Since 2005, T.A.H. Puppy Kindergarten has been working with owners and their furry friends to make good puppies into great dogs! Puppy Kindergarten is a weekly series of four classes where puppies and their owners work together to learn best behaviors. Every week your puppy will be exposed to new and exciting situations in order to teach him/her how to interact with other people and dogs. Because it is a safe and protected environment, we can teach your puppy how to react and that new experiences are not scary or strange. Ultimately, we will turn your puppy into a confident, well-mannered and loving family member. This course has assisted in raising more than 400 puppies in a way that was less stressful and more fun for the whole family.
Meet Your Instructors
Debbie Sasse, R.V.T. ***** "I have seen the techniques of dog training change tremendously over the years. Socialization as young as 6-weeks-old and the techniques we teach have incredible effects on the behavior of dogs. We have learned so much in the progression of animal psychology to reduce bad behaviors, like biting, that outdated training techniques can consequently create bad behaviors in good dogs. I love to share this information with new puppy owners and watch their bond with their pets grow." - Debbie Sasse
Debbie has been part of the Temperance Animal Hospital team for more than 20 years. As the Technician Manager, she oversees all personnel responsible for the treatment, care and surgical needs of your pets. Her interest in animal behavior and care reaches beyond her profession and into her personal life as a Michigan K9 One Search & Rescue Group Mission Ready Area Search Specialist along with her dog Rose. She has also participated in specialized behavior courses to deepen her knowledge of dogs including "DOGS!" at Purdue University and the online course "Puppy Start Right" by Karen Pryor.
Jamie Jackson, R.V.T. ***** "Helping with Puppy Kindergarten has been a wonderful experience. I am able to help clients socialize their pets to create fantastic companions. Teaching the importance of socialization and training, starting at a young age, is so vital to the pets life-long happiness. Luckily, I am able to share this information during puppy appointments, and follow through during class. I love being able to strengthen the bond between owner and pet!" - Jamie Jackson
Jamie has been part of the Temperance Animal Hospital team for more than 4 years. As a Veterinary Technician, she is able to help pets during appointments and during Puppy Kindergarten. Jamie's special interest in behavior comes from having 3 dogs herself and knowing the vital importance of proper socialization and training starting at a young age. Jamie uses her knowledge to help her clients bring out the best in their pets for a strong, life-long bond. Jamie has learned her socialization techniques through the teaching of current instructor, Debbie Sasse, and former instructor, Angela.
It is important for your puppy to attend kindergarten during the first 6- to 16-weeks of life - when they are developing social skills. Although your puppy will be instructed in basic commands, these classes are not designed to teach obedience. Instead, they will give your puppy the social skills he/she needs to become a well-behaved member of society. All puppies must be between 6- to 16- weeks old and must have proof of being up-to-date on puppy DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Parvo) and Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccines. They must also have proof of a negative fecal sample to be sure there are no intestinal parasites. Before starting the course, each owner must attend an orientation class without their puppy.