Puppy Head start
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Puppy Training Classes is all about getting you and your puppy off to the best possible start in life together!
During your puppy’s first 14 weeks of life, your puppy is highly impressionable and undergoing a critical learning period. The experiences he encounters at this time will play a large role in his future personality; things learned during this period become engrained in your pup for life and color the way he views the world. Proper socialization now plays a large role in preventing fear, aggression and other troubling behavior challenges down the road.
Our puppy training classes provides the perfect stage for your puppy to learn the crucial social skills that will ensure he grows into a self-assured, courteous dog. We will address his socialization with common fearful objects, new people and other dogs to ensure that he grows to become stable and calm. Through off-leash play with other like-aged individuals, he will learn “bite inhibition” or to have a soft mouth, which can only be learned now while he is young. He will also learn how to clearly and appropriately communicate with other dogs so that he can be comfortable in social situations. In addition, we will show you how to gradually and positively teach your pup to tolerate handling and restraint, which are a necessary part of every visit to the vet or groomer.
As well as instilling proper social skills, we will also teach you how to set your puppy up for success in learning the rules of your household. We will discuss methods for addressing common trouble puppy behaviors like chewing, crate, and house training. We will also introduce you and your puppy to the basics of positive training and lay down the groundwork for the core commands that will make your dog a well-mannered member of your household. Our Puppy Training Classes are geared at giving your pup the confidence he needs to be the star of the dog park, vet office and pet store!
This class is an “a la carte” curriculum – take as many classes as you’d like (after you complete your owners-only orientation) while your dog is of age! Puppies graduate into Manners classes once they are over 20 weeks of age.
Get your puppy’s training and development off on the right foot, register for Puppy Headstart today!
Puppy Headstart Details
Age: 10 weeks to 20 weeks (5 months)
Vaccinations: A signed veterinary release is required. At a minimum, puppies must receive their first round of Distemper and Parvovirus vaccines, as well as provide us with proof of a negative fecal sample. Rabies is not required for dogs under 6 months of age.
Concerns about beginning class before completing your puppies vaccines? Please read this article from Jenniffer Messer, DVM on the topic.
Prerequisite: Completion of an Owners-Only Orientation session for new students
Duration: 1-hour sessions
Class Schedule: Sundays at 11:30 a.m. or 12:45 p.m.
Location: Mellisa’s Pet Depot, 8 Sarah’s Way, Fairhaven, MA
Curriculum: intro to positive training methods, building attention, house and chew training, bite inhibition, crate training, dog body language, handling, impulse control and socialization.