VCA South Arundel Animal Hospital

85 West Central Avenue
Edgewater, MD 21037


Pup Prep at South Arundel

Next session begins June 7th, 2016

4 classes - $85

Help your new addition become an integrated part of your family and community by enrolling in South Arundel's Puppy Preschool.  It is important that your puppy become socialized at a young age with other people and dogs.  A successful relationship requires hard work and starts early. Margie Dowsett of Toad Hollow Dog Training is our teacher, with 30 years experience training puppies and dogs with positive, reward based techniques. She will help you foster a lifetime bond with your pet.  Classes meet on four consecutive Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at South Arundel. The cost is $80 for the series and includes a graduation goody bag with valuable coupons for services at South Arundel. Please contact us to enroll your puppy.


All participating puppies must have received a Bordetella vaccine at least 10 days prior to the first class session. 

Puppy Curriculum

Our series of four one-hour classes covers a variety of different training techniques and commands.  During the four weeks, you and your puppy will learn about and participate in:


Week One

  • Lures and Rewards
  • Name recognition
  • Eye contact
  • House training
  • The "sit" command
  • Socialization with other puppies
  • Game: Go Wild and Freeze

Week Two
  • Review
  • The "down" command
  • "Leave it"
  • Nipping and mouthing
  • Bite inhibition
  • Socialization with strangers
  • Choosing the right collar
  • Handling exercises
  • Games to help with "come!"
  • Puppy Free Play

Week Three

  • The "come!" command
  • The "stay!" command
  • Children and puppies
  • Strategies for jumping up
  • Handling and restraint
  • New environmental stimulations
  • Game: Fetch!
  • Puppy Free Play

Week Four

  • Drop it!
  • Handling puppy's feet
  • Food bowl exercises
  • Preventing possessive behavior 
  • Down stay and sit stay
  • Wait!
  • Game: Keep Away
  • Puppy Free Play

    Canine College will begin in the Fall

    6 sessions for $110 

We encourage all of our Puppy Pre-School graduates to continue their education by enrolling in South Arundel's Dog Obedience Classes.  This series of six one hour-long classes is taught by Margaret Dowsett, a dog obedience instructor with over three decades of experience. Each series of classes includes positive, reward-based methods to improve your dog's every day behavior and prepare for advanced training. With a maximum of eight dogs per class, individual attention is assured.

Class sessions are held throughout the year at the Mayo Community Hall (1175 Mayo Road, Edgewater).  Participating pets must be at least 16 weeks of age and be current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccinations.  Class size is limited - contact us to enroll your pet today!

Basic Obedience Class: 7 - 8 pm,  6 weeks, Wednesdays, Cost: $110  Dogs at least 4 months old.
AKC STAR Puppy Class: 7 weeks, Wednesdays,  Cost: $130 Puppies 4 months to a year old. The STAR Puppy class is incorporates the regular 6 week class with a certification test conducted during the 7th week. Please visit this link for more information on the STAR program and its perks:


(Please note that classes two through six  will begin with a review of the prior week's instruction and homework.)

Week One

  • Principles & Basic Concepts of Reward-based Training
  • Watch Me! command
  • Sit - default behaviors
  • Stay or Wait command
  • Down command
  • Stress Signals
  • Manners
Week Two
  • Down/Stay command
  • Touch! command
  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Games: Watch Me! Beat the Clock!
  • Canine Good Citizen Handling & the Collar Grab
Week Three
  • "Come Fore!" & "Come" commands
  • Games to reinforce "Come" command
  • "With me!" finish command
  • "Settle" command
Week Four
  • Recall
  • "Leave It!" command
  • "Find It!" Game

Week Five

  • Stand
  • Canine Good Citizen Supervised Separation
  • Enrichment Activities
  • "Enough!" command
  • Guarding
  • "Out!" command

Week Six

  • "Go There!" command
  • Stand/Stay
  • Canine Good Citizen - Sitting Politely for Petting