Welcome to Puppy Raising Class

Learn to responsively relate and communicate in a meaningful way with your dog so that they can go wherever you may go!

*if you are looking for advanced training for adult dogs register for Beyond Obedience.

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About The Class:

Dog Training is NOT a commodity and all dog training is NOT created equal. You are about to leave the world of dog training and enter the world of dog relating. It is time to become a parent, not an owner. Its time to follow the lessons of the dog mom, not the dog trainer.

The emphasis of this puppy class is to create a frictionless transition for our puppies into life as a domestic dog. The outcome of this class is a dog who can naturally respond appropriately to the dynamic world around them. You will learn how to get the behaviors you need in the situations that matter.

Puppy socialization in this puppy class will be focused around honoring and learning natural dog social etiquette so that our puppy can grow up not only enjoying other dogs, but able to serve as a teacher and ambassador to other dogs. (A.K.A. your dog will be the neighborhood “good dog”)

With a puppy raised on inclusion, continual social learning and positive social feedback, you will thrive in our advanced obedience training for level 2, AKC STAR PUPPY & level 3, CANINE GOOD CITIZEN.

This program is ideal for families who are committed to having a dog who can participate in their lives at the highest levels.

Age Range:

For Puppies 8 weeks to 8 months


6 hours, 4 1.5 hour classes weekly. New Classes Begin each month. Time/Day varies month to month. We always have Saturday, Sunday & Weeknight classes.


YDBF Training Center Minneapolis
(612) 440-2344

Course Overview:

Class 1:

-How does a dog communicate?

-How do I become a meaningful communicator in my dog’s eyes?

-How to I fill the nurture gap of what their real parents provide vs. typical dog owners who are using traditional puppy class methods?

-Teaching politeness for permission.

-Loose leash walking.

Class 2:

-Empowering our puppies to use patience, respect & communication for permission in a dynamic world. Get the behaviors you need in the situations that matter. (This is where, “my dog is well trained, but…” gets the BUT removed for your puppy 😉

-Honoring the puppy “follow stage” so to avoid the behavior issues caused by traditional puppy class. (Yes! That’s right. The lunging, snapping, general agitation & restraint you see on so many of your neighbor’s dogs is CAUSED by anti-nature training methods in traditional Puppy Classes)

Class 3: Dog society ALL off-leash!

-Understanding and learning about dog behaviors rather than judging.

-Recognizing that dogs think and operate like the best people you know.

-Understanding my puppy’s social stage and what it is for.

-Starting to learn about puppy social diversity, what it is for and what makes my puppy special.

-Learning from the adult role model dogs who graduated from Dog Raising Class and their people. Why they succeed in therapy, ESA, sport/task & advanced public access etc. How they continually learn and grow with their dog.

Class 4: Implementation of advanced obedience & graduation!

-This class is fun. You spent the first 3 weeks optimizing your puppy’s ability to learn and introducing yourself to them as a meaningful communicator. Now its fun to see how many of our puppies have assimilated 5-10 or even more commands just by being tuned in to their families.

-We will teach and demonstrate “High Level Tactical Obedience” where you will learn to deliver an audible cue, a hand signal, a mark of approval and a reward.

-Graduation certificates, puppy party and introduction to Dog Wellness Club. DWC is a members only “good dogs” club for daycare and boarding. By completing this class, your dog is automatically in.

Are you ready for a class designed around understanding dogs rather than a human’s beliefs about dogs?!

Secure your spot in class today!

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Note: If you would rather do private puppy training in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area visit this page.