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
training is held inside a pet hospital
building 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.
While socialization is of
course part and parcel with all our puppy training
programs, our Kinder-Pup programs are not simply
play time for young puppies. Our puppy programs are
based on positive behavior-shaping with a seamless
transition to formal training, and ensure that
training is fun for puppies and rewarding for
owners. Instead of trying to put it all in words,
the video below shows actual results that can be achieved
when the appropriate techniques and methods
are selected specifically to match a particular
puppy's temperament and individual personality.
You should be
careful with techniques used to train puppies, as
you don't want to unwittingly teach them bad habits.
Too many "trainers", for example,
habits into puppies without realizing it,
especially with their "loose-leash walking" concept.
While "loosh-leash" in theory may
sound appealing, in
real life such a behavior 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 confuse your pup and negatively
impact your bond! How smart is that?
As you can see in the the video above, we teach your pup to walk
next to you in the proper Heel position, right from
the start. 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?
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!
321 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
2201 Francisco Dr.
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!
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