Public School


Public School is training in a group classroom setting. It’s kind of like having your own puppy support group! And, at WP, we keep our class sizes small to make sure that you get the best in personal attention from your trainer.

 


Core Classes 


WoGo® Social Puppy

WoGo® is the most important first class you will ever take with your puppy! It's an early socialization class that balances "go-go-go" with "whoa" slow down and relax. This class helps teach your puppy how to soften her mouth, build self confidence, and develop impulse control ...and teaches you how to speak dog! There is an emphasis on parent education to show you what to do if your puppy becomes nervous or overly-excited, and to ensure that your dog can be trusted in all social situations. First-time attendees receive a socialization assessment and will be given a copy to take home. Classes are by size: Tiny Tykes (up to 12lbs), Little Tykes (12-25lbs), & Big Tykes (25-55lbs)

Level: Beginner
Ages:
 9 weeks to 5 months
Length: 1 hour, single sessions
Cost: $25 per Session, or 5-Session Package for $115
Vaccination Requirement: First set of puppy shots + 7 days. Click here for Veterinarian Recommendation.
Cancelation Policy: 24 hours notice before class starts to receive credit or refund. To cancel: log in, go to the day you have scheduled, and click "cancel".
*If we determine another option would be better for your puppy, a refund for unused credit will be given.
*If your puppy has had ANY sneezing, coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea, or lethargy within 24 hours, you may not attend class. 

WP Recommendations:
-For a well-adjusted pup you can trust in social situations, we recommend a minimum of 20 positive play experiences by 20 weeks of age with 20 different pups - that's  about 2 times per week during their critical brain development! 
-Please do not go to dog parks while attending this program. We recommend no dog parks until after 20 weeks of age. This will help protect our puppies from parasites, viruses, and behavioral set-backs. 
-To get the most out of your experience, we also recommend the book "Calming Signals" by Turid Rugaas.

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Playgroup
Black & Brown Puppies Playing at WoGo Playgroups at Wonder Puppy in Portland, OR


       
Basic Training Series

Wonder Puppy offers the very best start for you and your puppy. Our signature training series is made up of 3 courses progressing from easy to difficult. At the end of the series, you will take the Canine Good Citizen test and demonstrate all of your foundational skills in an outdoor setting without any training tools! This signature training series is the perfect training foundation, especially for dogs in their first year of schooling!

   

Good PuppyGood Puppy℠ 

Good Puppy is the perfect beginner’s course for start-up success. The course includes bite-prevention exercises and reward-based clicker training for basic skills such as name, sit, down, stay, come, take it, drop it, leave it, park it, leash manners, and more.  This course is not just about having a well-mannered puppy...it’s about having a healthy and happy relationship with your puppy!


Also Includes!
Wonder Parenting 101 Group Orientation that's just for YOU! To set everyone up for success, this is a required class that covers all of the tools and knowhow to succeed in your training class and beyond! We will share the secret formula so you can tackle the common behavior issues with confidence and think like a trainer. You will learn to prevent and train for unwanted habits including: 

  • play biting
  • house soiling
  • jumping 
  • ignoring
  • demand barking
  • chewing
  • crate issues
  • separation issues
  • digging
  • & more!

 

Level: 
Beginner

Ages: ~12 weeks & older *Start attending WoGo Playgroups until your class begins for early socialization.

Class Size: 5 Students

Length: 
1 hour and 15 minutes, 8 sessions + "wonder parenting 101" orientation 

Includes: 
Wonder Parenting Orientation Class, clicker, & handouts

Cost: $295 
Cancelation Policy: 72 hours notice before course starts to receive credit or refund.

Note: For puppy playtime, please attend WoGo Playgroups with our trainers who specialize in play education. Because our intimate class size often limits dog to dog compatibility, this class focuses on socialization in the presence of other dogs while connecting to you!

 

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Great PuppyGreat Puppy℠ 

Great Puppy will expand upon your puppy’s learning foundation by adding distance and distraction to basic skills and fading out food rewards for well-known skills. You will continue to work together as a team as you teach your puppy practical tasks such as "focus" from a distance and "go to your bed" when someone comes to the door. At the end of the course, you will show off your skills with only a "10-treat allowance"! By learning through success, you and your puppy will become prepared for the challenges of everyday life…while having fun!

  

Level: Intermediate
Ages: ~5 months & older
Length: 1 hour 15 min classes, meeting for 10 weeks 
Class Size: 4 Students
Includes: Clicker & handouts
Cost: $295 
Pre-requisite: Good Puppy Course, or equivalent. If transferring from another training company, it's required to schedule a Private "Make-Up Session" to assess readiness. Please contact the office at info@wonder-puppy.com or 503.697.7877.
Cancelation Policy: 72 hours notice before course starts to receive credit or refund.

