Center City Veterinary Hospital, Old City Philadelphia


Center City Veterinary Hospital

This is the first class we're teaching at this location. If it's well-attended, perhaps we'll schedule more classes or workshops here in the future.

Puppy Starter Program

5-week class
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm

Start date:


For puppies under 5 months old. Prerequisite: Proof of first round of vaccines

This is where it all begins! Forget about “sit, down, stay” – our Puppy Starter Program digs deeper and the results last a lifetime. If you want your puppy to become a well-socialized dog that succeeds in our human world, and learn human words/commands, you must first learn to speak some dog. Your puppy will better understand all you have to teach him/her if you begin by communicating in a manner that he/she already understands.

We’ll teach YOU how to:

  • properly be your puppy’s leader
  • effectively communicate with your him/her
  • help your puppy deal with this demanding human world

Our program focuses on basic foundation behaviors, handling skills, and will help you boost your effectiveness as a trainer.

This class is the prerequisite for ALL future training you’d do with us at OpBarks. Everything we’ll teach will have a natural flow of progress once you and your dog have mastered these foundations of dog training.

Examples of what we will teach you to teach your puppy:

  • how to sit still when being held/handed
  • how to maintain being calm around new people
  • how to stay calm and mannerly around other dogs
  • to look to you for guidance and leadership in EVERY situation rather than making poor decisions

This program meets for 5 weeks but the first class is humans only since most of the work this first week will be for you. Then for classes 2-5, we'll work with you and your puppy to build skills, confidence and set you up with a game plan for a great journey together. Solid work here in these early weeks will pay off more than you know throughout your lives together.

Length: (5) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 puppies to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Digital handbook and support via email for duration of the class

Price: $165

Next Step: B-Dog 1: Focus & Control Fundamentals


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If this doesn't work for your schedule, here are other options:

Classes and more in our training studio

OpBarks at Scotts Mills in East Falls (Northwest Philadelphia)


East Falls Schedule

Contact Us About East Falls Day School for Puppies

In-home private lessons, behavior consults  or boarding school

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