Puppy School

Repeat exposure to new experiences during which a puppy feels safe and happy is the best preventative for behavior problems such as reactivity, aggression, fear, anxiety and handling intolerance. To say a puppy should see 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 open to forming new connections. This period is approximately from 3 weeks of age to 12 weeks. 

Good socialization does not guarantee a stable adult as there are many other factors such as genetics, the level of stress their mother endures during and after pregnancy, untreated or undiagnosed medical conditions 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.

Price

Program: $550 

Field trips and progress reports 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.

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.

Progress may be slower for some individuals. It is both unkind and ineffective to force puppies to face any fears they may have, at full strength. Additionally, breaks for play and rest are given as needed.

Socialization goals:

Training goals:

  • Grooming.

    • nail trimming

    • running water (bath)

    • brushes

    • toothbrushes

    • electric clippers if applicable 

  • Vet visits.

    • restraint

    • tools

    • faux injections 

    • 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.

    • crinkly and wobbly surfaces​

    • noise phobia prevention

    • stairs

    • novel shapes, statues and decor

  • Animals.

    • puppies and dogs​

    • cats

  • 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.

    • play ceases for bullying or hard bites

  • Name recognition.

    • coming when called

    • breaking focus when called

Maturing Manners

As dogs reach puberty and adolescence, their behavior changes. Much like human teenagers, they have a harder time focusing and making good decisions, even when they want to! This program focuses on training manners and obedience in the face of distractions and in new environments.

 

Graduates of Puppy School have a foundation of training with me already and will progress faster, however this program is available to all people-friendly puppies, ages 6-12 months. This program is not ideal for unsocialized puppies or those with untreated fear and aggression problems. If your dog is showing fear or aggression towards strangers and is not familiar with me, please book a private New Client Consultation as I will need your participation in training.

Price

New Puppies: $550 

Puppy School Graduates: $450

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

Curriculum

This is a six session program, each session is 2 hours. Drop off or pick up is available as all time will be spent in public areas.

Scheduling is flexible. Your puppy will make the most progress if you space sessions out with 2 maximum per week, as well as if you practice the homework provided. 

Training goals:

  • Loose leash walking.

    • In various locations

    • Around increasingly difficult distractions

  • Impulse control.

    • Resist the urge to jump or lunge​

    • Advanced leave it

  • Advanced obedience.

    • ​sit-stay

    • down-stay

    • coming when called

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Grand Forks, North Dakota

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