Puppy Start Right

Online Puppy Class

Puppy Start Right Preschool is designed to: facilitate proper puppy socialization; ensure positive exposure to novel stimuli - sights, sounds, substrates, and experiences; address normal puppy behaviors; and prevent the development of problem behaviors.


Puppy socialization can still be achieved during these times of social restriction. 

Current scientific research shows that the most vital time for socialization is the first three months of a puppy's life. During the socialization period, puppies should be exposed to as many new experiences (people, animals, objects, environments) as possible, taking care to not overwhelm, frighten or over-arouse the puppy. 


The most optimal age for Puppy Start Right is between 7-12 weeks of age.  

Access to a computer/phone/tablet with the ability to:

Attend a weekly Zoom meeting (or the ability to watch recordings if unable to attend)

View and stream video

Email and access Google Drive

Topics Discussed

Crate training

Potty training

Jumping / polite greetings

Bite inhibition

Learning how to share

Problem puppy behaviors 

Effective & safe socialization

Body handling & grooming

Basic obedience behaviors

What's included in the program

Four 60-minute online sessions.  Topics are discussed as well as live training/feedback. 

Access to a private Facebook group where students can share stories, record their progress, and get to know fellow students/puppy parents.  

Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog book, by Dr. Kenneth M. Martin and Debbie Martin (softcover or Kindle copy).

8-week free access to Puppy Start Right Preschool videos. ​


The cost of Puppy Start Right Pre-School is $200 (includes Puppy Start Right book and video modules)


Classes are on Monday evenings 6:00-7:00pm for five consecutive sessions. Email us to be notified of new class dates. 


Classes are recorded for those unable to attend.  


All our Puppy Start Right classes are entirely online via Zoom.  

Read more about the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's position statement on proper puppy socialization.