This is a 6 - week class designed to cover the basics of puppy training and care. Puppies are between **8 weeks and 6 months. The initial focus of these classes is to provide intensive socializing opportunities and exercises for the puppies to encourage a sense of confidence and reduce fear. A properly socialized puppy will become a pet you will feel safe having around children of all ages, adults of different sizes and dogs of various breeds and dispositions. If you successfully socialize your puppy at this young age many of the problems that can develop (biting, barking, timidity, fear, aggression, etc) will never come out, or can be confronted in a supervised setting. Proper socializing will create a happy, confident and well-adjusted pup.
We also do intense attention and focus exercises to help you gain more control. Once accomplished, your puppy will register a clear sense of what you expect and be more manageable. Concurrently, we work on basic obedience using gentle and positive methods. Lastly, we will focus on behavioral issues that are prevalent in puppies, like biting, chewing and digging. We help you with crate training, and potty training and cover the basics of science of canine behavior. You leave the class as very knowledgable dog owners with the ability to help your pup redirect its instinctive behaviors in appropriate and acceptable ways.
Puppies 3 – 6 months must have the second full set of vaccinations to attend.
* All other ages must be current on all necessary vaccinations
Rates: $150 per group of 6, 1-hour sessions (Discounts given to shelter dogs, senior and disabled adults)
**Many new puppy owners are concerned about their puppy being exposed to puppy diseases like Parvo and Distemper. These are only passed through the feces of unvaccinated dogs. If there is ever an "accident" in puppy class, all the dogs are picked up, the accident is cleaned and disinfected and then the puppies are put back down. There has never been a report of a puppy getting one of the diseases mentioned above in any Good Citizen Canine class. It is crucially important to socialize puppies at a very early age. Experts and veterinarians are stressing the importance of early socializing to reduce behavioral problem later in the dog's life. If you have any concerns about this, please contact Deborah Rosen directly at (253) 752-6878.