Puppy Head Start Program

Here at Top Dog SF, we help build your puppy’s foundation to be a Top Dog! Our 4-week program is perfect for puppies ages 8 weeks to 12 weeks. We give your puppy an opportunity to play, socialize, and learn with our skilled, certified trainers and staff. Our Puppy Head Start Program is customized to help your puppy in the areas they need help with after initial assessment. Our Top Dog SF Head Start Program is designed to work alongside the training you are doing with them at home and out in the world to strengthen their foundation and prepare them for city life and a positive future!

4 Day Program

$12008:00 am to 12:00pm
  • 4 consecutive weeks
  • A total of 16 sessions and days are set due to limited enrollment

5 Day Program

$15008:00am to 12:00pm
  • 4 consecutive weeks
  • A total of 20 sessions

It’s like pre-school for dogs!

  • For puppies 8 weeks to 12 weeks at the time of enrollment. 
  • Drop off your puppy for morning sessions at our convenient Inner Sunset Location
  • School hours are from 8:00am – 12:00 pm
  • You pick either 4x, or 5x, a week Monday through Friday for 4 weeks
  • We offer a Top Dog Big City Program once your puppy has completed our Puppy Head Start Program each afternoon from which starts at 12:30pm!
  • Join us for daily dog adventure walks at the Top Dog Ranch with the big dogs when your puppy is old enough and fully vaccinated.

Requirements to be a Top Dog Puppy Student

  • Puppies from 8-12 weeks; inquire if past 12 weeks for eligibility.
  • Puppy has had a veterinary examination within 7 days prior to beginning Top Dog SF Head Start Program.
  • Vaccinations: We require the first round of 3 core vaccinations (DHPP, Canine Influenza & Bordetella) to be completed at least 5 days before your pup’s first day.
  • Puppy has a negative fecal test for Giardia and intestinal parasites within 7 days prior to beginning the Head Start Program.
  • Puppy has been at your home for at least 7 full days.
George the puppy riding a skateboard

Why sign up for Top Dog SF’s Puppy Head Start Program?

While at our Puppy Head Start Program, your puppy’s training will blossom as we partner with you to improve their foundational education. At school, we help your puppy build skills in these areas:

  • Puppy etiquettes, play skills & dog manners
  • Socialization with other dogs & people
  • Name recognition and recall
  • Build basic obedience skills
  • Develop crate and alone time skills
  • Sound and handling exposure
  • Bite inhibition
  • Settling and confidence building
  • And much more!

Need more help? We offer one-on-one in-home puppy training and tutoring sessions both online and in person if needed.

If there is something your puppy needs that we do not work on at school, or if your pup needs a bit more attention in certain areas, we are here to help!  We offer private training sessions with one of our certified trainers. We can also help with additional problem behaviors such as:

  • Potty Training
  • Leash Manners
  • Counter Surfing
  • Resource Guarding
  • And more!


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