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   It's a Catch-22. The best time to expose a puppy to the world and everything in it is when they are very young. Such exposure should include controlled socialization with other dogs and people, as well as desensitization to sights, sounds and experiences that the pup might come in contact with later in life. Employing specific behavior-shaping exercises during this same time period works wonders in developing good habits and preventing the formation of bad habits, and if done correctly, some obedience training can also be performed in a way that seems more like fun to the puppy rather than formal "training".

   Obviously, you don't want to risk exposing puppies to potentially deadly disease during this early period, 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 four months of age. The problem with preventing a young puppy from seeing the world until it's four months of age is that this early period in a dog's life is the prime formative time in a dog's life, and once that window of opportunity closes, you can't get it back. For example, a dog that isn't properly exposed to other dogs at an early age can easily become dog-aggressive later simply because it's not comfortable around other dogs. And, more often that not, this "condition" is irreversible, and can be a real headache for the owner to manage for the rest of the dog's life. Dogs can also easily develop similar aversions to people, as well as objects and even sounds.

   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 puppies should be exposed to the world and begin training 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 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 is cleaned regularly 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.

More videos are available on our Videos page.

   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, ingrain bad habits into puppies without realizing it, especially with their "loose-leash walking" concept. While "loose-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! If that's not enough, in our 35+ years of experience training dogs, the psychological issues resulting from delayed exposure to the environment is by far the biggest problem owners contact us about, and it's heart-breaking to think that in the vast majority of cases, these potentially lifelong issues could easily have been prevented.

   Don't wait until it's too late. We have highly effective and efficient options, including Personalized Phase Training and Board-and-Train Boot Camps. Or, enroll in an advanced course. If you're not sure which option is right for you, feel free to contact us, and we'll gladly help you determine the best fit for you and your pup.

 
 
 
 
If you’re tired of this…

 

…and would rather be doing this…

 

 

…or better yet, this…



 
 

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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.