Puppy Head Start School

We will teach your new puppy how to be a TOP DOG in San Francisco! Our small, specialized puppy training program will be specifically tailored to what your puppy needs. Our highly trained and skilled Top Dog staff and certified trainers have what you and your puppy need to thrive in the big city!

We offer 3, 4 or 5 day programs. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  We offer puppy concierge for picking up and dropping off your pup (call for rates)! We also offer one-on-one puppy in-home tutoring training sessions if you need more help at home and in the big city with your little pup!

We offer 3, 4 & 5 week training programs with our certified trainers

We have a training program that grows with both your puppy and your needs. In Our Head Start Program, we work with your puppy during the work day while you are at work. We will teach your puppy basic obedience, potty training, crate training, anti-jumping, play skills, appropriate/soft mouth fear prevention and much, much more! You can relax knowing we are there to put in the hard work, skill, dedication and time with your little one during the crucial early socialization period so you can enjoy your puppy and all that they have learned! 

The Puppy Head Start Program is a great training foundation for your puppy to then graduate to our outdoor walking membership to explore the big world while safely socializing, exercising and having fun.

Give us a call to see how we can help you survive those early puppyhood days!

Need more help? We offer one-on-one in-home puppy training and tutoring sessions

  • In-home puppy training includes:

    • Potty training
    • Anti-jumping
    • Polite greetings
    • Recall
    • Crate training 
    • Follow up remote training sessions are 1 hour sessions. Live video training sessions with clients when needed.

Requirements to be a Top Dog Puppy

  • Puppy has to have an up-to-date vaccine and exam schedule with veterinarian and examination within 7 days prior to beginning the program 
  • Puppy has had at least 1 Distemper and 1 Parvo vaccine (known at your vet’s office as DHPP, DHLPP, DH4PP vaccine) 
  • Puppy has had a fecal test for Giardia and intestinal parasites within 7 days prior to beginning the program
  • Puppy has been at your home for at least 5 full days 
  • Eligible 8-12 weeks; inquire if past 12 weeks for assessment


Skills Gained

  • Exposure to other dogs and people 
  • Proper play etiquette 
  • Proper house etiquette including potty training 
  • Recall
  • Crate training
  • Alone time training
  • Learning and reinforcement
  • Socialization and fear prevention
  • Controlling stealing 
  • Foundational commands and obedience 
  • & much more!


Structure of the Day for Your Top Dog Puppy 

Your puppy’s day in the life as a Top Dogger! School is in session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Puppy concierge is offered: Pick-up earlier and drop-off later for an additional fee. Email us for more info! 

Play & Train Morning Session

  • 9 am to 10 am: Puppy pick up time!
  • 10 am: School’s in session
  • 10 am to 11 am: Play, train, and socialize with friends 
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Learning exercises with our certified trainers
  • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch, crate time and nap

Training sessions can include recall, reinforcements, crate training, potty training, socialization, fear prevention, proper play skills, and much more! 

    Play & Train Afternoon Session

    • 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: working on proper play training. We will work on desensitization practices for puppies being handled and touched by veterinarians and groomers. Practices for acceptance can include touching paws, trimming nails, brushing teeth, touching ears and tail by our staff veterinary technician. 
    • 3:00pm to 3:30 pm: School’s out! Puppy drop off time!

    *Puppy Head Start School is based on location and availability. New puppy In-Home Training Consultation required prior to 1st day of enrollment in the Puppy Head Start School. Puppy Survival Book included!

    Call 628-207-7555 or email for availability!

    In-Home Training Consultation


    1.5 hour session

    *New puppy in-home training consultation required prior to 1st day of enrollment in the Puppy Head Start Program.

    5 Day Program

    $2000 ($100/day)

    4 consecutive weeks

    A total of 20 sessions.

    4 Day Program

    $1700 ($110/day)

    4 consecutive weeks

    A total of 16 sessions.

    3 Day Program

    $1440 ($120/day)

    4 consecutive weeks

    A total of 12 sessions and days are pre-determined.

    1:1 In-Home Puppy Training & Tutoring


    Follow up remote training sessions are $100 for each 1 hour session. Live video training sessions with clients when needed.


    We strive to provide fun and energetic experiences, both on and off-leash, for our dogs utilizing reward-based training methods and specialized treatment plans for each dog based on their needs and personality.