PUPPY KINDERGARTEN

 

For :

Puppies 10 weeks to 16 weeks of age as of the start of class.

 

Cost :

$1,500 for 6 weekly classes at your home. (Time is at your convenience)

All sessions are customised to suit your needs

 

Requirements :

Puppies must be healthy.

 

Why :

The main purpose of this course is socialisation! One of the most important things you can do for your puppy is to let him or her socialise early with other dogs to avoid problems later on. Young puppies are very impressionable and easy to train because they don’t know much of anything and haven’t learned any “bad” behaviours yet. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of easy training, to encourage desired behaviors through positive reinforcement. The habits your puppy now learns he or she will also know as an adult. Make sure it’s what you want him or her to know!

 

This course is designed to prevent behaviour problems (dog-to-dog aggression, space and toy possessiveness, shyness, bullying etc.), by teaching the puppy appropriate behaviours in a controlled environment.

 

Puppies will be introduced to basic exercises like :

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Walk on leash
  • Off
  • Approach and greeting by stranger
  • Stand for exam by stranger

 

Other topics that will be discussed are :

  • Crate training and housebreaking
  • Chewing and nipping
  • Do’s and Don’ts with puppies and children
  • “Doggie Language”

 

Puppy Kindergarten is designed to help owners get through the early months of raising a puppy by teaching and encouraging the behaviours and habits that you WANT from your puppy. This saves you a lot of headache later when you would have to try and “undo” bad habits. It’s much easier to start your puppy off right! The classes themselves are a combination of discussion of common questions/problems, supervised off-leash puppy play/socialisation, confidence building exercises and introduction of basic obedience skills – walking on a leash, coming when called, sit, greeting people without jumping, etc. All exercises are taught with positive reinforcement, using food treats, toys and attention to reinforce the behavior we want.

 

Many well-intentioned dog owners do not realise that they waited too long on getting started with socialisation. The critical window of socialisation ends approximately when the puppy is 16 weeks old. In fact many veterinarians, trainers, behaviour consultants and behaviorists emphasise the importance of the period before the pup is just 3 months old! Adequate socialisation can help prevent many behavior problems such as shyness, aggression, fears and phobias as well as behaviour problems caused by anxiety. Your puppy needs to meet people of all different shapes, sizes, ages and ethnic backgrounds. All these experiences need to be fun! That’s easy to do, simply have many different people give your puppy a delicious and healthy treat. Use small nutritious treats the size of a pea or even your puppy’s own food as a reward.

 

Socialisation includes not only the opportunity to meet many people, but also many dogs of different breeds, shapes and sizes, and experience different environments. Just because your puppy lives with another dog does not mean your puppy is sufficiently socialised to dogs. Please do not take your young puppy to a dog park! Dogs at dog parks can have great temperaments or terrible ones and a bad experience now will have lasting ramifications. If you schedule private lessons with our trainer, we may be able to provide opportunities for socialisation of your young puppy with our own gentle, well-socialised dogs and we can provide recommendations for additional socialisation opportunities.

 

Your puppy also needs to have opportunities to explore urban settings and suburban and rural settings. This is especially important for people living in Singapore because there are many different kinds of environments relatively close together. If you dream of a dog that you can take hiking, for leisure walks, and will lie politely by your side while you enjoy lunch outdoors, you need to prepare your puppy for these very different environments now.

 

If your veterinarian tells you to wait and not allow your puppy to meet other dogs until he or she has all of his vaccinations, please show your veterinarian the following letters:

 

Dr. RK Anderson’s open letter to veterinarians on the importance of early puppy socialization

 

The importance of preventing behavior problems by appropriate socialisation and reward-based training cannot be overstated.