7 Weeks to 16 Weeks
When it comes to the emotional development, one of the most critical parts of a dog’s life is the period between 7 weeks to 16 weeks. I am turning to veterinarians for advice. American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) released position statement on Puppy Socialization stating that: ”Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear [of catching a disease], 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 behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters."
We will use cognitive exercises and introduce basic concepts:
- Follow you off leash
- Loose leash walking
- Sharing food and toys
- Allow to be groomed
- Bite Inhibition
- No jumping
- Leave it
- Go to mat
Until the puppy turns 16 weeks of age, socialization does not mean to simply expose the puppy to new stimuli. Socialization at this age means that the puppy must have good experience with stimuli. This is the time when fears and phobias can be formed. If you take your puppy to a dog park in your puppy is bullied by a big black dog, he may not like big black dogs in the future. Once the puppy is older than four months old, he will be able to handle his environment better. Until then, please ensure your puppy is having a good time. I always bring one of my dogs to help the puppy learn good manners.
It is important to teach the puppy to walk in the rain, go outside and potty when it is thunder storming, or play in the snow. Prepare him for any weather.
During Our Training Session
I will leave custom notes before I leave. You will aslo have access to my password protected portal with training videos and instructions.
Duration and Frequency
My package includes 5 (five) sessions that are 1.5 hours each. First two sessions might be one week apart. After that we will meet every 2 weeks.
At least in the beginning, it is best to have working sessions in your home. This will enable me to observe your dogs in their daily “habitat”. When needed we will go to different high traffic areas to practice around other dogs and people.
The cost of 5 (five) 1.5 hour sessions is $450. I do not charge per dog in multi-dog households. I charge per session.
The cost of 3 (three) 1.5 hour sessions is $270. I work prepaid and take payments via PayPal.
The amount of information you will receive in 3 sessions will be almost the same as in 5 sessions. The difference is in the number of chances you get to practice under my supervision. 5 sessions allow for a more leisurely speed of the training program.
I offer 20% military discount and 10% senior discount. Please alert me that you qualify before I send you the invoice.