Bringing a puppy into a fully planned system makes transition much easier.
Introduce your new puppy to their new life.
Whether you’re planning on going hiking or camping or just hanging out at home, you need to introduce your puppy to the sights, sounds, smells, and surfaces of their new life. Introduce things slowly one at a time, and make sure your puppy is not acting fearful. If your puppy displays fear, you may need professional training help.
What does fear look like?
Fear can be freezing in place, growling, cowering, running away, trying to climb you to get away, or any escape behavior.
Agree on house rules in advance.
Getting everyone to agree on house rules will save your new puppy years of confusion. Is your puppy allowed on furniture? Allowed in the kitchen or dining room when there is food present? Is your puppy allowed to jump on people? Lick faces? Sit down and have a family meeting so everyone knows the rules.
Use our Private In-Home Training as a Puppy Prep Pack
If you need help setting up a system and rules, call us! We’ll use the 1 hour consultation to help you determine the best potty, sleeping, and eating spots. We’ll help you set up the potty, eating, sleeping, and socialization schedules. Have questions? Get them out ahead of time!
Once your puppy arrives we’ll start the 8 thirty minute training sessions. You can use these sessions to continue to work on potty training or help with naughty behaviors like chewing, biting and jumping, or start some obedience with “come,” “leave it,” and “sit.”
Enjoy your new puppy!
Every year after the Super Bowl I get an increasing number of phone calls from people with dogs with a new bite incident. While there is a lot of information about fireworks safety during the summer and food safety around the holidays, Super Bowl parties can be quite scary for dogs.
1. Let your dog meet your visitors one at a time.
If your dog isn’t used to a bunch of people invading your house being surrounded by strangers can be overwhelming. Dogs should approach strangers, never the other way around. While your friends will want to say hello to your dog, be sure they your dog really wants to meet them. Have your visitors stand in one spot and hold out a hand a little bit. Dogs that want to meet will approach your friends. Dogs that don’t want to meet will not. Never crowd your dog into a corner so they don’t have an option to move away.
2. Muffle the shouting.
Dogs really don’t understand shouting at the television. Dogs can assume they are doing something wrong and not understand how to make the shouting stop. Put your dog in another room with a movie or radio to help drown out the cacophony of excited voices.
3. Give your dog a break.
Do you really need to watch then entire halftime show? Get your dog away from the hubbub and excitement with a little walk. Or better yet, take them to an entirely new location and let them smell around and clear their head from all the activities.
4. Give them something to do.
If you’re going to be ignoring your dog for long periods of time give them a bullystick, toy, or stuffed Kong to occupy them. You can also create an over-sized ice cube with some of your party food and let them lick their way to the goodness. Check out some frozen dog treat recipes here: http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/frozen-dog-treats.html
5. Keep food away from your dog.
High fat and salty foods can be dangerous for dogs. Be sure to put all food above dog level and the trashcan up or hidden. Most cooked bones are bad for dogs, so if you’re doing chicken or ribs keep an eye out for sneaky canine thievery. For a full list of things that are toxic to your dog, check out this link: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat
January Classes are UP! Hurry! They’re filling up fast!
*Level 1 – Fundamentals: Jan. 8th at 6:30pm. If this class fills up we will be adding a class on Jan. 13 at 6:30pm
*Level 2 – CGC / Therapy Dog: Jan. 13th at 5pm.
*Level 3 – Community Citizen: Jan. 29th at 5pm.
Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Testing
*AKC Canine Good Citizen Test: Jan. 6th at 5:00pm
*AKC Community Citizen Test: Jan. 6th at 6:00pm
*LOAL Therapy Dog Test: Jan. 6th at 6:30pm