Puppy Playgroups

Puppy playgroup

Puppy playgroups give your puppy the chance to socialize and play with other puppies in their size and age category. They take place each week at our Golden Valley location. 

Online registration opens the day prior to each playgroup, and space is limited! Please register your puppy according to the age and size categories provided below. If a different group is more suitable, the trainers will refer you to that group after your first playgroup attendance. 

Cost: $15/session. 

Puppy playgroups are not included with a training pass purchase.

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Puppy playgroup categories by age and size

Petite Breed Puppy Playgroup (up to 6 months) 

Designed for our smallest breed puppies, ages 2-6 months old. These puppies are expected to be under 20 pounds at their adult weight and include:

  • Mini Dachshunds
  • Yorkshire Terriers
  • Chihuahuas
  • Maltese
  • Shih Tzus
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Bichon Frise
  • Papillions
  • Pugs
  • Toy and Mini Poodles
  • Westies


Small/Medium Breed Puppy Playgroup (up to 6 months)

Designed for small and medium breed puppies, ages 2-6 months old. These puppies are expected to be 20-45 pounds at their adult weight and include:

  • Mini Schnauzers
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • French Bulldogs
  • Beagles
  • Corgis
  • Mini American Shepherds
  • Boston Terriers
  • Basset Hounds
  • Mini Poodle Mixes


Large Breed Playgroups (three available age groups) 

Designed for large breed dogs in varying age groups. These puppies are expected to be over  45 pounds at their adult weight, and include:

  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labs
  • Standard Poodles
  • Pitbull Terriers
  • Springer Spaniels
  • Large hounds
  • Australian Shepherds
  • German Shepherds
  • Boxers


Register for the appropriate age group provided below. If it is your first time attending, we recommend you register for the lowest possible age group (for example, if you have a 4 month old, register for the 2-4 month group to start with). 

  • Large Breed Puppy Playgroup (2-4 months)
  • Large Breed Tween Playgroup (4-5 months)
  • Large Breed Teen Playgroup (5-6 months) 

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All pets should be kept current on vaccinations in accordance with their pet's licensed veterinarian's recommendations.

At minimum, puppies attending playgroups should have started their distemper/parvo series, and puppies age four months old or older should be current on their rabies and bordetella vaccinations as well.

Looking for Puppy training classes?

AHS offers a number of group puppy training classes, as well as private training classes to help bring out the best in your new best friend. 

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