Lately I have been focusing on puppies because I can correct a number of behavioral issues before they become problematic. The big one for puppies is potty training. No one wants their puppy soiling the carpet and chewing everything in sight. We even offer a 1 hour puppy specific session that covers number of different subjects including diet, accident cleanup, toys, treats, dog proofing house, playing, etiquette, etc.. If you have a puppy this class is invaluable. During this puppy class I can show you what to but and where to but it. The internet allows you to save hundreds of dollars and get items specific to your needs. I can also recommend wonderful vets and local dog groomers. Pet insurance is extremely important and this subject can also be addressed. The younger your pup the less expensive the insurance.
One of the topics that is seldom discussed in dog training is “Socialization”. Socialization is one of the most important skills for a dog to have. It includes getting along with others, playing with others, car etiquette, proper approach when meeting other dogs, etc. Socialization is most overlooked with the smaller breed dogs. It is unfortunate. These pampered pets are wonderful at home, but the same cannot be said when they encounter strange dogs or people on the street! I think most of us have experienced small dogs going a bit crazy when taken out of their comfort zones. Unfortunately, this reaction can go from bad to worse as a dog ages.
Many unwanted behaviors in one dog can be corrected by spending time with dogs! that exhibit good behavior. I know this comes as a big surprise. Dogs like people learn by observing the actions and behaviors of other dogs. Our daily group outings focus on this principal. Not only does your dog get great exercise and fresh air you do not pay for an individual train lesson. Because we take different dogs out each day, your dog will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of breeds and day to day situations. Having this skill is vital to you and your dogs well being. I have worked with the most vicious 5 lb. Maltese and helped redirect their behavior into the sweet cuddly dog their owner desired. You might be smiling but the little guys can be very difficult! In order to meet each dogs specific needs we offer several different groups each day.
I am often asked when is the best time to socialize my dog? The answer is the sooner the better! Once the dog has completed all of their shots they are ready to experience the big world. The older a dog gets the more difficult it can be to correct unwanted behaviors. Ideally, puppies are the easiest to work with. However, dogs of any age can learn to modify their behavior.