Our Policies

Our policies help ensure safety for all!


Shunka & Paws, canine mentors from past years.  

Check out our special rates for dogs adopted through shelters and official rescue organizations!  The Puppy School encourages everyone to adopt from shelters and in this way reduce the number of wonderful dogs patiently waiting for homes who are killed every year due to lack of room in shelters and not enough people adopting from shelters.   Almost 700,000 adoptable dogs are killed in U.S. shelters every year due to overcrowding.  Please give a shelter dog the chance they deserve!  They are most often our best pupils!  Shunka and Paws (in photo above) were from shelters, and Charlie and Wags (in the videos on this site) were Reservation dogs.    What magnificent souls!

  • All puppies participating in Puppy Kindergarten group classes must have completed at least 2 of the series of 3 Distemper/Parvo vaccinations.  They must also be vaccinated against Bordetella.    

  • Puppies are welcome to start private classes as young as 9 weeks.  They do not need to be fully vaccinated (they cannot be at this age) but they must be up to date on vaccinations.  All dogs 16 weeks and older must have received their Rabies vaccination to participate in classes.   

  • Vaccination records must be shared with The Puppy School via email before your first class.  Please email records to ThePuppySchool1@gmail.com

  • If you wish to qualify for the special Rescue Rate, please email your dog's adoption papers.  

  • All adult dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations (exceptions may be made for senior dogs 10+).     

  • No dog or person can come to class if they have any symptoms of illness (this applies to both private and group classes).   

  • Only one non-furry family member is allowed to come to small group classes with your pup.  More than this is too distracting for the pup.  Up to 2 family members may attend private classes.  

  • All dogs seven months and older must be spayed/neutered to enroll in group classes or go on puppy hikes. 
  • All puppies who are not yet fully vaccinated and who have been adopted through shelters or rescue organizations must have been in their current home for a minimum of 12 days before participating in group classes or before  they are permitted on The Puppy School grounds.  Private classes are possible even before this time but would be done in your yard, not at The Puppy School.  
  • Discounted rates for dogs adopted through official rescue organizations do not apply to purebred dogs adopted through breed-specific "rescues".  Our philosophy is to encourage adopting dogs that have not been purposefully bred.  This will continue to be our policy as long as there are so many wonderful dogs killed in shelters every year due to over-population.  

  • We do not offer classes for adult dogs with people or dog aggression issues but do work with puppies with such issues on a case by case basis.    Aggression issues must be fully disclosed to The Puppy School before scheduling a class.  Dogs with aggression issues are not eligible for group classes.

  • Class fees are paid in full at the time of registration for a series of classes or at the time of each private class.  Payment is considered late if not made at the time your private class is given and a $5/day late fee is charged until payment is received.  Registration for group classes is not guaranteed until payment is received.  No refunds for missed scheduled classes. 

  • Payment for classes can be made in cash or check only.   Sorry, no credit/debit cards.

  • We do some off-leash work during classes.  Amongst other things, this helps to ensure safety for your dog should they unexpectedly jump out of a car or leave your house unleashed.  The City of Fort Collins has a leash law.   Kindly familiarize yourself with this law and understand that it is your responsibility to pay any fines that may be incurred related to off leash work during classes.

  • Should any class have to be rescheduled by The Puppy School for any reason, enrolees will be refunded the prorated amount for classes missed or will be offered the opportunity to reschedule. 

  • To participate in classes or other activities, all persons must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.   The Puppy School may ask to see proof of vaccination.  This is for our own safety and wellbeing.