Head of the Class Dog Training LLC 

Winchester, VA

Winchester's Premium Professional Pet Training

Puppy Jump Start! - for the "Preemies"

What is Puppy Jump Start? A unique program offered nowhere else!

Who needs Puppy Jump Start? EVERYONE! 

PJS is a two class program was designed specifically to meet the needs of  8 week to 12 week old puppies. 

This age is prime time to get puppy comfortable with grooming and veterinary experiences, to avoid fearing these things later in life. 

But what about  vaccines?

PJS is a handling and conditioning class, not an obedience class. The goal is fun, pleasant experiences in two locations that often cause dogs distress: the vet, and the groomer.

This class is SAFE for puppies who have had one set of vaccines, as the puppies do NOT interact.

Class 1 is held at a vet clinic, where puppies have pretend exams with introductions to vet personnel. Handling is done on a sanitary surface. Puppies do not walk on the ground, or meet other puppies.

Class 2 is at a grooming shop. Puppies are acclimated to bathing tools and routines. Puppies do not walk on the ground, and surfaces are sanitized between dogs.  Owners learn to condition puppies to possible stressors. 

Make future vet and grooming visits scare-free by joining our veterinarian approved Puppy Jump Start!


TWO Unique Puppy Class Programs!

For a Complete Puppy Education

Puppy Agility! - channel your pup's inner athlete
Puppy Agility Class is a fantastic way to socialize your puppy to new experiences and build confidence. Obstacles are kept low so your puppy's growing bones and joints are safe! (For puppies age 3 to 9 months)

(Check our calendar page for start dates)

Your Puppy Kindergarten Class Program Consists of:

  • A set of six classes, plus a field trip grooming class
  • A 45 minute video orientation, Training Manual, bait bag
  • Four 15 minute video lessons corresponding to class content
  •  Choose which date and time suits your schedule
  •  Sign up for all six at one place and time or mix and match   

The cost for the class program  is $150,  (a $35 deposit for access to the video orientation and recorded lessons before attending and $115 at the first class. (You may pay all at once when signing up)

Click here to purchase your Puppy Kindergarten Class Program to start now! 

Puppy classes must be used before your pup is 20 weeks of age, or transfer in to Polite Pooch at 20 weeks
Your puppy grows up fast,  take advantage of a class that will get your puppy settled in with your  family the right way. Check out the  the calendar page for current class dates.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal  Behavior recommends socialization during the prime socialization period: by 12 weeks of age, as a preventative to fear and anxiety later in life. The standard of care as recommended by the AVSAB is that socialization classes begin before the puppy receives all 4 "puppy" vaccinations in the series. See the AVSAB position statement on socialization

Does your puppy have S.T.A.R. power?
With patience and the right training, every puppy can become an AKC Star Puppy! In this AKC program, if your puppy passes, he/she earns a certificate and medal from the AKC (part of the Puppy Kindergarten class). Learn more at the AKC Star Puppy site.

Get your puppy started off on the right "paw" with  puppy kindergarten class!  

  • Puppy Kindergarten Class is open enrollment
  • Start when the training has the biggest impact; while he is young!

  • Learn behavior basics
  • Socialize with puppy friends
  • Socialize with people!
  • Manage common puppy issues like chewing, biting, crate training, home alone training
  • Teach your puppy to LOVE handling and grooming.

Your puppy learns how to interact with other puppies in a healthy environment, before he or she has time to develop naughty behaviors. Give your puppy the skills he or she needs to be happy, healthy and calm for the rest of his or her life!

The Puppy Kindergarten Curriculum can be taught in private lessons also.

Classes held at two Winchester locations:
111 Featherbed Ln. and 190 Costello Dr.

Puppy Agility Class

Puppy "Start Right" Kindergarten

Training Classes in Winchester