The way your young dog is treated in the first year of their life will impact your relationship--and their behavior--for a lifetime. However, few people have the time or expertise to raise the perfect pup. Let us do it for you.
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The first 16 weeks of your dog's life are when he or she learns what is safe and what isn't. Trainers recommend that puppies are introduced to a huge range of people, situations, objects, textures, and more with positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Start your little pal out on the right paw with this plan, which includes age-appropriate exercise, gentle play, strategic socialization, grooming and body handling preparation, exposure to new things, and basic obedience including proper potty behaviors. This is a "puppy kindergarten" and so much more. Great for aspiring service or therapy dogs, ESAs, agility dogs, or to prep for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test--or just the most amazing dog friend you've ever had.
Note: Optimal timing for this special is between week 8 and week 16 of puppy's life, but it will still help even if you miss the critical period.
Young adult dogs and new-to-you dogs also may need special treatment. Both can be a little unpredictable or fearful or develop odd behaviors. Adolescent dogs are also often very energetic and easily distracted, which can pose a uniques challenge. This plan includes age-appropriate exercise, training games, controlled exposure to new stimuli, basic obedience, body handling and grooming, and healthy, safe socialization (not just letting them loose at the dog park!).
Our Emotional Service Animal training and certification program is so popular, it has it's own page! Find out more about how your dog can become a trained ESA.