DAY

SCHOOL

Drop your dog off Stepping Stone Animal Training for an exciting day of learning!

 

Your dog will experience structured group games, controlled group play, private lessons, fitness training, group lessons, and any other activities your dog may need.

 

We keep our Day School class very small – less than seven dogs per trainer! This way, we can improve confidence, focus, and self-control in each student. At the end of each day, you will receive a detailed report with goals and plan.

Are you a new client?

SCHEDULE AN INTAKE with your dog to get them on the roster!

$89 per day

Schedule
FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What are Day School Hours?


Drop off is between 7 am and 9 am Pick up is between 4 pm and 6 pm




What does my dog do all day?


7am- 9am: Drop off & structured group play For day school and program dogs we ask that you arrive for drop off between 7-9am. Please call upon arrival and a staff member will come out to get your dog from you at your vehicle. We ask that all clients wear a mask at drop off and pick up each day. Once inside, each dog and their belongings are wiped down with a towel that we spray with alcohol to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID. After being wiped down, the dogs are introduced into our structured play group until training sessions begin at 9am. Our trainers also use this time to come up with each dog's individual lesson plan for the day based on the goals listed on their intake assessment and what the owner has requested we work on.

Throughout the day, your dog will participate in individual and group training sessions. Between sessions is when we are working with the dogs on loose leash walking, cooperative care, waiting at doors, calmly interacting with staff and anything the individual dog needs to succeed.

12pm- 2pm: Nap time Between noon and 2pm each dog goes to their space to rest for nap time. The goal for this is that students will learn how to settle and sleep in their own crate. We feel it is important that each of our students learn how to relax in different environments as well as have a chance to rest and be prepared for afternoon training. 4pm- 6pm: Pick up & structured group play After each dog has their last individual training session we start structured group play. We ask that all dogs are picked up between 4pm- 6pm. There is a late fee for dogs that are picked up after 6pm. When you arrive to pick up your dog, please call our front desk and a staff member will wipe your dog down with a towel sprayed with alcohol and bring your dog to you at your vehicle. We ask that all clients wear a mask at drop off and pick up.




How is Day School different from Day Care?


There are numerous differences:

  1. Often daycare includes many dogs of varying sizes, play styles and ages. We only include a maximum of 7 students per trainer in our class. This allows us to include dogs that are unable to tolerate a more chaotic daycare setting.
  2. Our play sessions are scheduled, controlled and supervised by highly experienced and trained staff.
  3. Each dog has nap time in their own private crate or space.
  4. Each dog receives training sessions throughout the day.
  5. Each dog receives multiple group training sessions throughout the day to specifically teach self control and focus.
  6. We become familiar with each dog's specific learning style, needs and behavior goals.
  7. We are able to create some real-life scenarios to work on specific problems.
  8. You get a report card detailing how your dog did, what your dog did along with pictures and videos.




When can my dog start Day School?


Your puppy or dog may attend Day School as soon as they have started their vaccinations with your veterinarian (including bordatella), and you have completed an Intake Assessment with one of our Trainers. Puppies under 14 weeks of age will be socialized, housetrained and begin foundation behaviors. Dogs are never too old to attend Day School, although some older dogs may not enjoy the social interactions as much as a younder dog.




My dog wasn't a good fit for Day Care- can he/she come to Day School?


Yes! very possibly. The experience of our staff combined with our education center's flexibility, allows us to create a positive learning experience for many dogs that otherwise may not be comfortable in a daycare setting. We evalute each student's situtation on an individual basis and come up with a plan.




I think my dog has separation anxiety. Would Day School be a good fit for him/her?


Yes!! We can teach your dog self confidence and how to be independant while we address the separation anxiety.




Who teaches Day School?


Sarah teaches School Monday though Thursday and Khaz teaches Thursday mornings.​