The emphasis of this class is on socialization, temperament training and bite inhibition. You will also learn how to teach your puppy basic good manners skills (sit, down, come, etc.). Also included are strategies for preventing common nuisance behavior problems and those associated with fear and aggression. Your puppy will have the opportunity to play with other puppies. This play is a critical part of your puppy’s education. S/he will learn that other dogs are fun, which can prevent dog against dog aggression. By biting other puppies in play your puppy will learn bite inhibition (soft mouth). This important skill must be learned well before the age of 18 weeks.
At this very impressionable age contact with other dogs and a variety of positive experiences with new environments and people are the training priorities. Fear is the most common cause of aggression. Under socialization is the most common cause of fear. Investing in your puppy’s temperament and good manners training now can vastly improve your chances of raising a confident, adaptable, settled and well-mannered dog.
Maximum enrollment age is 17 weeks at the first class. Please call as soon as you get your puppy!
Puppy Socialization Groups
Open to all puppies under the age of 17 weeks. Socialization is the #1 training priority for a puppy. Socialization to a variety of puppies and acquiring bite inhibition are the focus of these weekly groups. By playing with other pups, your puppy will learn his own language, he will learn to bite softly when he bites and he will learn that dogs are fun. This puppy play is vital to your puppy’s development. It’s fun for the puppies and amusing for their humans. This and Puppy Class are the most important things you can do for a developing puppy.
A Note on Puppy Socialization and Vaccinations
Most puppies have not been fully vaccinated before 17 weeks. Unfortunately, by then the window of opportunity for this critical socialization period is almost closed. While all of us in the dog care professions would prefer to wait until a puppy has received all of his inoculations for communicable diseases, most behaviorists feel that the benefits of early socialization significantly outweigh the risks of disease. If you have concerns about early socialization, please read the American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behaviorists position statement on this important issue.
Good Manners Class I and II
Join in the fun of these informative group classes. Using gentle, positive methods your dog can learn how to be a well mannered companion. This class emphasizes basic skills (such as sit, down, stay, come, etc.) and prevention of behavior problems. You will also learn how to problem-solve for future reference. This class is for all dogs over the age of 17 weeks. No age limit…it’s never too late to train!
Good Manners II (Better Manners)
Once a behavior is learned it is important to teach your dog to generalize it to all situations. In this class you will learn how to train your dog to respond to you in more distracting situations (like when other dogs are around!). You will also learn to train things like placement (asking your dog to move from one spot to another) and ‘relax’ (what a concept!). If you are not quite satisfied with your dog’s skill level with any of the learned skills so far, you aren’t done yet! Your dog will stop learning when you stop training.
You’ve taught your dog Good Manners. You’ve gone to Good Manners II. Your dog’s manners are coming along nicely. Now it’s time for some serious fun. But Tricks are not just for fun! Your dog will continue to learn to focus on you. This is a great way to keep your dog learning and thinking while having a terrific time.