Puppy Socialization and

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05/05/15

Here at Sequoyah K9 Academy we firmly believe that it is crucial to begin socialization with puppies as soon as possible.  Puppies will begin formulating attitudes and personalities as soon as they start interacting with their environments.  There is a large portion of personality that is genetically wired into their DNA, however, their interaction with their environment as they grow determines how they will learn to respond throughout their lives.   For example, if you have a puppy who is a little more inhibited, if you do not socialize him to the things that inherently scare him, they will grow up to be fearful of those things for the rest of their lives.  On the other hand, if you have a puppy that is not at all reserved, if he does not receive guidance early on, his owners will soon be complaining that he constantly jumps on the friends that visit, chases the neighborhood cats, or walks in front of the lawnmower with no regard for his own safety

At Sequoyah K9, we have a variety of trainers and are able to meet the needs of various breeds by custom tailoring our training for each special individual.   Just as the will inherently respond differently to their environment, different dog may well be in need of different training methods - For example, you can't use the same training style on a shy Chihuahua that you might use for an overly exuberant Labrador and expect the same results.

 

Preschool or Puppy Socialization Classes (Puppies 9-14 weeks):

Puppy Socialization class is set up so that you can begin an educational program with your puppy at an early age.  Puppies can begin preschool as soon as 9 weeks of age as possible (but at least 1 week AFTER their first set of vaccines).  This early start will make it so much easier to prevent future behavioral problems. 

Protocols and Goals During your weekly sessions you will learn how to begin the process that is critical to the positive social development of your puppy.  While attending our program your puppy will come in contact with variety of people of various ages, sizes, etc.  We encourage and monitor handling exercises where your pet is exposed to new people in a gentle, positive manner.  Proper socialization during this short window of opportunity will guide your puppy's development while he gains a clear understanding of appropriate behavior.

At puppy preschool, you will also learn confidence building techniques to help your pet attain positive experiences.  Using proper skills, we will help your puppy overcome most of his unreasonable fears in our environment.  For many dogs, items such as vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, lawn mowers, and umbrellas are new experiences that, if introduced improperly, may lead to permanent fears or even aggression towards people.  Are goal will be to help you to communicate with your pup, identifying stressors and helping both you and your pup to have a positive interaction.

  • Benefits: 
    • The main focus will be on having a friendly, safe environment for the puppies but most of the "training" will be geared toward helping the owners raise their new pup.
    • This is the Earliest training you can do with your pup
    • Most puppies are capable of learning commands as early as 7-8 weeks.
    • Helps prevent problems before they start - the puppies will be exposed to new things in a controlled environment that often people do not think of doing with their puppies until it is too late and the puppies have already developed an unwanted and undesired response 
    • Early socialization allows you to introduce your puppy to others without fear of serious injury that can occur as they get older
    • Allows puppies time to play in class and become excited about "outtings" with other dogs while in a controlled environment decreasing the risk injury or suffering a "bad experience" which could continue to affect them throughout life
    • While the puppies play, there is significant time for owners to receive instruction from an experienced trainer - receiving vital information for training and raising a new puppy.
  • Drawbacks
    • Puppies that are very young have very little attention span making it difficult to maintain any focus for extended periods.
    • Young pups are less prone to have full immunity to contagious viruses and increased interaction with other young pups can increase their risk of disease.

What you will need to bring:

  • Your puppy
  • Flat collar
  • 6-foot lead
  • His/her favorite training treats
  • Water Bowl (if you prefer that they don't use the community bowl)

 

Puppy Obedience Classes (Puppies 12-24 weeks):

Puppy Obedience Class is set up as the next step up from Preschool.  The puppies will have a slightly better attention span and can handle slightly more complex training ideas.  As with Preschool, our goal will be to have a safe environment for the puppies to learn good behavior to help them to grow up to be good K9 citizens.  There will be more emphasis placed on teaching the puppies commands and helping them to acquire skills that allow them to be good productive members of the family. 

Protocols and Goals During your weekly sessions we will assist you in solving many types of puppy problems that can develop as your puppy grows - problems such as chewing, play-biting, jumping, cat chasing, etc.  You will learn how to teach your puppy to sit, down, and walk on a leash.  Through planning and careful attention to each puppy as an individual, we can help you learn how to guide your pet's development in order to prevent problem behavior and sculpt the desired behaviors for your household.

  • Benefits: 
    • By this age, your puppy should have received at least 2 sets of vaccines and should be less susceptible to disease.
    • Your puppy should still be young enough to prevent most unwanted behavior or "fix" any bad behaviors that may have started.
    • Puppies will have a better attention span and will be capable of learning more complex ideas.
  • Drawbacks
    • Older pups in this class may be slightly rougher with younger pups and the owners will be required to remain very vigilant to prevent any unwanted interactions.  The instructors will also be very alert to any interactions and will promote safe and fun playtime while remaining attentive to any stressors for the puppies.

What you will need to bring:

  • Your puppy
  • Flat collar
  • 6-foot lead
  • His/her favorite training treats
  • Water Bowl (if you prefer that they don't use the community bowl)
  • Optional but may be recommended by our trainer
    • Place Mat
    • Ball or Tug

     

 

One on One Training:

For those who want more personalized interaction with our trainers, we can offer One-on-One training.  Feel free to see our link on this type of training for more information. 

Board and Train:

For those client who have difficult schedules or who simply prefer for their puppy to advance more quickly, we can also offer a variety of Board-and-Train options.  Feel free to see our link on this type of training to see some of these options.

 

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