Due to the mandated shelter-in-place order, Puppy Preschool classes are currently being conducted virtually via Zoom every Saturday morning at 10am.
Ideally, we want to start your puppy in our Puppy Preschool program at Happy Tails before your dog is 12 weeks old.
Think about the first day you brought home your puppy. You were so happy and in love! That cute puppy face coupled with their love and affection tricked you into thinking they could do no wrong! It was their world, and you were just living in it!
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 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.
During our 3-week Puppy Preschool, you will learn how to properly socialize your new dog with different people, places and things (other puppies included)! Not only will you learn the basics of puppy development, but we will also educate you on the importance of continued and consistent training to ensure a happy and well-behaved dog throughout their entire life. We will expand on a range of topics that will not only create a well-socialized dog, but a mentally healthy and stable dog as well.
Because preschool focuses on socialization and desensitization during a young dog’s developmental stages in life, the puppy classes are designed for dogs younger than 16 weeks old (NEXT STEPS – FORMAL TRAINING). Once they are at least 5 months old, they are ready to begin our advanced programs such as private lessons and resident programs. With young puppies, we start with one informational puppy consultation. After that, you and your dog are able to join our classes for the next three weeks for free.
Plan for approximately 2 hours with a trainer. The consultation is best to start as close to 9-10-weeks-old as possible! The longer they are in your home, they longer they have time to learn bad behaviors and develop aggression or anxiety. Consultation should be completed before the dog is 13 weeks of age.
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!