TRAINING | PUPPIES
Congratulations! It’s so exciting to be welcoming a puppy into your life.
We’re so happy you’ve discovered Doglando.
Before you go any further, to help you decipher the differences in the programs we offer, think of your puppy as a living being that needs time, patience, and guidance in their learning from 8 weeks of age to 3 years of age.
Puppies are born with their eyes and ears sealed upon birth, opening somewhere between 2.5 – 3 weeks of age. Around 4 weeks of age, puppies will begin to prop themselves up onto their four feet, developing balance and strength in their cores. This developmental milestone is in preparation for their ability to move around and eliminate on their own.
During the first 7 weeks of life, puppies are acquiring all their senses and learning to manipulate their whole body to become mobile.
Learning is occurring rapidly and a lot is about to change.
How our puppy programs are structured
Puppies are fragile. They require sensitivity, guidance, and patience. At Doglando, our programs have been thoughtfully created with the whole dog in mind.
We don’t approach a puppy from the position of demonstrating control, and we do approach a puppy from the position of providing them the freedom to grow.
A puppy’s journey into adulthood should consist of:
- Developmentally-appropriate learning objectives
- Sequential learning structure
- Learning by having positive experiences
With this in mind, our goal is to take every puppy into adulthood as a confident, socially apt, well-adjusted, reliable, and content dog.
There are three components to our puppy training:
- Skill Building
You are your puppy’s advocate and we are the vehicle by which you receive that guidance.
- How to introduce your puppy to other puppies and dogs
- How to guide your puppy in his/her interactions with children
- How to teach your puppy to greet people
- How to expose your puppy to the big world without causing conflict with their biologically-occurring fear periods
- Holding space for your puppy to explore without danger to him/herself
- Exposure to different stimuli in a manner where rich learning happens and confidence grows
- With the guidance of our patient, gentle, socially-apt, and highly-effective adult teaching dogs
Learning to Live as a Companion Dog:
- Immediate response to their name
- Fast recalls
- Ability to endure and enjoy physical handling (such as vet checks, at the groomers, petting, brushing etc)
- Running away
- Resource guarding
What is the one thing that puppies need most?
You may be thinking of consistency, patience, or guidance… and you’re right! Yes to all of those.
But the one thing puppies need most is “continuity.”
Sadly, many puppies begin their lives without continuity. For them, life seems to take a fragmented approach, whether that is suddenly being removed from their mom and littermates, or enrolling in training for one or two series of a class, then ending just when things begin to make sense and the puppy forms a routine.
At Doglando, we define Continuity as: “an unbroken and consistent approach to learning, well-being and care, that is tightly woven throughout every life stage, from puppyhood to senior dog and end of life.
We strongly believe that continuity is part of our collective effort of ensuring a solid beginning, lifelong contentment and a peaceful end of life journey.
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