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Puppy / Beginner Class
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Pups & Vaccines

Yes, your dog must be vaccinated to be in my class. Each pet is cherished and in my classes, protected from physical and emotional damage. Here's what you need to start class.

  Your pup must have started and continue his vaccines according to your veterinarian's schedule. I cannot make absolutes about vaccines as each veterinarian has differing vaccine protocols. All we need to succeed is that each pup stays on his  schedule; we don't need to have the same schedule.

  No, your pup does not need to have completed all of his vaccines to start. Waiting to start class until 'he's finished with his shots' is not necessary. My clients are the upper five percent of Orange County's pet parents. No sick pup, since I started teaching puppy class in 1979, has ever come to class. And, I have never had one pup get sick while in class.

  I teach classes on 'clean' surfaces. The areas do not have dogs on them during the week. The only dogs that use these surfaces are the ones in my class. I teach only in  protected places.

Why don't I have everyone bring proof of vaccines? The hassle/error factor is enormous. Asking people to find, collect and bring each page from all vet visits is more than most owners can manage. Calling and asking your vet to fax records to me adds hassle to hard working veterinarians. What do I do when a harried husband shows up at the first class and forgot the vaccine paperwork the wife left out on the kitchen counter? Send him home? Do I sift through ten sets of veterinarian papers from ten different owners, maybe in date order or maybe not, upside down and with coffee stains on them while I lose valuable teaching time? Insist that people show me their vaccine history on their phone? 

Here is what to do at home to prevent exposure to un vaccinated dogs

  1. Avoid all contact with dogs that go to dog parks, dog beaches and/or dog parks. (A second dog at home that goes to these places is far more problematic than your pup attending my class)

  2. Don't take your pup to public places that are gathering spots for dogs. Allowing a pup to wander on the green belt is exposing him to everything. He is exposed to nothing in my class.

  3. When you take your pup to the vet for his vaccines keep him in the car until it's time for his appointment. Do not let him touch noses with dogs in the waiting room (When you think about it, what kind of dogs might be at the vet office that day?) Carry him and do not let him on the floor. Do not let other people pet him; they may have a contagious dog. My classes do not have contagious dogs.

  4. Follow your veterinarian's schedule. There are as many vaccine protocols and opinions as there are vets. Your vet and not your Aunt Sally the dog lover is the decider.

  If you do not want to bring your pup to class until he has 'finished his shots' I am happy to see you as soon as he can come to class. But, remember that the critical period of socialization is from six to sixteen weeks. Once your pup passes the sixteen week mark teaching him to be social with other dogs and human strangers becomes much more difficult & time consuming.


See you soon,
Dr. Sue Myles

Puppy / Beginner Class

       This 5 week, one hour a week course is the first step in your training program.  The training method is my personal Force Free System. This successful, gentle system, used since 1979 on thousands of pets just like yours, is different from 'standard' training offered by less experienced trainers or those employed at a franchise or pet store.

My Puppy/Beginner Classes are not ‘watered down’ adult dog classes. The exercises and how I teach them are specifically developed for the young, growing canine brain. I created the Force Free exercises I teach.  This system appeals to both ends of the leash.

  I do not use clickers. I do use food rewards appropriately to help your dog love training. My reward based, Force Free training gets your pup or beginner older do easily learn practical skills and solve those common problems of pups

Here are some subjects we’ll cover in class





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  • Sit, lie down, stay and come taught in 'puppy style'

  • Early Leash Walking

  • “Don’t Touch”

  • How to Prevent Separation Anxiety

  • Getting your pup to sleep

  • Potty training/crate training

  • Puppy chewing

  • Car travel without car sickness

  • Sit for dinner

  • How to take treats gently

  • How to socialize your puppy properly.

We also enjoy some puppy play time during each class. Let your pup socialize with friendly, leashed and vaccinated pups. I supervise the play to prevent any pup from getting overwhelmed or frightened. Owners are given techniques to create a stable, emotionally balanced adult dog

     Puppies from ten weeks up are welcome. All pups must be current on vaccines as designated by your pet's doctor. Let's get your puppy thriving and growing while his brain is at its most fertile and impressionable time.


What should I bring to the first day of class?

    Please bring your dog on a standard (non retractable) leash, water for you both, your pup's favorite treats (I also have some for sale at the treat table), and a chair for you.

Can my kids come too?

     Yes, children are welcome in class. However, children are not safe in a class unless they are mature enough to follow instructions, know not approach or pet any dog but their own, are physically large enough to not be dragged by their pet and can sit calmly in a chair by you.

My dog has acted aggressive in the past, can they still join a group class?

     My obligation is to provide a safe atmosphere for dogs and people. If your dog demonstrates aggressive behavior, as  decided by me, I will ask you to take your pet home where he is more comfortable. We’ll arrange for private training if  appropriate.