help the owner/handler to better understand the associative skills necessary in building a solid response foundation.

This is a four-week class course on Sunday mornings for one-half hour each Sunday. If your schedule does not permit attendance of the full course, an individual class or classes may be chosen a la carte.

Two age groups, one for puppies under six months and one for over six months are scheduled.

Appropriate footwear, hats and clothing are recommended as you will be working in a 17 acre fenced field. Older puppy owners should call Fran to discuss their individual situation as some older puppies may be permitted to participate.

Puppy Hike group classes taught by Fran D. Kramer with Common Sense Canine at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm


Before starting this class we recommend attending the Behavioral Obedience class to develop the fundamental attention behavior and basic communication signals so important in this sport. We make it a point to help you teach your dog to feel comfortable with the Agility Equipment and to hit the “contact zones” and to follow commands - verbal and nonverbal. Basic equipment includes but is not limited to the Dog Walk, Tunnel, Teeter Totter, Table, Jumps and Weave Poles. Some people are happy to have their dogs just master one piece of equipment in all situations per six week session before moving on to another piece of equipment.

Beginning agility group classes taught by Fran D. Kramer with Common Sense Canine at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm

Best Buddies Puppy Kindergarten Classes
Session Dates 2021
Session I. In our current environment, I have put group classes on hold and am working with students on a one-to-one basis and teaching as we go rather than setting specific dates and times. As students are forced to change schedules - sometimes from week to week - it is difficult to hold group classes on set dates. So to accommodate our new norm, I am accepting students for six-week courses on an "as you call" schedule. I can be reached by call or text at 973.953.7592. Email- - Fran