Puppy Classes

Puppies are clean slates, ready to learn

Puppies are mostly clean slates and ready to learn.

About the Puppy Training Program

Three levels of puppy training will take your new puppy from nine weeks through part of the difficult “adolescent” period, when many dogs are given up.  The classes are held at the Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital in Sandy Spring, Md., which helps your puppy develop a positive attitude to coming to the vet.


Smart Start Puppy Class

For puppies 9 to 16 weeks old on first day of class.  In this class you will learn how to socialize your young puppies to strangers, children, friendly dogs, noises and events.  It’s a great foundation for the rest of their lives and prevents common behavior problems from developing.

Using reward-based training methods, we introduce the puppy to being handled, explore novel objects, focus on his person and have fun learning. The class covers kindergarten versions of basic behaviors, such as sit, down, hand targeting, impulse control, recall and walking on a loose leash.  The puppy’s owner learns how to communicate with the puppy, how to manage normal puppy behaviors, such as nipping, jumping and grabbing-and-running, and also how to build a trusting relationship with your young dog.  Couples and families are encouraged to come to class together.

Puppies who are not OSSVH clients must show proof of the second set of vaccinations.

(6 sessions – First class is a comprehensive orientation and meets without puppies.)      Fee: $180

Class times –  Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Next Class begins – Wednesday, March 13, 2019  7:30 p.m. (First session can last 1 1/2 hours.)

Register for Smart  Start Puppy Class


Puppy Plus! Class

For puppies 5-9 months old.This class builds on the behaviors learned in Smart Start puppy class.  Puppies learn fast sits and downs, focus on owner, elementary school versions of sit and down stays (duration and mild distractions), wait before a recall, recall with mild distractions, sitting while puppy’s person greets someone, walking on a loose leash past a person with a dog, accepting handling while sitting and greeting a friendly dog. Class is held at OSSVH in Sandy Spring, Md.

(Puppy must have had an introductory puppy class or the instructor’s permission. Please call 301-229-2302 if you’re not sure.)

(6 sessions; puppies come to first class) Fee: $180

Class times – Saturdays 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Next  Class begins –  TBA

Register for Puppy Plus Class


Beyond Puppy Plus! Class

For puppies 6-12 months old. In this class we continue to solidify the basic behaviors of sit, down, sit/down stays (adding distance to duration and distractions), stand, recall with stronger distractions, accepting grooming with a brush and handling of ears and front feet, focus on owner, staying calmly with a stranger while owner goes out of sight, walking on loose leash with automatic sit, and sitting while owner greets another person with a dog.  (Puppy must have had an introduction to foundation behaviors or permission of instructor.) Class is held at OSSVH in Sandy Spring, Md.

( 6 sessions; puppies come to first class) Fee: $180

Class Times – Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Next Class begins – TBD

Register for Beyond Puppy Plus Class


Registration for all Puppy Classes

In order to enroll in a class, you must complete an application form (below) and mail it with your check [made out to Alfhild Winder not Come When Called], to the address on the form .

Register for any Puppy Class


Once your completed Class Application form is received, you will receive confirmation by telephone or email. Please do not assume your application was received and you are enrolled in a class until you have received confirmation. The classes are purposely small and fill fast.

Please be patient; it can take a few days to receive your application. Payment is required at time of application to reserve a space in class. Once you have been confirmed for a class, the fee is non-refundable. Please see the section on cancellations and refunds before registering for a class. If you are not a client of OSSVH, you must present proof of 2 rounds of DHLPP vaccination for the Smart Start Puppy class and proof of current rabies vaccination for all other classes. Please bring proof of vaccination to the first class session in order to participate.

Once your completed Class Application form is received, . . . Please be patient . . . Or email Al at comewhencalled@verizon.net

Where To Meet For Class

Puppy and Just the Basics classes are held at the Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital at 1300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, Md. 20860.  Phone:  301-774-9500. Ample parking is available. For everyone’s safety, when you arrive for class, please take care around other dogs you see, since some may not be good with other dogs.  If your dog is difficult to control, please wait outside and I will come out to help you and your dog enter.  Thank you for your cooperation!

What To Bring To Class

1. If you are not a client of OSSVH, bring proof of rabies vaccination for Just the Basics. For Smart Start Puppy class, bring proof of 2 rounds of DHLPP vaccinations.

2. Flat buckle or martingale collar (can be nylon, cotton or leather; no choke, prong or shock collars, please!) or a Gentle Leader, Snoot Loop or Halti head halter.

3. A 5- to 6-foot leash (no retractable leashes).

4. A non-slip mat for your dog to lie on.

5. The first session of the Smart Start Puppy class is a comprehensive orientation and meets without dogs. For the second class, bring a hungry dog and a variety of your dog’s favorite soft treats, cut into pea-size pieces.


If the minimum enrollment for a class is not met 3 days prior to the first class session, the class will be canceled. I will notify you 3 days before the class was scheduled to begin to see if you would like to receive credit toward a future class or a full refund.


I will return your check by mail. If after the first session of a class a dog is unable to attend due to an injury or illness, you can receive a 50% credit toward a future class. I regret that no credit or refund can be provided for any reason after the first session of a class. There is a $15 fee for all returned checks.


Orientations are the most important part of Come When Called classes. Therefore, students enrolled in classes with an orientation must attend their scheduled orientation to participate in the class. If you know ahead of time that you will be unable to attend the orientation, please let me know one week before the first class to receive a refund. Students who miss the orientation without making prior arrangements, are assumed to have dropped out of the class and will forfeit their class fee. The space will be given to a student on the wait list. If you miss a session, other than orientation, please contact me to discuss what was covered and to receive an email of class handouts.

Other Information

In order to protect all participants in a class, CWC reserves the right to decline entry to any dog who presents behavior issues that may be dangerous, disruptive or that may be exacerbated by participation in a group class. If behavior issues are discovered during the class and I determine that it is in everyone’s best interest to seek private training, we will discuss private training and you will receive a full refund.

Children In Class

I am happy to have children and other family members attend CWC classes. In order to make the class a fun and safe experience for everyone in the class, please review these guidelines:

• Children must remain seated with their parents and under parental control at all times.

• Parents must supervise their children for the entire class.
• Children must refrain from running and yelling in the classroom.

• Please explain to your children that all dogs are not socialized to, friendly or comfortable around children, so they should not approach or pet the other dogs in class.

• If your child wants to meet another dog, please obtain the owner’s permission, and only during non-instructional times.

• Children can get bored during class, so please feel free to bring quiet toys or activities to keep them entertained.