In support of social distancing, our Puppy Preschool sessions currently focus on passive socialization and providing positive, novel experiences.  For now, this will not include the puppies interacting directly with each other.

These fun, 45-minute sessions are designed to give you and your young pup the best possible start. During each session, your pup will get to see and gain confidence around other pups and people in a safe environment. PLUS, we’ll cover important puppy topics in each session. Our trainers will present the latest, research-based information and practical exercises on the most critical topics in puppy raising. These sessions are an ideal way to get early, positive socialization for your pup and to prepare for Manners 1 class.

We recommend that pups start attending these sessions as soon as possible, after receiving two sets of vaccinations. Ideally, your pup should attend Puppy Preschool sessions (at least one per week) until about 16 weeks of age. Be sure to catch each of the four rotating topics at least once. Then, make plans to attend Manners 1 for training all the behaviors essential for a great dog. Rotating topics:

  • Leash Basics – Great Start for Leash Walking
  • Puppy Biting – Handling and Puppy Biting
  • Jumping – Jumping and Puppy Tag
  • Drop-it – Resource Guarding Prevention and Trading
  • Pups must be 9 – 16 weeks at the time of the session
  • We require that your pup has a minimum of two sets of vaccinations prior to coming to WAGD.
  • $20 for each single 45-minute session

If you took our Online Puppy Seminar, yay for you! We trust that you got some great puppy raising strategies. Note that you’ll create a different login to enroll in our in-facility classes. After enrollment, watch for a confirmation email with specific, detailed information.

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Your Instructors

  • Head Pet Manners Trainer

    Ashley Johnson, KPA-CTP
    Ashley joined the What a Great Dog! staff in February 2013. She is the Head Trainer for WAGD’s Pet Manners program. Ashley is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners and Rally. Ashley is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and an AKC CGC Evaluator. She utilizes positive, science-based training techniques for both dogs and people! Ashley is a key […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Alyssa Copeland
    Alyssa joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2019 and completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Foundations and WAGD’s Trainer Education Program in 2020. She teaches Pet Manners at the Richardson location. Alyssa has always had a passion for dogs, having grown up in a family that competed with dogs in conformation, agility, and competitive obedience. She also participated in […]
  • General Manager of WAGD-Richardson

    Ashton Gray
    Ashton Gray has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since September 2017. They teach Trick Dog classes, Manners classes, and they’re the General Manager at the Richardson location. Ashton completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2017 and is an AKC CGC Evaluator. Their greatest joy is helping owners build stronger relationships with their dogs through […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Brittany Wingfield
    Brittany joined the What A Great Dog! Team in January 2017. She enjoys teaching pet owners all about positive training, building relationships and communicating better with their pups. She has her Bachelor of Sciences in Biology from the University of Louisville and got hooked on training while volunteering at The Louisville Zoo in 2010 watching sessions with sea lions, bears […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Clemmie Jones, KPA-CTP
    Clemmie Jones, KPA-CTP, joined What a Great Dog in 2019. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and she completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2020. Clemmie first started working with dogs as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an assistance dog organization, in 2013. She went to work in the CCI kennels […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Dan Bohun
    Dan teaches Pet Manners classes, Puppy Preschools, and private lessons at our Frisco location. Dan has been an avid dog lover from a young age; growing up with multiple dogs and later having his own. He previously worked in the healthcare field, specifically in hospital management with over 20 years in the materials department. In 2018, Dan and his wife […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Diane Cocchiara
    Diane Cocchiara joined WAGD back in 2018! She teaches Pet Manners, Puppy Preschools and Private Lessons. She completed her Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course in 2018 and WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2019. She is currently working on her certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Diane has two dogs of her own, Eugene a Lab/Hound […]
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Kristi Bass, CPDT-KA
    Kristi joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2016. She is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. While working with dog playgroups in the daycare setting, she became fascinated by canine behavior. After 8 years in banking, she decided it was time to change careers.  She completed the Karen […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Laura Arasmith Wilson
    Laura Arasmith Wilson joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2018. She teaches Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. She also teaches our Enrichment Seminar: Beyond Squeaky Toys! In 2013, Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has since interned with the […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Macy Holdrich
    Macy joined What a Great Dog! in August of 2019. She teaches Pet Manners at our Richardson location. She enjoys teaching clients how to build a relationship with their dogs using positive reinforcement training so that they can experience the joy of training together! Macy has a passion for positive, reward-based dog training and continues to learn though attending workshops […]
  • General Manager of WAGD-Frisco

    Rachel Vogt
    Rachel has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since November of 2018. She is the General Manager for the Frisco location, and teaches Pet Manners. She completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2019. Rachel has been training dogs since she acquired her first Labrador Retriever while in college. Rachel started attending classes at WAGD with […]