Los Angeles Puppy Training
Because of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, all initial puppy dog training sessions are virtual one-on-one private lessons. Click to discover why virtual puppy dog training is an excellent choice for you.
Since our dogs have gotten used to our being home during the quarantine, they may suffer separation anxiety when we return to our regular routine. We’ve written a series of articles things you can do now to prevent puppy dog separation anxiety after quarantine. It’s much easier to prevent it than to cure it.
Our private puppy dog training lessons will resume after the quarantine.
Please call or text (310) 804-2392 or
Email us at caryl@DoggieManners.com for further information.
These are the areas we concentrate on with puppies:
- Potty training
- Chewing and biting
- Socialization and handling
- Puppy obedience
Along with the training, you receive applicable books and handouts FREE:
- Puppy Potty Training book
- Puppy Socialization book
- Puppy handouts for reference (soon to become a book!)
- Recommended new puppy supplies list
When you get a new puppy, there are sooo many supplies to get and soooo many things to do that you may feel overwhelmed. Puppies are a lot of work! But they are also a lot of fun — and way too cute. Their biggest problem is that they stay puppies for such a short period of time!
This is the most important time of their lives because it’s the time when puppy personalities are forming and what happens to them now has an impact throughout the rest of their lives. And what *you* do or don’t do now also has lasting effects.
You are most concerned right now about the Front End and the Back End — biting and chewing and also peeing and pooping. Whatever goes in must come out. But I’m concerned with the future — what happens if certain events do or don’t take place during critical developmental periods. It’s preventative behavioral medicine, and you play a big part.
And speaking of medicine, veterinarians and trainers are looking out for your puppy in different ways. Your vet is concerned with him medically, and trainers — including myself — are concerned with him behaviorally. Unfortunately, your vet may advise you to wait until your puppy has completed his shots before taking him to the outside world. But by the time he finishes his puppy shots, the critical periods are over. Fortunately, many vet schools are changing their policies because they, too, realize the importance of these critical developmental periods.
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has realized the importance of early socialization and issued a new position statement, “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 overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.” (emphasis added). Your veterinarian may not be aware of this change, so please let him know.
No one gets a puppy intending that he will be turned in to a shelter because of behavior problems, but that’s exactly what happens to 50% of the dogs born each year in the US. They are dead by their second birthday because of behavior problems (so sad, but true), many of which can be prevented. The fact that you are reading this shows that you care enough for your puppy that that won’t happen, so give yourself a pat on the back!
We talk about how to minimize your puppy’s biting and chewing so you don’t become a human pincushion and so your furniture doesn’t look like termites have attacked it. I can show you some simple strategies to accomplish this.
And we also talk about prevention of problems. Did you know that most dogs who have aggression issues don’t like to be touched — or only like to be touched when and where THEY want it? I demonstrate how to touch your dog so he loves it, and then you practice it.
The other important issue for your new puppy is socializing — and socializing means much more than getting him used to other dogs. It’s acclimating him to the sounds, smells, places, people, and things that he will encounter during his lifetime in a positive manner. We talk about how to do that in a safe way.
Doggie Manners can help you and your puppy start off on the right paw. Give us a call or text (310) 804-2392 for private lessons. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!
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Los Angeles Puppy Training
Doggie Manners Los Angeles Puppy Dog Training
12021 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90025
Call or text (310) 804-2392
Email us at caryl@DoggieManners.com