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Puppy Training & Socialization Skills
Your puppy has endless potential. Potential to be a well-mannered and major part of your family. But, that does not just happen on its own. Good dogs are not just born. Good dogs are taught how to be good. Puppy training is one of the most important things you can do to get you and your puppy started in the right direction. It is much easier to train a puppy than to have to re-train an older dog that has spent years making his own decisions.
Socializing your puppy before sixteen weeks of age is vital. According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior “puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely.” Properly and safely socializing your puppy will set your dog up for continued success and better learning into their adulthood. Training will help give your puppy confidence and flexibility in new environments and with all kinds of people.
Some of the important training issues we will cover include: potty training, biting and mouthing, resource guarding, kenneling, body handling skills, basic behaviors such as sit, down, come and many others!
Many of the problem behaviors I encounter with adult dogs, such as barking and lunging at other dogs, fear of strangers, reactivity to minor sounds such as knocking at the door or TV sounds and activity, fear of riding in the car, jumping at people, growling when someone walks by their bowl or chew toy, are due to under socialization and lack of training as a puppy. This time should not be wasted, each and every day is an important one! Many people can easily teach their puppy to sit or down at home, that is not the most important issue here; the socialization and early foundation training will set you and your dog up for a lifetime of fun and compatibility.
The first year of your puppy’s life is the most important one. He is developing into the dog he will become, both socially and behaviorally. Start training yourself and your pup right now!
Did you just adopt a new puppy and don’t know where to start? Did your precious puppy turn into a rambunctious teenager who wants to run the household? Maybe you have an adult dog who constantly jumps up on you and any guests who come over to visit?
If you are interested in helping your dog become a wonderful and fun companion, you have come to the right place! Training Fido is all about teaching both you and your dog as a team. I have a wide variety of training options for any age and learning level you and your dog may need. I specialize in teaching private lessons so that I have more time for one-on-one coaching. We can then focus on the individual needs of you and your dog and progress at a successful pace toward your goals.
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Private dog training lessons are perfect for dogs and owners who need a little more one-on-one coaching, owners who have difficult schedules and cannot commit to weekly classes, and for dogs that are not quite ready for a group class. It is also perfect for owners who have dogs with behaviors that are simply out of their knowledge and comfort level.
I use positive, dog-friendly, scientifically sound methods to train puppies and adult dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes. I do not use e-collars, choke chains, pinch collars or other heavily aversive tools or techniques.
We begin with an initial evaluation and then move into training. The initial evaluation is a 1.5 to 2-hour training session that consist of a consultation and assessment and hands's on training with you and your dog. I will conduct a detailed interview about your dog's history and behavior, assess your dog's behavior and clarify your training goals. Together we will design a rehabilitation training plan to efficiently and effectively train and/or modify problem behavior. I am a firm believer in "knowledge is power" and will recommend books and other resources to help you understand your dog's behavior, and why we are using specific methods. Most owners will start to see results after this first training session.
After the initial consultation, I will work with you and your dog privately in approximately 60 minute training sessions. These sessions will either be held in your home or in real world settings.
I develop a training plan that is fair, balanced and unique to your situation and environment. We will address multiple forms of unwanted or unsafe behavior, including but not limited to:
The initial evaluation fee is $50.00, and sessions thereafter are $40.00. There will be additional charge for distances outside of Rapid City.