Puppy Day School
Day School for Puppies
3119 Vicente St. SF CA 94116
SmartyPup! will be closed: Saturday, July 1 to Wednesday, July 5
On-site Day School is closed for Summer break until July 10th,
as an alternative see our Puppy Summer Camp
Day School for Puppies at SmartyPup! HQ
3119 Vicente Street between 42nd and 43rd Avenue
Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 5pm
Drop off: 7:30 to 9:00 am
Pick up: anytime before 5pm
Ask about recommendations for pick up and drop off service.
Basic Obedience, Alone Time/Crate-Training, Potty Training, Biting, Aggression Prevention
- Exposure to people and life experiences
- Acceptable mouth habits
- Good play habits with people and other puppies
- House manner Practice: we practice good house habits and prevent bad ones from ever starting.
- "Let's GO POTTY" potty training
- Alone time - I am ok being on my own
- Domestic Dog Husbandry
5 days weekly
5 days per week, 20 sessions, 4 consecutive weeks, $1700.
4 days weekly
4 days per week, 16 sessions, 4 consecutive weeks, $1520.
3 days weekly
3 days per week, 12 sessions, 4 consecutive weeks, 3 consecutive days. $1200.
- Pup must begin program between 8 and 12 weeks. Pups over 12 weeks require training intake.
- Pup must be able to spend time in crate.
- Pup must be in your home for at least 7 days before starting school - no exceptions.
- Vaccinations: at least one distemper and one Parvo (the D & P in DHLLP)
- Fecal test within 7 days of beginning Day School.
- Pup must be in the care of a local veterinarian and have had its first health exam within 7 days prior to first day in program.
- Uncertain or have questions about health requirements?
A Day At SmartyPup! DaySchool
Puppies are trained in groups with a reward-based program and will have multiple people involved. Basic training includes rewards for good behavior such as potty in the right place and playing well with other pups and people, basic commands such as sit, stay, drop, come, up, off, proper greetings, etc..
Alone Time & Nap time: "I am o.k. being on my own."
Puppies sleep over 18 hours a day. To have a worthwhile day of activities, puppies must have a designated nap time. Daily naps also promote a sleep schedule imperative for early training. Puppies sleep in comfortable clean crates, while a staff member watches and listens. Crates will be closed so that pups will learn that being in their crate is okay. While puppies are playing, crates are kept open most of the day for puppies who want to nap at any time.
Play time: "Weeeeeeee"
Allows puppies to interact with one another and explore new-comers. Puppies expend energy and are exposed to different breeds of dogs and kinds of people in a safe place. There will always be someone present to watch over them.
Group Play, Confidence Building and Training: "I get along with others (well most of the time), I am learning to be brave, and I like to try and learn things!"
Game play promotes puppies interacting with one another and people, and helps to sharpen their listening skills and social behavior. Games such as follow the leader, name and recall practice with rewards and obstacle courses help to foster confidence, and trust in humans. Game play also strengthens basic training and helps puppies to learn how to use their minds in different ways.
Exposure and Handling
In the first months of a puppy’s life, exposure is the most important source of information for their lives. For this reason, exposure to different and “scary” things is the crux of early socialization. Puppies will be exposed to people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of things . . . people in hats, LOTS of children, big cardboard boxes, skateboards,, walkers, wheelchairs, and many other things. Exposure works by rewarding puppies for proper behavior while they experience new stimuli which leads to adult dogs that are not reactive or afraid when they experience something unfamiliar. Exposure also includes tactile desensitizing, such as playing with puppies’ paws, opening their mouths, etc. Desensitization is one of the most important parts of exposure and will make the everyday parts of life with your dog much easier.