For dogs 5 months and younger, our puppy classes are designed to give your new family member the right start! Puppy class focuses on providing foundational behaviours such as potty training and leash manners while also providing a framework for learning cues. Using simple behaviours such as sit and down in an easy to understand systematized fashion, we help you lay the foundation for teaching a wide variety of new and more complex behaviours in the future. Class cost $100.00 per dog, unlimited humans!
Puppy class is a time to introduce the structures of adult life to your young dog. This means setting the stage both for future training as well as socialization. That's why our puppy class is designed around simple and universally repeatable training structures. What you teach now may be simple but it is the foundation for what your puppy will expect as a dog! With this it is also important to teach proper socialization. This doesn't mean that your pup should play with every dog they see. This means that you need to expose your puppy to other dogs (and other animals and people in general) that will help them form a positive picture of social interaction.
Our training is scientifically based force-free positive reinforcement (R+) training. That means that we use active reinforcement to show your puppy what we want them to do and we prevent reinforcement for behaviors we don't want. In class you will be shown what to do and coached through how to do it yourself. Seigfreid's major role in class is to demonstrate all the necessary steps by showing not only what to do now but also how to develop your training further. This way even if your puppy is only ready to learn the lure you can be learning how to teach the verbal and hand cues as well!
For class you need to bring; a flat collar/harness/halter/head collar/or no pull harness and a 6 foot fixed leash. Something your dog really likes such as a ball, toy, or treats. And a small bed/mat/or towel for them to lay on. If you haven't picked out a harness or no pull but suspect you may need one, there are some demo products at each class that you can try out. We do not need or use any metal collars such as choke chains or prong collars (soft martingale collars for appropriate dogs such as greyhounds are fine). If all you have for your puppy is a metal collar please get one of the above suggested collars or harnesses as there are several training activities where these kinds of collars will interfere.
For puppy class you will need your current shot records for rabies, distemper, and parvo (bordatella vaccination is highly recommended as well). Shots need to up to date based on your puppy's age. In the event that your puppy has had or currently has a communicable disease such as parvo or bordatella you will not be able to attend (feel free to contact Rob directly for customized training options separate from other puppies). If you do not provide your vaccination paperwork at or before the first class you will not be allowed to participate until it is provided. Make-up classes for the first class can be arranged if you contact Rob before the second class starts.
You and your 12 week to 5 month old puppy of course! Also it is important to remember that consistency is a HUGE part of successful training. To that end you are welcome to bring anyone (human at least) who is regularly going to interact with your puppy. This way you can ensure your puppy is getting the same beneficial and effective message from everyone! Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.
Aggression is very uncommon but not unheard of in dogs this young but, as stated above, puppy class is not just about teaching behaviors but also about socialization. To that end aggressive dogs are not allowed in general puppy classes. This doesn't mean that any particular breeds are excluded, breeds are not deeds. There are however some puppies who may, due to circumstances earlier in their lives, have developed behaviors incompatible with the initial socialization of other puppies. Puppy class is not the place to work on this! Not only are there negative consequences to the other puppies in class but the other as yet unsocialized puppies may make these issues worse in your puppy. Also worth noting is that puppies do, and are supposed to, jump on, chew, and bark at other dogs. These behaviors are in most cases normal puppy behaviors and not something to worry about. If you are concerned with your pups behavior feel free to contact Rob to discuss your concerns.
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