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   It's a Catch-22. The best time to expose a young puppy to behavior-shaping exercises, as well as provide controlled socialization, is when they are young. But, at the same time, you don't want to risk exposing them to potentially deadly disease, which is why many veterinarians advise you not to expose puppies to much of the world until they've received all their vaccinations, which is typically at 4 months of age.

   The problem with preventing young puppies from seeing the world is that by 4 months of age puppies are well on their way to dog-hood, and most importantly, you've wasted the most formative period of their lives! Oh, what to do, oh, what to do? 

   Fortunately, the times they are a-changing, and thankfully some old-school philosophies are being kicked to the curb. Do yourself and your new puppy a favor and click on the image on the left to view the white paper recently released by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) on raising puppies. (Document may take a moment to load, but worth the wait!)

   Note that the AVSAB advises the exact opposite of the old-school thinking, and that you should expose puppies to the world and begin training them even before they are fully vaccinated.


   We agree wholeheartedly with the AVSAB, however, we also want to look out for puppies' health as much as possible. This is exactly why our Kinder-Pup classes are held inside a pet hospital as opposed to a boarding kennel or typical training facility, or worse, at a public park where who knows what diseases lurk in the grass! Our training center is reserved only for healthy dogs, and before and after each class, the area is cleaned with a sanitizing solution.

   Whether you opt for Phase Training or a group class, our Kinder-Pup programs are not simply play time for young puppies, either. While socialization is of course part and parcel in our puppy training programs, we also focus on proper and appropriate behavior shaping. Many "trainers" today unwittingly ingrain bad habits into puppies. For example, "loose-leash walking" sounds like a cool term and in theory may be appealing, but in real life this type of training results in a bad habit that is impractical and seldom helpful. Think about it. How practical is it to have your dog at the end of a 6 ft. leash when you encounter passersby on walks? You're also bound to trip over your dog or leash when you're carrying a bag of groceries and your dog is meandering at the end of the leash 6 feet in front of you! You're only setting your puppy up to get in everyone's way, and the subsequent corrections and scolding that inevitably follow will only serve to negatively impact your bond with your pup! How smart is that? Instead, as suggested by the AVSAB, our Kinder-Pup programs include positive, behavior-shaping techniques that will groom your pup to walk properly on a leash early, setting the stage for walking next to you in the Heel position. Isn't that smarter, given that one day in the not-so-distant future (can you say, "a few months"?) your pup will suddenly be a full-grown dog?

   To recap, our puppy programs are based on positive, reward-based behavior-shaping with a seamless transition to formal training. Rather than try to put it in words, see for yourself actual results achieved using this philosophy by viewing the videos on our Videos page.

   This is one time in your life you really can't afford to procrastinate. After all, a puppy without proper guidance and structure will often end up costing you a great deal of money via shredded carpet, chewed up furniture, baseboards and walls, destruction of sprinkler systems and landscape, not to mention annihilation of your brand-new $400 Italian shoes! And, medical bills run high if your pup requires surgery to remove a blockage from consuming your favorite underwear or socks!

   Don't wait until it's too late. Enroll in a course today. If you're not sure if Group Training is right for you, you might want to consider a Phase Training Program. Of course, you can always contact us, and we'll gladly help assess whether or not group training is a good fit for you and your pup.

 
 
 
 
If you’re tired of this…

 

…and would rather be doing this…

 

 

…or better yet, this…



 
 

Contact us today!


321 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
or
2201 Francisco Dr.
Suite 140-102
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Feel free to ask to see a demo and we'll show you an example of a dog who has learned to Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, etc. off-leash, in the face of distraction anywhere in the real world (not just some training area), including at a dog park with other dogs running around like maniacs!

 

 
Quick appointments available for Sacramento and surrounding areas including Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Granite Bay, Roseville, Loomis, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Placerville, Lake Tahoe and more. We are available for travel to other areas of California and Nevada on a case by case basis. Contact us for details.