During the puppy period (up to 4 months), the foundations for a stable adult dog are being laid. Unfortunately, this period can never be 're-done' or 'earned back': everything your puppy sees, hears, smells, feels and experiences during this short period, he stores to never forget. The positive or negative experiences that your puppy gains during this period, will form him or her into a secure, insecure or anxious dog. It goes without saying that choosing a good breeder is very important!
In this respect, the proverb "A good start is half the battle", certainly applies. It is important to make a good start from the beginning and work on a good relationship with your dog. Later on, you can always fall back on the basics / fundamentals you have been laying down in this period.
During the lessons, you will get lots of answers to the many questions you probably will have the first days and months of your life with the new puppy in your home.
This course is designed for puppies from 8 untill 14 weeks. A large part of this package is devoted to socialization. We teach the puppy to deal with everyday things that we - in our human world - regard as normal and which we expect our friend to be comfortable and happy and relax with.
In this series of lessons, you get both theory and practical exercises. After each lesson, you also get clear hand outs to use at home. Following are examples of exercises sees in this package:
- Toilet training
- Learning to be alone at home
- The importance of good socialization and how deal with it
- Preventing the dog biting
- Focus on his / her name
- Come, sit, down, stay and retrieve on command
- Walking on a leash without pulling
- How do you punish a dog? - Exercises that work on self control of the dog...
This package consists of 5 individual lessons . If you don't have your puppy at home yet, an extra lesson can be provided before his or her arrival.
Preparing your dog's arival.
During this session at home we go over a lot of questions you might already have. We look at which crate you should buy or borrow, where and how best to set it up, how to use the crate during the first days and nights, when and how to pick up your pup at the breeder, how to deal with potty-training during the first days and nights, where to teach your puppy a dog toilet from the day he gets home with you, how to deal with biting behaviour, what to do with the other (domestic) animals in the family, what to buy and what not to spend money on, what to ask the breeder before you get your puppy,..
Puppy 2 - Follow up on Puppy 1
This course of 5 individual lessons, follows puppy 1 and is only for people and pups who have taken part in the basic course "Puppy 1". Lessons can be taken once every 2 or 3 weeks.
Your puppy is now almost 4 months of age. He or she now already knows many rules and there is a solid basis to continue to build on. For your puppy, the world lies at his feet and he or she will start to explore it more independently. His instincts are coming more to the foreground. And sometimes... he seems to have bananas in his ears.... ;-).
During this second course, the focus shifts even more towards good leadership and towards developing self-control in your puppy. We will mainly go out more to practice and train in 'real' life : on the market, in the forest or park, on the tram,... During these lessons you will still get both theory and practical exercises. The learned exercises during puppy 1 will be extended, supplemented or perfected so your dog will obey even better in more diverse situations.
Here some examples of the excercices that can be part of the program:
- Learning to stay at a distance and with distractions
- Come, sit and lying down with distractions
- Exercises that contribute even more to the self control of your dog
- Sending the dog to a "fixed" place
- more walking on the leash, walking off the leash coming on command,...