Modeled after veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ian Dunbar’s work and specifically designed for puppies ages 7-12 weeks old, this comprehensive four week course is a great way to expose your new pet to novel sounds, sights, and textures. Also included in the course work is body handling and socialization with strangers, children, and other pups under the guidance of a skilled instructor, plus instruction on potty training and nipping. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has issued a position statement that the risks of under-socialization greatly outweigh the risks of exposure to other pups.
Puppy and Beginner Obedience
This six-week course is designed for puppies and adult dogs ages 12 weeks and older. Owners and dogs will both be instructed, so that the dog responds to its human family members, not just to the trainer!
Included in the curriculum are commands such as sit, down, stay, and come, plus leash walking instruction and even a couple of tricks! Students will also learn how to teach their pets to wait at doorways, how to sit for petting, and how to “leave it!” Our courses are very family-friendly, and older children are encouraged to attend.
This six-week course addresses impulse control issues in dogs, such as pulling towards distractions, jumping on guests, not coming when called, counter surfing, and refusing to leave things that aren’t theirs. Dogs will learn to settle and stay when guests knock at the door or ring the doorbell, and they will learn to leave distractions while on walks or when called to come. Strong emphasis is placed on offered behaviors, teaching the dog to make good decisions without being asked. Come, leave it, stay, and settle are delved into more deeply, through the use of new, innovative exercises.