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Wonder PuppyWonder Puppy℠ 

Wonder Puppy is sure to be a challenge and take your training to the next level! In this class, you will polish your basic skills in real-life settings.  All classes are held in city park locations with the goal of fading out all training tools by the end of the course. At the end of the 8 weeks, you will demonstrate your team skills in the AKC “Canine Good Citizen” evaluation. It's a great way to "pull it all together"… so that your puppy becomes a true Wonder Puppy! 


Level: 
Advanced 
Ages: ~8 months & older
Length: 1 hour 15 min classes, meeting for 8 weeks with the last week being the Wonder Puppy℠/CGC test
Class Size: 5 Students
Includes: Clicker, handouts, & CGC Test
Location: Out and about in a park or city setting (west side PDX)
Cost: $295 for 8 sessions
Pre-requisite: Great Puppy Course, or equivalent. If transferring from another training company, it's required to schedule a Private "Make-Up Session" to assess readiness. Please contact the office at info@wonder-puppy.com or 503.697.7877.
Cancelation Policy: 72 hours notice before course starts to receive credit or refund.

Note
: This is a Late Spring-Late Fall course because classes are held outdoors.


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Electives


Nosey Puppy℠ Series

Nosey Puppy is a sports series in Canine Nosework! You can take it just for fun, working toward competition, or for building a foundation to search/rescue and service work! 

Level: Beginner - Advanced 
Ages: ~8 months & older
Length: 1 hour meeting for 4 weeks 
Class Size: 5 Students
Includes: handouts
Location: Nosey 1 & 2 are at Wonder Puppy, Nosey 3 is in a park or city location.
Cost: $150
Pre-requisite: For Nosey 1, Great Puppy Course, or equivalent is required. The following classes build on the first two. 
Cancelation Policy: 72 hours notice before course starts to receive credit or refund.


Nosey 1

Nosey 1 is all about the philosophy and process of the sport. It will help your dog learn confidence-building skills and impulse control. At the conclusion of the course, your pup will be able to find hidden food items and settle near other dogs.

Nosey 2

Nosey 2 introduces novel scents for your pup to identify (birch, etc). At the conclusion of the course, your pup will be competent at finding and marking specific scents. 

Nosey 3

Nosey 3 takes the show on the road! You will head to the great outdoors and apply your foundational skills to search items such as vehicles. The challenge will be increased as you face real-life distractions and must account for weather factors such as wind, temperature, and moisture. At the conclusion of this course, you will be ready to go pro!

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Reliable Puppy

Reliable Puppy is all about reliably "coming when called"... here, there, and anywhere! It's a seasonal outdoor course where you have fun playing recall games, gaining connection, and putting your foundational skills to the test!

Level: Intermediate 
Ages: ~5 months & older
Length: 1 hour, meeting for 4 weeks 
Class Size: 5 Students
Includes: Clicker & handouts
Location: Out and about in a park or city setting 
Cost: $150
Pre-requisite: Good Puppy Course, or equivalent. If transferring from another training company, it's required to schedule a Private "Make-Up Session" to assess readiness. Please contact the office at info@wonder-puppy.com or 503.697.7877.
Cancelation Policy: 72 hours notice before course starts to receive credit or refund.

Note: This is a Late Spring-Late Fall course because classes are held outdoors.


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Before You Come to Your Group Class or Playgroup

Please Bring:

  • Leash 6ft leash (non-retractable)

  • Harness and/or collar (no chains or prongs)

  • Treat Pouch and Treats - a variety of really yummy, chewy pea-sized goodies (you can get ‘em here!)

  • Clicker (group courses only and you will get one at the first class!)
  • Edible Chew Stick and/or Stuffed Kong

  • Toys - squeaky toy and tug toy

  • &... An exercised, pottied, semi-hungry pup!

 

Pup Requirements: 


Healthy, vaccinated, & free of parasites:

  • At least one wellness check-up by your personal Veterinarian + and health approved for attending training services with Wonder Puppy®.
  • One set of puppy shots and one deworming given by veterinarian + 7 days, for: Distemper, Hepatitis (or Adenovirus), Para influenza, and Parvovirus.
    Bordetella and Leptospirosis, only if recommended by your veterinarian
  • Remaining up-to-date on all vaccines (blood titers are okay).
  • No diarrhea, vomiting, or coughing within 24 hours of attending WP training services.
  • While we don't REQUIRE a fecal, it is very important to get a fecal done for your dog to make sure that they are not carrying parasites. We strongly suggest you ask your vet to check this.
  • Check it out! Veterinarians agree that socialization should happen BEFORE completion of vaccinations! 
 

Shelter and rescue quarantine time:

  • Adopted pups can come to class after 10 days in their new homes and once their new veterinarian gives them a clean bill of health.