Puppy Kindergarten

Probably the single most important thing you can do to help your puppy grow up to be a friendly, confident, reliable and happy family member is to socialize your puppy now.

- Patricia McConnell, PhD

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The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine offers puppy socialization classes for puppies under 13 weeks of age and their owners. This age is a very critical developmental stage for puppies. The lessons they learn during this "critical socialization period" will affect them for life. Thus, it is important to teach puppies to accept and be comfortable with a variety of people, places, sights and sounds.

Puppy kindergarten serves to socialize new puppies so that they may learn to handle stress and new situations well as an adult. Additionally, the class will provide owner education in all aspects of canine development and behavior problem prevention and resolution. Owners can utilize this early experience to create a confident, comfortable and loving member of their household and community.

Dr. Herron's Behavior Guide for Your New Puppy

When and Where

The series includes an orientation (without puppies) and four, one-hour puppy socialization classes held at the Veterinary Medical Center. Classes are held at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted. Classes will be held unless there is a Level 2 snow emergency or the university is closed.

Five week session start dates:

(first, listed date is orientation only - no puppies)

Wednesdays: January 3, February 14, March 28, May 30, July 25, September 5

Thursdays: January 18, March 15, May 24, July 12, August 23, November 29

Please email us directly for recommendations on facilities and trainers in your area if your puppy is unable to attend classes with us.

The first class is for owners only - do not bring your puppy to class the first day. 

Who Can Attend

All puppies under 13 weeks of age (at the beginning of class) are encouraged to join puppy kindergarten. Owners may bring family members, including children above age 3 (with an additional supervising adult) to class. To insure that all puppies are healthy and protected from infectious disease, each puppy must be properly vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian at least 7 days before the start of class. A veterinary health form for proof of exam and vaccination, to be filled out by a veterinarian, can be obtained by email request or by downloading the form online. Bring this completed form with you to the first day of class.

Registration and Fees

The cost for the entire 5 week course is $120. A $10 discount is offered to all OSU employees and students. Please bring BuckID to class. Payments can be made in the form of check or money order to: The Ohio State University. Mail or drop-off payments with accompanying registration form to Puppy Kindergarten, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, 601 Vernon L. Tharp St., Columbus, Ohio 43210-1089. You will be contacted by phone or e-mail to confirm registration.

An e-mail acknowledgment will be sent when registration and payment are received. A final confirmation of your puppy's enrollment will be sent no later than one week prior to the start of class. Please note that sending in a registration does not guarantee enrollment as registration is for a limited number of puppies per class.

Payments are non-refundable unless the class you request is full. Space is limited – owners are encouraged to sign up early!


Please email puppyclass@osu.edu with questions concerning the class or registration.


Send payment with the registration form to request a space in class. Have your veterinarian complete the veterinary health form and bring it to the first day of class. Day one of class is for owners only - No puppies please!