How Old Should My Puppy Be When Starting Puppy Training?
Typically, puppy training classes are ideal for puppies that are 10 weeks to six months old. We do have some puppies as young as eight weeks that are successful in our program. Puppies younger than this, are not safe to attend training classes. We work with dogs that are older than six months, but at this age they need to attend one of our other program options instead of the puppy class.
One of the cornerstones of our puppy training programs is proper socialization. This is much easier to handle when we have puppies in the same age group coming together. Once the puppy knows the basic commands, they can work with dogs in other age groups.
Another common factor in our puppy training classes is teaching young dogs how to be obedient even when there are distractions. This helps to ensure your canine companion will be able to listen and obey when you’re out in public. This is beneficial if you take the dog out on walks or visit dog parks.
What Kind of Dog Training Should You Expect?
Puppy classes must begin with basic obedience skills. This means teaching the puppy how to sit, stay, and come. We also work on other commands and skills. For example, puppies in our classes will learn how to behave on a leash. The goal is to ensure that you can walk the puppy on a loose leash without having concerns about pulling or other negative behaviors.
We also handle other skills such as housebreaking or crate training. We work closely with you and the puppy to ensure the dog knows other, more advanced commands, such as off, down, and place, that can help them to be a successful part of your family.
Puppies sometimes have problematic behaviors. We can help you handle these by learning the corrective actions and positive reinforcement measures that work for your puppy. These include behavioral issues like:
- Separation anxiety
One thing our trainers know is that a confident puppy is less likely to exhibit negative behaviors. We want your puppy to learn the confidence they need to thrive. There are several ways we do this. For example, we offer praise when the puppy is doing the right thing. We also work on object socialization and enrichment to assist the puppy with confidence.
At The Dog Wizard Greenville, we know that group classes aren’t the only tool for success. We also offer individual puppy lessons as well as board and train programs that can take place at our facility or in your home. Many puppy owners prefer the home dog training visits because we’re able to see how the puppy behaves in a familiar environment. This helps us to work with you during the private lessons to let you know what adjustments you can make to help the puppy in your home.
What Obedience Training Philosophy Does The Dog Wizard Follow?
There’s no shortage of techniques for training a puppy. While some programs focus solely on one technique, the professionals at The Dog Wizard Greenville believe the only way you can have a well-balanced dog is to use a balanced training program.
We use a combination of proactive steps to head off issues and positive reinforcement when the puppy does what’s expected. This helps the puppy learn the preferred behaviors while not giving them a chance to experience some negative behaviors. In many cases, this helps to produce a well-behaved puppy.
Another thing we believe in is fostering the communication lines between the puppy and the owner. When the puppy knows their owner will fulfill their needs, they develop trust in the owner. In order to adequately meet those needs, the owner should be able to understand the puppy. Our trainers work with you to ensure you understand some of the basic cues your puppy will show when they has specific needs.
How Can You Get Started with Puppy Obedience Classes with The Dog Wizard Greenville?
Getting started with our puppy obedience classes is easy. Simply give us a call at 864-704-1418 to speak to one of our staff members. We’ll find out a little bit about you and some information about your puppy. From there, we can help you find the puppy training classes that will provide the most benefit for you and your dog. We proudly serve residents in the greater Greenville area, including Travelers Rest, Mauldin, Pisgah Forest, Simpsonville, and Marietta.