Full Course (all 3 levels) covers:
• Puppy socialization
• Preventing problem dog behaviours
• Crate training
• Puppy biting and nipping
• Puppy house training
• Basic puppy obedience training
• Puppy manners in the house
• Front door etiquette
• Games for your new puppy
• An introduction to clicker training
In Puppy Level 1 there is a strong emphasis on early puppy socialization, which simply put is exposure to all the pup will have to navigate over the course of his life, this includes lots of different people, sights, sounds and situations paired with something the pup loves, like treats, to create a positive association with all the encounters. There is also a focus on preventative training, taught with games, it helps prevent problem puppy behaviours from developing. Behaviours like, guarding, not being comfortable being handled or being left alone, to name a few.
Why the rush with socialization? The socialization of a new puppy is a time-sensitive matter! Once the pup pushes past 14 to 16 weeks the window of opportunity to do this early socialization has closed for good. What happens in the weeks before you get your pup and the early weeks that you have him at home is crucial. You can’t afford to not socialize your puppy. Dogs that miss out on this early exposure are at high risk to develop problems later in life. There are safe ways to socialize a puppy that is not fully vaccinated. The risks of failing to do early socialization far outweigh any risk you take doing it. Please note that when I talk about socialization here, I am not talking about going into heavily dog-populated areas and meeting other dogs.
With a strong understanding and history of early puppy socialization mastered in Puppy Level 1, Puppy Levels 2 and 3 continue to focus on preventative exercises as well as teaching you more games to play with your pup, basic behaviours like sit and down and walking on a loose leash in public and refining the puppy recall. Plus, more fun outings together and whatever puppy issues may happen to come up.
The last class of each puppy level session is a puppy socialization outing, such as a big open play or hiking area (not heavily dog populated), the TTC, or dog-friendly shop.
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