Congratulations on your new puppy! Caring for and raising a young puppy into a well-adjusted adult dog is a big responsibility. That first year is critical to ensuring that your dog will be comfortable with the world and understand what is expected of him, but with all the conflicting information out there, it’s hard to discern best practices.
Benefit from the experience of a nationally certified trainer that can coach you through everything from before puppy arrives to surviving puppy adolescence, using dog-friendly methods that build puppy’s confidence and trust in you. This one-hour primer can prepare you for in-home issues that are hard to cover in a group class. Or you may just prefer training on your schedule in the privacy of your own home! Sometimes that one-on-one attention is what puppy (and owner!) needs to get started on the right path.
- If your puppy is anywhere between 8 weeks and 6 months old, I still strongly recommend taking a Social Puppy group class for learning time with your pup’s peers – see the recommendation of the AVSAB – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior – position statement on Puppy Socialization in the Resources section of my website
Already know that you need more support than one short hour? Check out the Puppy Pack instead, and be positively reinforced for committing to getting your puppy off to a solid start!
- If you also have children under 3 years of age in the house, I strongly recommend going straight to the Puppy Pack. There are so many more factors when juggling puppies and babies/toddlers/preschoolers, and I can’t begin to cover it all in just an hour! Check out Family Paws Parent Education and Living With Kids and Dogs for more information that you can do on your own, as well