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Puppy Training – Foundation for a Well Behaved and Balanced Puppy
We are San Diego’s most effective Puppy Trainers
Bringing a puppy home is exciting. It also is an enormous responsibility. Puppies need constant attention and guidance in order to learn what it will take for them to live with you as their companion.
Most lifestyles today do not allow for you to take a week off to dedicate it to puppy training and laying the foundation for a well behaved puppy. Typically puppy training programs will have you attend a one hour class for six to eight weeks. Our program is different because it lasts a full week where your puppy actually lives with our puppy trainer.
Does my puppy have to stay with you? Can we pick them up after work?
Yes. Your puppy will spend one week with us. And no you cannot pick them up after work. This is so we can truly make an impact in the puppy’s behavior as a dog.
Raising a puppy to be a healthy and balanced dog is a very different process from successfully nurturing a baby to be a self assured young adult. We see the puppies as dogs first. We know that even at their young age, they are far from helpless. And we establish an relationship where we respect and honor their animal nature first
Getting to know your puppy
They are only puppies from when they are born to 8 months. When they stay with us, we look at their “dogness” and first find out what their triggers are, their drive, energy level, social and learning skills.
Puppies are programmed by their history to absorb the rules of the environment they live in. Our puppy training program is more than a one hour class you attend once a week. It is a home where boundaries and limitations are placed. We communicate with your pup to mold a dog that will respect, trust and bond with you.
Puppies cannot speak English. They can’t speak Spanish, French or German. But they can read human behavior. They are always watching, observing, exploring and working the world they are in to see how they fit in. An untrained person may not know how much their own behavior impacts a puppy. And the most well meaning person often makes the mistake of treating the puppy like they would a human baby. The nurturing instinct might bring you to coddle your puppy, carry them, make decisions for them which ends up bringing out fear, anxiety, aggression or dominance in a dog. We don’t make this mistake because we see the puppy as a dog first.
When your puppy stays with us we know that everything we do impacts how the puppy sees it’s relationship to the human world. During our time with your puppy we send the correct signals to imprint a positive framework of communication to help them grow to be that wonderful dog he or she deserves to be. And we cover the basics such as:
- Crate training
- Leash walking
- How to play with their toys and not chew shoes or furniture
- Socialization – your puppy will be socialized to a variety of dogs, people and social environments during their stay with us (read more on socialization below)
- Basic obedience: Sit, Stay, Come
We do this all through a positive approach and focus on showing the positive side of life as a puppy.
More on Puppy Socialization
We wanted to expand more on the topic of puppy socialization. We take puppy raising seriously because we know this puppy is eventually going to be be the dog that does everything with you such as restaurants, shopping malls, zoos, parks, hiking trails, buses and even trains. And we know that they are going to be meeting a lot of different people and dogs throughout their lives. That’s why we focus on the rule of 12.
This guideline was written by Margaret Hughes in her book positive puppy training. The guideline states that a puppy by 12 weeks of age should have:
Experienced 12 different surface: wood, woodchips, carpet tile, cement, linoleum, grass, wet grass, dirt, mud, puddles grates, uneven surfaces, on a table, on a chair, etc…
Played with 12 different objects: fuzzy toys, big & small balls, hard toys, funny sounding toys, wooden items, paper or cartboard items, milk jugs, metal items, etc…
Experienced 12 different locations: front yard (daily), other people’s homes, school yard, lake, pond, river, boat, basement, elevator, car, moving car, garage, laundry room, kennel, vet hospital (just to say hi and visit, lots of cookies, vaccinations) grooming salon (just to say hi) etc…
Met and played with 12 new people: (outside of family) include children, adults (male and female) elderly adults, people in wheelchairs, walkers people with canes, crutches, hats, sunglasses, etc…
Exposed to 12 different noises: (ALWAYS keep positive and watch puppy’s comfort level-we don’t want the puppy scared) garage door opening, doorbell, children playing, babies screaming, big trucks, Harley motorcycles, skateboards, washing machine, shopping carts, power bost, clapping, pan dropping, vacuums, lawnmowers, etc…
Exposed to 12 fast moving objects: (Don’t allow to chase) skateboards, roller-blades, bikes, motorcycles, cars, people running, cats running, scooters, children running, squirrels, horses running, etc…
“The Puppy’s Rule of Twelve” is from Positive Paws Dog Training ©2002 – Margaret Hughes