Frequently Asked Questions
What are your credentials for dog training?
What age should I start training my dog?
Right away! Bringing home your puppy is an exciting time, however, it is important to remember that as cute and cuddly as your puppy is at this stage in their life, they will need to learn some manners in order to become a valued member of the family. it is very important to teach your puppy their role in your household so they can learn the social structure of their new home.
Just like children, puppies need structure and guidelines
Should I crate train my dog?
How much exercise does my dog need?
Some breeds require more than others, but overall you should aim for _
In addition to obvious health benefits to a lean body weight, regular exercise helps stop injuries in dogs that are "weekend warriors".
There is also evidence thst exercise and a lean body weight can slow the prgression of many orthopedic problems.
Why is handling my puppy and bite inhibition so important?
Do small dogs and big dogs all intergrate together at daycare?
Yes. We do not group dogs together based on size alone, but rather group by age, personalites, and energy levels. However, safety is a top priority, and if a little dog has a big dog personality, but we feel it is unsafe to group them with the larger dogs, then we will make a size appropiate play group.
What are some key points when dog training?
Keep it short - anything longer than _ can cause frustration and lead to
Reward! Reward! Reward! - if you didn't get paid for doing your job, would you still continue to go to work?
Always end on a good note -
Don't get frustrated! - make training a fun experience for both you and your dog.
It takes time to train your dog. Unfortunately there are no short cuts or magic solutions. Some dogs catch on quicker than others, but consitiency is key, so make sure to practice lots.
Earning your dog's respect requires you to act in certain ways that they see worthy of your respect.
"Your dog is your friend, your partner, and your defender, he is your dog. You are his life, his love, and his leader. He will be yours faithful and true until the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion." - author unknown.
NEVER scold your dog for coming to you, even if they were being bad. If your friend smacked you every time you came to see them, would you still go visit them?
DO NOT repeat commands. Your dog will learn they don't have to listen to you the first time because you will repeat it a few more times before you mean it.
Dogs do not generalize. This is why it is important to practice basic obedience outside of your home. This is also where you will need to remind your dog to "leave it" for various things.
Should I free feed my dog?
No! Free feeding can lead to weight gain and lack of motivation when training your dog. Every meal is an opportunity to be used for training. We suggest that you have your dog work for at least one of his meals. To meal feed, simpy put the bow down for 15 minutes and if your dog oes not eat their food in that time frame, pick the bowl back up and try again at the next meal time.
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How do I potty train my puppy?
When beginning, it is best to develop a schedule for you and your puppy; this allows his body to regulate the time and frequency at which he needs to eliminate.
It is critical to take your puppy out at these times:
- when he first wakes up
- 15 minutes after drinking or eating
- after he wakes up from a nap
- after he comes out of his crate
- after playing
- before bedtime
- if he is looking for a place to go (ie: sniffing around a lot, going into another room, going to the door, pacing)
When you take your puppy out, have him on leash. Always do potty break first, and play after. Confining your puppy when you can't wtch him, or having him on leash attached to you is critical, or else they could eliminate in other areas without you knowing and make that a new spot to potty. This is why it is important not to give your puppy too much freedom too soon.
When you catch your puppy eliminating where he shouldn't, clap your hands and/or say "Ah! Ah!" to startle and distract him from eliminating and then promptly put him outside to finish. If you do not catch them in the act, do not go back to punish your puppy. Dogs only remember things for a few seconds after they happen, so if you punish them after, they will only know they did something bad, but they won't generalize it with the fact they shouldn't eliminate there, but outside.
When do I start socializing my puppy?
After your puppy has had their first set of vaccinations,
Have you ever had any incidients at the daycare?