Puppies

Puppy Ping Pong!

We have had the pleasure to work and train with all the puppies on this page!

Consider an all too typical scenario. When your puppy initially comes home they are sweet, adorable, and follow you everywhere.  A week goes by and now they are racing around, grabbing shoes, jumping up on everyone and peeing everywhere!  A few more weeks of this uncontrolled behavior and you may be ready to send the pup packing, as your furry friend is not holding up their end of the perfect relationship that you had envisioned!

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However this early period in your pup’s life is the most critical time for both you and your pup to establish the foundation for the dog you want. Many people do not appreciate that dogs make 95% of their life behavior decisions by the time that they are 16 weeks old. We have learned through experience, that the single most important predictor of problem behavior in older dogs is too much freedom early in their lives.

In other words, the period up to 16 weeks is the best time to positively expose and socialize your pup to the world using correct and safe techniques.

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A tired puppy is a well-behaved puppy!

It is essential that you teach your pup what YOU want them to do, rather than just reacting to a behavior that you do not want. Whether you are ready or not, training actually starts the minute you bring your pup home, and our puppy classes can help you deal with the variety of “puppy behavior issues” that you will undoubtedly face.

For more information new puppy owners can click here to read Position Statement on Puppy Socialization from AVSAB-American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.  In addition to this position statement, a letter can be found on Puppy Socialization written by the late R. K. Anderson at www.apdt.com/petowners/articles/docs/RKAndersonLetter.pdf).

Our puppy classes are NOT “free for alls” with unlimited wrestling and non-stop playing, but constitute controlled learning environments. The classes provide off-leash, puppy-appropriate socialization that is always supervised.  As your pup matures, the world’s endless distractions will be your competition, so NOW is the best time to teach the pup the rules and boundaries in order for them to develop into the happy and loving dog you will enjoy for a lifetime.