Congratulations on your puppy!

The first thing I’ll recommend is the book The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. It’s available in audiobook, kindle, or hardback and is the companion book to my puppy lessons.
 
Between 8 and 16 weeks is a critical time for a puppy and they need to be house trained, crate trained, and HEAVILY socialized. Take them absolutely everywhere you go. The only way a dog can be equipped for more important jobs later on is if they’ve done everything and seen everything first when they’re young. Otherwise you’ll always be fighting uphill.
 
I offer in-home appointments for $60/hour for puppies (maximum 4 months old, beyond that they can get a wonderful education in our group classes). I can meet during the week 11am-4pm, or Monday-Thursday evenings, though evenings are harder to come by. If that sounds good and you’d like to meet to go over puppy handling or specifics, what is your availability? Would you need an evening or midday appointment?
 
I look forward to meeting you! 

Puppyhood Defined

Science found long ago that the “puppy” phase is actually much shorter than most folks give it credit for. Puppyhood is marked by the “imprinting” phase. This is a phase of development your dog goes through to determine the things, places, sights, smells, people, and animals that will make up its adult world. If your dog doesn’t hear it, see it, do it, feel it, or experience it before imprinting has ended, it will be like an alien invasion to your dog later in life!

What scientists found decades ago is that the imprinting stage lasts thirteen WEEKS. Not thirteen months, or 2 years, as some would have you believe. 13 weeks. That’s it. Then they take the information they’ve absorbed and start seeing what boundaries and mischief they can get into! That is also when your puppy decides what jobs he needs to do and what constitutes a threat.

Your job, as a puppy owner, is to set your dog up for success. There is no greater responsibility given to a puppy owner than socialization. Yes, housebreaking sure is important, and yes, teaching them what to chew on is important too. But nothing you do will be worth a darn if you don’t expose, expose, expose your dog to the world.

Our job is to help you achieve success! The only requirement of your dog is that they are less than 16 weeks old.

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My Puppy is 5 months (or 6 months, or 7 months)…but is displaying puppy behaviors. What then?

Congratulations, you don’t have a puppy anymore. You have a spoiled adolescent. And just as adolescent children become bratty and self entitled without good groundwork parenting, so do dogs. But don’t despair! Unlike teenage children, there is much hope for adolescent dogs!

Sign up for our adult classes, where good character is instilled and honest training reigns supreme.