In-Home Puppy Training
Dogs are given up, not because they cannot sit when asked, but because they cannot be handled, are afraid of the environment or other dogs and people and have bitten hard enough to cause damage. More important than teaching sit or stay to your new puppy - is to spend the very important first 3-4 months teaching the following to:
Enjoy having paws manipulated, poked and squeezed (nail trims, paws wiped, tourniquets applied, pulling out burrs, etc)
Enjoy being restrained (vet visits, groomers)
Enjoy body handling all over - eyes, ears, tail, mouth
Enjoy the bathing experience, being wet, brushed and combed
Explore and experience many different surfaces, sounds, sights, places and people, to build confidence
Give up items willingly
Teach a soft mouth (bite inhibition)
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour says the first 3 months are the most important and "at-home training should be based on positive reinforcement with frequent rewards praise, petting, play and/or treats”. Your dog knows how to sit and lie down. You see him do it all the time. The above mentioned goals have a finite window of opportunity. Take advantage of the first 3-4 months and teach your puppy the world is a safe place.
My Starting Off Right Puppy Program (in-home training) focuses on ensuring your puppy gets a solid foundation.
Starting Off Right
5 Week Puppy Training Program
Are puppy classes not the right fit for your family? The Puppy Package is perfect for you! I will come to you and cover all the essentials of raising a well adjusted obedient puppy.
With this package we will focus on the critical issues to ensure you are off to a successful start with your new puppy.
We begin with an initial visit of 1.5 hours to go over basics including:
Teaching the puppy to use his mouth gently (bite inhibition)
Crate training or confinement training
Puppy proofing the home
Socialization - what is it and how to do it
How to get the behaviour you want and how to prevent the behaviour you don't want.
The remaining 4 sessions will build a strong foundation for:
Sit and Down
Come: run happily to you when called
Leash Walking Basics
Hand Targeting: a great foundation for many behaviours including get back into heel, recall, off or on something, polite door greetings.
Grooming and handling
For new puppies 8-16 weeks of age.
5.5 hours of training @ $500.00 + HST
*Continuing Education Discount: Book 3 or more sessions at the hourly rate of $110.00 and receive 5% off the total cost.
If your dog is over 16 weeks old, see our Dog Training Services.