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Training a Puppy

While it is never too late to train a dog, starting as soon as your new puppy arrives is always best. When you and your dog train together, you set the stage for a well-mannered dog for life! You should set boundaries from the beginning, so your dog never even considers another way.

6 mo old Great Dane Puppy

6 mo old Great Dane Puppy

Here are some things that we will teach you to ensure a better life with your puppy:

  1. Clear Communication
  2. Excellent Socialization
  3. Housebreaking and Essential Manners
  4. Proper Exercise, Nutrition and Play

What age should training begin?

Studies have proven that a dog’s brain is neurologically complete
at the age of 7 weeks old. It is at that point that a dog will begin
to form both good and bad habits.

A puppies environment

Puppies learn through a process of trial and error.
Example: Your excited puppy jumps up to be closer to you. In turn, you pet your adorable puppy. This continues every time until your puppy has learned that jumping up gets LOVE!

We will train you to think in a way that eliminates your puppies ability to train you.

What can your puppy learn?

A puppy can learn almost anything an adult dog can. With proper training, your puppy can be housebroken, learn essential good manners, and basic obedience training in just a few weeks.

8 week old Labrador Puppy

Training your puppy from the beginning is an excellent investment in a happy future.

Misconceptions About Puppies

Myth: My puppy is chewing, but it’s teething, and will stop once the teething phase is complete.
Fact: Habits formed early in your puppies life can become life long behaviors.

Myth: My Puppy is destructive because he wants me to know that he is mad at me.
Fact: Studies have proven dogs do not exhibit destructive behavior spitefully. Experience has shown that problem behavior is caused from many things, such as boredom, anxieties, or health issues.

Myth: Approaching your puppy while it is eating will cause aggression!
Fact: You should start petting your puppy while it is eating from day one. It will learn that you are never a threat to its food.

Myth: Using a rolled up newspaper to swat your dog is a great form of correction.
Fact: Professional trainers know dogs that have been swatted are much more likely to develop aggressive behaviors.

Myth: You should rub your puppies nose in the puddle or mess when it has an accident.
Fact: Rubbing your puppies nose in his waste, can cause it to start ingesting or hiding them. Never do this.

Myth: My puppy does not need heart worm preventive if it is an inside-only dog.
Fact: Dogs can get heart worms from a single mosquito bite. You should give preventative year round.

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