Our Policies

Our policies help ensure safety for all


Shunka & Paws, canine mentors from past years.  

Check out our special rates for recently-adopted 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 very adoptable 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 wonderful dogs are killed in U.S. shelters every year due to overcrowding.  Please give a shelter dog the chance they deserve!  They are often our best pupils!  

  • All puppies enrolling in Puppy Kindergarten must have completed at least 2 of the series of 3 Distemper/Parvo vaccinations and be vaccinated against Bordetella by the time of their first group class.  All those enrolling in any class other than Puppy Kindergarten or participating in any special activity (special classes, Puppy Hikes, Puppy Playdates) must be fully vaccinated, which means they must have received all 3 of their Distemper/Parvo vaccinations, their Rabies vaccination, and their Bordetella vaccination.  

  • All dogs 16 weeks and older must have received their Rabies vaccination to participate in either private or group classes.   

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

  • All pups enrolling in private classes must be up-to-date on vaccinations for their age.  They do not need to be fully vaccinated, just up-to-date on vaccinations for their age. 

  • Puppies are welcome to start private classes as young as 9 weeks.   

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

  • All dogs and people must be healthy to come to class (this applies to both private and group classes).   

  • Only one non-furry family member is allowed to come to class with your pup.  More than this is too distracting for the pup.  Exceptions may be made for special cases.

  • All dogs seven months and older must be spayed/neutered to enroll in group classes (special exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis).    
  • 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 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 please.   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 group classes or any other group activities, all persons must be fully vaccinated against COVID.  The Puppy School may ask to see your COVID vaccination card.