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Puppy Preschool - Start Right Program (pups 8-14 weeks of age)

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Puppy Preschool - Start Right Program (pups 8-14 weeks of age)

You register for each 45 minute class separately. 

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior states

"The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over-stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. 
Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters. Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age."

Many problem behaviors, fear-based behaviors, and nervousness seen in dogs later in life is a direct result of improper or lack of socialization during the critical period. With this Puppy Start Right Program, you and your pup can join at any time! If your puppy is between 8 and 14 weeks of age - then this class if for you! (Pups up to 16 weeks of age are welcome, but we would recommend going straight into a Puppy Kindergarten class if possible for pups nearing 16 weeks!) You are welcome to sign up for one, two, three, or all four weeks of this class as you wait to enter Puppy Kindergarten!

Your puppies view of the world for the rest of his/her life is largely based upon what things they experience (or don't experience) during this time! Each class will focus on different important aspects of puppy socialization while incorporating basic training behaviors like sit, name, and come! 

Things that will be gone over in this class include, but are not limited to:
  • dealing with puppy mouthing/teething
  • handling/desensitization exercises 
  • crate training and house training
  • chewing on appropriate things
  • polite greetings - no jumping!
  • appropriate puppy play
  • confidence building and necessary socialization exercises you can do with your puppy to help them grow
  • introduce basic obedience cues that will then be strengthened and built upon in our Puppy Kindergarten class!
  • dealing with puppy problem behaviors, AND
  • setting your puppy up for SUCCESS!
Requirements: Puppy must have at least one initial vaccination and deworming treatment either with a local veterinarian or a breeder/rescue. Please bring paperwork with you to the first class you and your puppy attend! Bring LOTS of SMALL, SOFT and YUMMY treats! They do not have to be big to be rewarding - recommend pea size treats! 

Schedule: Sign up for your first Puppy Start Right Program Visit and then we can sign you up for the rest at the first class, as well as get you into the next Puppy Kindergarten class. 

Cost: $35 first class, then each addition visit is just $25!

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