Puppy Training

Set your dog up for life in a few short adorable months


Con­grat­u­la­tions on your puppy!  Pup­py­hood is the time from birth to just about six months when those dog’s adult teeth come in.  Before those adult teeth our dogs have gen­tle mal­leable lit­tle minds and bod­ies.  Once those adult teeth come in, your puppy is phys­i­cally and behav­iorally an ado­les­cent and they start act­ing more cau­tiously and react more intensely to things than they ever did before.  We begin to see the behav­ioral issues that we did not iron out in pup­py­hood.  Our job is to lay a great foun­da­tion for our dogs in pup­py­hood, ado­les­cence will reveal how good of a job we did.

Here’s some impor­tant things to know…

It’s about social­iza­tion.  More than any­thing, pup­py­hood is about giv­ing our dogs as many new expe­ri­ences and mak­ing as many new friends as pos­si­ble.  We are play­ing a num­bers game and the more the merrier.

Potty train­ing and around the home train­ing are a big deal.  This is our chance to estab­lish good habits (or bad ones) that will last a lifetime.

Work­out that mouth.  Our pup­pies are pro­grammed to explore the world with their teeth and for a very good rea­son.  Dogs only have a few short months to learn how to be gen­tle and kind when using their mouth before it becomes a pow­er­ful sharp crush­ing device.  They need plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to exer­cise their mouths both on appro­pri­ate chews toys and liv­ing crea­tures that pro­vide feed­back, like other pup­pies or your hands.

We only have to do this once.  If we do this right, we’ll have a won­der­ful com­pan­ion for our dog’s entire life, but the oppo­site applies as well.

First, I rec­om­mend that you read this tell-it-like-it-is arti­cle I wrote called  What Every Puppy Owner Needs to be Train­ing Right NOW!

Now, on to the programs…

These pro­grams are for pup­pies between the ages of 7 weeks and around 5 months (when those adult teeth start com­ing in).

If your dog is older than 6 months, click here. to check out our adult train­ing programs

Puppy Play­time

If you want to do some social­iz­ing with other pup­pies in a clean super­vised envi­ron­ment, we host weekly puppy play­time at East­side Vet­eri­nary Asso­ciates of New­cas­tle.  Con­tact them here.

Puppy Life Skills

There is a group and one-on-one option for this pro­gram.  Suit­able for pup­pies 7 weeks to 5 months.

The group class option com­bines social­iza­tion, crit­i­cal life skills, and basic man­ners into a sin­gle 5 week course.  This is a great start­ing point on the path to a well-rounded, polite, con­fi­dent dog.  Class size is kept small, around 4 dogs, so that every stu­dent gets indi­vid­u­al­ized atten­tion.  Classes are held at East­side Vet­eri­nary Asso­ciates of New­cas­tle.

The one-one-one option takes place in-home and cov­ers top­ics like home-alone train­ing, potty train­ing, man­ners, and greetings.

Check out the details here: Puppy Life Skills Info or con­tact me here for enroll­ment dates and times.

If you’re look­ing for train­ing for dogs 6 months or older, click here.

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