Puppy Dog Training and Socialization
Start training now, don't wait.
Really, I'm not kidding, start now.
Train and Socialize now.
Start at eight weeks old and you'll avoid most behavior issues later. Socialization is not just dogs playing with dogs. It's getting puppies comfortable with the sights, sounds, smells, surfaces, people, animals and all the crazy things in our human society.
How Puppy Training before vaccinations works.
I come to you. Safe, clean, vaccinated animals come to you. We take structured field trips with barriers between your puppy and the ground.
Want the best dog ever?
Take the whole puppy program.
These are the basics all puppies need:
Bonding in human and dog society so they learn to live in both.
Puppy Potty Training so they learn to eliminate outside now.
Good behaviors to replace bad ones. It's easy to learn 16 words in 8 weeks.
Socialization so they don't become fearful of new things.
Leadership so they learn you have everything they need.
Good habits so other puppy issues don't become behavior problems.
Puppy Program Options:
In your home with the whole family. Each week you'll learn step by step how to teach your puppy new, important life skills.
Multiple sessions. Because puppy brains grow fast, they can learn something new every day. When schedules permit, we can do multiple sessions each week. If you have the time, go for it. You'll have a Super Puppy.
Skip a week. Every two weeks gives you more time to practice, spreads the cost out and if you choose, add a phone consult on the off weeks. This keeps you up to date while saving a bit of money.
Why it's important now.
Easier to teach a small puppy than a big dog.
Reduces the chance of behavior issues later.
Patterens puppies to follow human routines.
I hear a version of the same story when I go into a new client's home, for almost all serious dog issues;
"We were told to not to socialize until 4 months"
or some other reason the dog was not socialized and trained as a puppy.
I understand best I can, how devastating it must be for a Veterinarian who's client puppy catches Parvo and can't be saved. Worse for the puppies humans and the puppy... well. This is a perfectly understandable reason for Vets. to advise against early socialization. Vets. are right about optimal dog health.
Parvo (Canine parvovirus) and other dog diseases are real and can be deadly. Here is a link to UCDavis Veterinary Medicine on Canine and Feline Vaccination Guidelines.
for supporting early puppy socialization!
Most Veterinarians I speak in Sonoma County are on the same page with "Safe" early socialization; that is, socialize safely in a way that does not expose a puppy to dog germs.
Here's what the pros say:
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)
Link to document Puppy Socialization Position Statement
Quote: "American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Puppies should be about the same age and have the same level of vaccinations if they play together.
Humane Society of the United (HSUS)
Limit risks, while allowing puppies to play.
Quote: "Skills not acquired during the first eight weeks may be lost forever."
Link to article "Puppy Behavior Basics" on HSUS.org web site.
American kennel Club (AKC)
Quote: "Socialization classes can offer excellent opportunities to properly socialize puppies, but there is a disease risk. To reduce the risk, puppies in the classes should be of similar age and vaccination history and should be examined and found to be healthy by a veterinarian prior to starting classes. The puppies' first vaccine should be administered at least seven days prior to the first class."
Link to article "Puppy Socialization and the Risk of Disease" on AKC.org web site.
Not socializating puppies can increase fear as they get older.
Fear can lead to biting
Biting can cost money and sorrow
How your dog's fear can hurt your wallet.
To be even more clear: Fear can lead to biting. Biting leads to even more behavior work ($ ching ching $) or worse, you get taken to court for your dogs actions and or your dog goes bye-bye forever.
Socialization and Training are insurance against most behavior issues later.
It will reduce you're chances of being liable for your dogs inappropriate actions.
It will increase the likely hood of your dog being the exact dog you always wanted.
Trainers actually see these issues with clients who don't socialize. I'm not trying to scare you. Just giving you the inside information on what really happens in the world of dogs. Starting to see why I think risk of not socializing may be worse than risk of dog germs? It's your choice, I'll work with you whatever you choose to do.