Veterinarians who specialize in animal behavior say “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life.”  They go on to say “Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized.” You can read their position statement on puppy socialization here.

Our puppy classes are designed to 
provide great socialization experiences while teaching you how to teach your puppy to be the best family member and companion he can be!. Throughout this 6 week course we’ll discuss your puppy’s upcoming physical and behavioral development. We’ll begin teaching him polite behavior and expose him to other people, puppies and novelty in a safe and positive way.  Contact us for the next start date.

7 week course
Professional Fee: $220

Clicker training – imagine the possibilities!  What is clicker or “marker” training and why do: zoo-keepers, progressive Guide Dog trainers,  various military organizations, sports dog professionals, and dog trainers use it?  This dynamic (and fun!) course starts with an orientation for people.  We’ll discuss what “marker” training is, why we use it and how dogs learn.  We’ll work on some handler mechanics before we start teaching some fun behaviors to your dog during class week 2.  We’ll all learn about training together as we train behaviors like impulse control, hand targeting, ringing a bell, teaching the

dog to trim his own nails and more.  See what some other dogs learned in Clicker Foundations.


The Center for K9 Excellence
2812 Idlewild Rd.
West Jefferson, N.C.


 Our group dog training classes are held at :                                        

For puppies 8-14 weeks of age

Location: The Center for K9 Excellence

2812 Idlewild Road

West Jefferson, NC 28694

**​Puppy Pre-K Class**

Dog training for Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, Ashe, Avery & Watauga Counties, NC

For Boone, West Jefferson and the surrounding areas

We will be adding some Control Unleashed classes and confidence building for all dog sports, as well as trick classes, and don't forget to check out our Nose Work page!

Please contact us concerning group class availability for the

2017 fall/winter season

Teaching Polite Behavior to the Family Dog
6 wk course
Professional Fees $190 

Our 6-week Mind Your Manners is a great introduction to teaching your dog how you want him to behave. We introduce the following skills & concepts -

Basic Obedience (sit, settle, come when called)
Leash Manners
Impulse Control with Food and Toys
How Dogs Learn
Dog Body Language
Finding Solutions for Unwanted Behaviors (jumping up, dashing out the door, & more)

Dates: January 16th, 23rd, 30th & February 6th, 13th, 20th

Day/Time: Tuesday mornings at 10 am

Fee: ​$190

See"Sign Up" page for class description & registration form