"Socializing" in dog training means teaching your dog to ignore strange noises, people, places, objects and other animals. It does not mean go and make friends with everyone!
Since behavioral problems are by far the number one reason dogs end up in shelters, I feel it is crucial to get qualified information to new puppy owners from the beginning.
Now I offer a Puppy Start Right Preschool course (4 Modules plus Coursebook and Videos by Kenneth and Debbie Martin) Click here for more information about this course. Additionally I offer:
Preschool Puppy Club
once a week for 60 minutes.
Course Dates/Times: In 2018, Puppy Preschool Club will be offered on Sundays from 17:30-18:30 (for pups 7 - 16 weeks of age)
Course Size: Maximum 6 dogs.
Cost: FREE when enrolled in a Puppy Start Right Preschool Course. (Space permitting, non-enrolled clients may attend at the cost of CHF 20.00/dog per evening)
for older dogs I also offer:
Junior Dog Club
once a week for 60 minutes for the pups too old for Preschool, but who still need some extra socialization / distraction practice. Puppies approaching / at sexual maturity do not play the same as young puppies, so this course will not / not often have off-leash play time.. At this age, it is more important that they learn that not every other dog is an opportunity to play! Our goal here is to use the other pups as “distractions” to get our dogs to focus on us and our training exercises.
Course Dates/Times: In 2018, Junior Dog Club will be offered on Thursdays from 17:00-18:00 (for pups 4 - 12 months of age)
Course Size: Maximum 6 dogs.
Cost: FREE when enrolled in a Basic Essentials Course, Brain& Body Course or Private / Family Lessons. (Space permitting, non-enrolled clients may attend at the cost of CHF 20.00/dog per evening)
Socialization Club Gallery
Photos taken by Cher Kao Cher Images-Pet Photography-, Sitting and Dog Training
These are not obedience training programs nor problem-behavior-modification
programs! If you need special attention for your puppy’s issues, please
contact me to discuss private or family lessons, or to join one of our
young dog courses.
The progression of the sessions will be "organic" rather than linear, since not everyone will be able to attend every single lesson. That means that the next session will not necessarily “build on” something that was covered in the previous session. (Although regulars will definitely benefit more than those coming only sporadically.)
Puppies/ Junior dogs must be de-wormed, vaccinated and in good health: (no vomiting, diarrhea or eye/ear infections).
(People accompanying the dogs should also please be in good health!)
Children are VERY welcome, however, children under 10 years of age should be accompanied by a second adult – one adult to keep an eye on the puppy and another to pay attention to the child.