Puppy
Development

FOR CLIENTS NATIONWIDE

FOR DOGS 8-20 WEEKS OLD

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW PUPPY!! 

Now what?!  What’s the family game plan for raising this new little one?   Have you thought about routine & schedule, nutrition, exercise, and personality development?  Are you ready with an action plan on how to crate and potty train your puppy?  Does everyone in the family understand how to manage unwanted behaviors?  Those early stages of your puppy’s life are BY FAR the MOST IMPORTANT.  Do you need guidance on how to navigate those first few months?  Happy Tails has your back!

The Puppy Development program at Happy Tails is a very unique opportunity for our team of expert dog trainers to help guide you through this important early stage.  The goal of this program is to aid in the development of your puppy’s brain and personality.  During this process we’re going to teach you three important things:

  1. How to prevent anxiety, fear and insecurity from developing (or getting worse if you’re already seeing signs)
  2. How to prevent aggression from developing (or getting worse if you’re already seeing signs)
  3. How to build confidence through proper socialization and feedback

Ideally, we want to start your puppy in our Puppy Preschool program at Happy Tails before your dog is 12 weeks old… but definitely before they are 5 months old.  Once they are past the early puppy stage, they are ready for formal training.

Sadly, as dogs grow up, far too many of them end up in shelters, or worse, euthanized every year due to behavior problems that you didn’t know how to control or manage. The importance of getting off to a good start at a young age is essential to ensure your puppy doesn’t end up becoming a statistic. By understanding how puppies learn and how to communicate with proper praise and motivation, you can stop bad behaviors from even developing. It also lays the groundwork for continued training to have a pet that fits your personal desires. However, in order to have a great life with a happy and well-behaved dog, we need to be able take care of their needs and wants as well. They need to be able to understand what appropriate behavior is, along with what’s not acceptable. Learning how to teach and communicate positively with pride, patience, and persistence is the most effective way!

Our goal with the Puppy Development program is to ensure puppy owners have the basic knowledge of how young dogs learn behaviors and to understand basic handling skills of your new pup. By learning proper communication between you and your puppy, as well as what is required for you as their leader, all will be on the right path to an enjoyable life with your well-behaved dog.

Ready to get started?  

Here’s how the process works:

  • Call Happy Tails and schedule your puppy orientation (group or private – we recommend the group session)!  586-580-3684
  • After you schedule your orientation, you’ll receive an email with a link to our puppy worksheets.  This online workbook includes a TON of information on how to set you up for success  (including instructional videos).
  • Next, you’ll complete your Puppy Orientation with a Happy Tails Trainer (budget about 2 hours via Zoom).  You’ll get a ton of information about how to raise your puppy successfully and you’ll get some virtual coaching on how to do handling exercises with your puppy.
  • After you complete your Puppy Orientation, you’ll be able to participate in two (2) optional (but highly recommended) online learning discussions.  One class focuses on confidence building & socialization best practices and the other on aggression prevention.
  • Clients can also add-on two (2) in-person classes at Happy Tails if they’d like to do hands-on work with our trainers (the in-person classes would be an additional $50).  Each class will be approximately 2 hours long.  One class focuses on handling exercises with your puppy, dog, human and object socialization and confidence building exercises.  The other class will include a Transitional Leash and instruction on how to use it to manage and control your puppy in high-stress or high-energy environments.
  • After you complete your puppy development courses, you’re pup will be ready for formal training (private lessons or a resident training program).  You’ll make a game plan with your trainer as to what is best for you!

VIRTUAL 'GROUP' PUPPY ORIENTATION MEETING

$150 INCLUDES 2 ADDT LIVE GROUP ONLINE COURSES

VIRTUAL 'PRIVATE' PUPPY ORIENTATION MEETING

$250 INCLUDES 2 ADDT LIVE GROUP ONLINE COURSES

2 IN-PERSON CLASSES

(if you're comfy with in-person learning) ADD-ON ADDITIONAL $50

Plan for approximately 2 hours with a trainer for the orientation. After you complete your orientation and review your online workbook, you can join the additional virtual (online) classes. They are included at no extra charge when you schedule your puppy orientation. In-person classes are an additional $50 if you would like to add those on. The consultation should be completed before the dog is 20 weeks of age.

PUPPY CONSULTATION INCLUDES:

  • Crate Training Tips
  • Potty Training Instructions
  • Socialization Tips
  • Aggression Prevention
  • Anxiety Prevention
  • Confidence Building Exercises
  • Learn How to Communicate With Your Puppy & Read Body Language
  • Tips on How to Manage & Control Unwanted Behaviors
  • A List of Do’s & Dont’s
  • Routine & Schedule Tips
  • Proper Games & Toys For Your Pup
  • A Plan For Future Behavior Training
  • Virtual (Online) and In-Class (Hands On) Learning
All puppy development participants receive discounts on advanced training at Happy Tails!

PUPPY DEVELOPMENT WORKBOOK

Do you want a great resource that will help you be a better puppy parent? Being a good dog owner is all about creating structure, rules and boundaries using clear, consistent communication. Learning how to communicate with your dog is why you hire Happy Tails! But understanding how dogs see the world and how they interpret things you do is important in being the best leader you can for your dog. We strongly recommend all of our customers read The Good Dog Way by Sean O’Shea. You can order it online or you can save on shipping and purchase it at Happy Tails!

As soon as you schedule your consultation at Happy Tails, your Puppy Worksheets link & password will be emailed to you. Once you receive the worksheets link, you will not be eligible for a refund if you decide to not participate in classes or your orientation. There will be no partial refund of you cannot make any of the online or in-person classes. Thank you for your understanding.

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Call 586.580.3684 to schedule your consultation or fill out the request form below

WE ARE OPEN FOR TRAINING!  WE ARE CURRENTLY OPERATING ON A WAITLIST FOR RESIDENT TRAINING PROGRAMS (next available opening is 12/28) SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TRAINING, DON’T WAIT TO SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION! 

WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS FOR FORMAL OBEDIENCE.  

OUR PUPPY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OFFERS BOTH VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON OPTIONS.

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