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nickala@carefreecanine.org

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Due to current recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, Puppy School will not be offered at this time. Don't allow this to stop important socialization practices however! Check out this guide to socializing your puppy in a pandemic and contact me for remote training if you need help. Stay safe!

PUPPY SCHOOL

There is nearly unanimous agreement among behavior professionals that the most important thing we can do to set our puppies up to lead confident lives is providing them safe and positive experiences with everything they may encounter as an adult. To say a puppy should meet 100 strangers before 12 weeks old is not an exaggeration!

This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. During the socialization period puppies' brains are uniquely able to form new connections which will guide them later in life when deciding whether or not they are safe. While it varies between individuals and breed, this period lasts approximately from 3 weeks of age to 12 weeks. Repeated exposure during which the puppy feels safe and happy is the best preventative for behavior problems such as reactivity, aggression, fear, and inflicting injurious bites.

Socialization does not guarantee a perfectly stable adult as there are many other factors that have a strong impact such as genetics, the level of stress their mother endures during and after pregnancy, untreated or undiagnosed pain, current environment and past learning. However, the aftermath of puppies who did not receive socialization within this window, vs similar puppies in similar environments who did, is drastic and has been well documented in scientific literature.

Check out the position statement on puppy socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

Prices

Base program: $450 

Public field trips now included!!!

*Payment is required up front. Please provide proof of age appropriate vaccinations.*

Curriculum

This is a six day program in which you drop off your puppy, and pick them up 3 hours later.

While scheduling is flexible, ideally sessions are split among 2-3 weeks. This allows enough repetitive exposure in a short enough time for the socialization goals and training to begin to become "normal" to your puppy.

This program is not a replacement for continued socialization and training at home.

Safe and humane training methods are used, so progress may be slower for some individuals. It is both unkind and ineffective to force puppies to face any fears they may have, at all full strength.

Additionally, social play is a very important part of puppy learning, so many breaks for play are allotted.

Socialization goals:

Training goals:

  • Grooming.

    • nail trimming

    • running water (bath)

    • brushes

    • toothbrushes

    • electric clippers if applicable 

  • Vet visits.

    • restraint

    • tools

    • faux injections with needle-less syringe 

    • rubbing alcohol smell

    • medical cones

  • Wearable gear.

    • ​muzzles

    • harnesses

    • sweaters

  • People.

    • canes and medical boots​

    • costumes with masks

    • sunglasses or hats

    • backpacks and accessories

  • Environment changes.

    • tarps and plastic​

    • wobbly surfaces

    • stairs

    • novel shapes and items

  • Animals.

    • puppies and dogs​

    • cats, young and old

  • Holding still is lucrative!

    • give paws for trims

    • hold still for ear/mouth inspection

  • Resource guarding prevention.

    • I take chew, you get treat​

  • Basic obedience.

    • ​sit

    • down

    • stay

  • Impulse control.

    • leave it cue, adaptable for more than just treats

    • give into leash pressure

    • biting skin makes play stop

  • Proper play.

    • bullying other puppies causes alone time

  • Name recognition.

    • coming when called

    • breaking focus when called