The Ultimate Puppy Training Experience
Here’s a link of Cindie interviewing Jean Donaldson on our Social Dog Podcast:
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Why Puppy Academy has a lifelong impact on your puppy?
Approximately 4 million dogs are surrendered to shelters each year across the U.S., with the average age being 18 months old. 96% of these pups have never received any form of obedience training.
In fact, the number one reason why dogs are surrendered to shelters is because of behavioral issues that many overwhelmed new pet owners don’t realize can easily be fixed with just a little bit of proper training.
DID YOU KNOW:
Puppies have a sensitive period for socialization from 3 weeks until about 12-14 weeks. During this time, they should have lots of positive socialization experiences with other people and dogs and habituate to the kinds of environmental stimuli they will encounter as adult dogs.
The scientists said,
“unless socialization occurred before 14 weeks of age, withdrawal reactions from humans became so intense that normal relationships could not thereafter be established.”
At their young age so much of the socialization process is taking place.
Socializing puppies is about more than just people. It involves pleasant experiences with unknown dogs, surfaces, places, anything that puppy might come across as an adult. Socialization should start in the home of the breeder, or the foster home if it is a rescue (puppies are available from rescues too). If you’re getting a puppy, ask the breeder or rescue what they do to socialize puppies, and be prepared to do lots of socialization yourself.
In her book Culture Clash Jean Donaldson says,
“it’s advisable to go way overboard covering all the bases before the socialization window closes, especially for spookier breeds or individuals. This means exposing the puppy to as wide a social sphere as possible in terms of human age groups, sexes, sizes, shapes, colors and gaits. The experiences should be positive (play, treats, nothing scary) and include a wide variety of patting, handling and movement by the humans.
“It also means getting the puppy used to anything it may have to encounter in later life, such as car rides, veterinary exams (make the first one or two fun rather than scary), cats, traffic, soccer games, elevators and pointy sticks.”
There is a balance to be struck in socializing puppies to prevent future behaviour problems and protecting them from disease when they are not fully immunized. This is something to discuss with your vet.
The AVSAB position statement on puppy socialization says, “Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioural problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioural problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond… Behavioural issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.”
“The importance of a critical period for socialization is hard to overestimate,” says Jean Donaldson. It’s important to get it right. And because dog training is an unlicensed profession, this means you should chose your puppy’s trainer, groomer, pet sitter and vet with care.
Walks and Wags Puppy Academy is modeled after a school-like schedule and structure. We shape puppies into well-mannered members of the family by helping to train puppies for their owners.
Our goal is to relieve the stress of puppyhood from new puppy owners by offering exceptional support and training services that take away the time-consuming burden of traditional training methods, while simultaneously building owners’ confidence in their ability to manage their pup at home and in public with ease.
Walks and Wags Puppy Academy is modeled after a school-like schedule and structure. We shape puppies into well-mannered members of the family by helping to train puppies for their owners. Our goal is to relieve the stress of puppyhood from new puppy owners by offering exceptional support and training services that take away the time-consuming burden of traditional training methods, while simultaneously building owners’ confidence in their ability to manage their pup at home and in public with ease. We closely monitor your pup, instill good manners, and detect, decrease and prevent any other bad behaviors from arising or becoming a problem in the future.
As described by the AKC, puppies go through a socialization period from seven weeks to four months of age that shapes their future personality and how they will react as adults. Exposing them to a variety of people, places and situations is key, as is the gentle handling of them in their first several weeks of their lives to help develop a friendly confident dog. From 8 weeks on much of these young pup’s socialization will be taking place before 16 weeks of age. For this reason, Walks and Wags has restructured their learning environment to accommodate young puppies socialization windows.
Puppies grow and learn new things every day. By being with them regularly over some of the most crucial first months of their lives, we have a significant impact on shaping their behavior for the rest of their life!
Click the enroll now button below, fill out all information pertaining to your new furry family member, then click submit.
Our admission department will receive the application the following business day.
We will contact you to set up a phone consultation to determine the absolute best fit for your puppy and family!
Walks and wags is truly the best in the business. Your pet is family and they truly care about making sure your pet has an enriched, fun, and well mannered good time. I never have to worry and I could never have survived puppyhood without them!
Are you ready to get your puppy into class?
Need a ride? Ask us about our special Academy Taxi Service that will pick up and drop off your puppy to and from your home or work for you on school days!
Eligible puppies must be between the ages of 8 weeks and 16 weeks old. The puppy must be in the home at least 2 weeks prior to attending school.
Puppies to be up-to-date with their vaccinations. We require a minimum of 2 rounds of DHPP and 1 Bordetella to begin school. At this time, these pups won’t interact with the other students (they’ll have their own play area) or go on outdoor walks on the grounds (they’ll go for a stroller walk instead so they are still socialized with the outside world). Once they have their third round vaccinations they’ll partake fully with the other students.
Enrolled students must also pass a daily health check before class admittance for the day. This is to ensure all students are in optimal health for their own safety and well-being, and that of their fellow classmates.
Puppy Academy Questions?.
We are the premier training and socialization school that trains you’re puppy for you first, then shows you how to maintain the training in the home! Puppies do not roam around aimlessly in a big area all day long. We operate on a fully scheduled and structured fun school day that puppies participate in to learn specific commands and good behavior in ALL areas. The Puppy Academy delivers the physical and mental stimulation puppies need, as well as the discipline and gentle correction necessary to master good behavior quickly.
Enrollment is limited.
We accept only a limited number of puppies to work with, so your puppy receives the uppermost personal attention and care from us.Each puppy is treated as an individual . Just like us humans each and every puppy is unique and should be treated so.
Our expert staff is fully trained in puppy training, canine behavior, and dog psychology.
This is crucial because along with being able to obedience train puppies, our trainers are also able to predict and prevent potential issues and situations before they escalate. Your puppy is always in great, experienced, and professional hands! We will work with you and your family to be sure we are all on the same page in regards to the care of your puppy.
Puppies bring their own food and treats as provided by their owner.
This is to keep them on their same diet as home so their tummies don’t get upset from a sudden change.
We use only pet-safe and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Your puppy is never exposed to harsh or toxic chemicals.
We chart all of your puppy’s progress from day one to graduation !
Once your puppy is 16 weeks, then your puppy is off to regular daycare with dogs the same age. This is when they will start to begin playing with a purpose. This is where we incorporate training in their play. We have time on our side so we do the repetitions in training all day.
Puppy Socialization is so important! Here is the statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. If your vet tells you to not take your puppy anywhere until fully vaccinated, share this position statement with him/her!! https://avsab.org/…/Puppy_Socialization_Position…
Weekday Hours for Daycare
Monday – Friday
Drop-off: 7:30 – 9:30 am
Pick-up: 2:30 – 6 pm
Closed daily: 12 – 2 pm
Saturday: 8am – 12pm
Sunday: 2pm – 6pm