Puppy Principles

Good manners, structure, and impulse control sessions for puppies.

Yes, puppies are cute. But when the cuteness justifies misbehavior we are in trouble. The Cute Puppy License has an expiration date – this is where training becomes a necessity, no matter how ‘good’ or ‘cute’ puppies are. Although we will work on structure, training should be fun – you and your puppy will learn how to read each other’s body language, how to better understand each other and to have fun at the same time.

Puppy training is important for both first-time owners and life-long dog owners who need a refresher on puppy training or are adopting a breed new to them. And sometimes when we just get a little troublemaker who requires a bit of an outside help.

We will cover everything from good manners to proper grooming to suggested types of crates, beds and playpens and to the best toys and activities for your puppy. After all, life has to continue when the puppy joins your family: the kids still need help with their homework, we still have to go to work or leave the house and it is important that your little guy knows how to entertain himself and be happy when alone.

These sessions are catered to your lifestyle, needs and expectations. We will draw a plan-of-action based on your information – here are some of the many situations we cover:

  • Basic commands
  • Potty training
  • Crate training
  • Name recognition/Come command
  • Destructive chewing
  • Mouthing/Nipping
  • Walking on a leash
  • Greeting people, children and other dogs
  • Socialization
  • Proper communication between children and puppy
  • Fear free Vet office visit and etiquette
  • Introduction to other pets (dogs, cats, ferrets already living in the house)

Important to remember: Puppy training is about bonding, establishing trust, education, molding and prevention of future behavioral problems (separation anxiety, resource guarding, excessive barking, reactivity/aggression to other dogs and people). When you have a new puppy, you have a blank canvas – what kind of picture do you want to paint?