WHAT GOALS WILL BE PRIORITIZED?
During the program your puppy will begin the art of learning how to walk with you on leash and the art of play. We also place a huge emphasis on socializing your dog with both men and women and exposing your dog to children under supervision and without close contact or endangering both the pet and minor(s). If the main reason for signing up is to see behavioral improvements in your puppy’s socialization with people and or dogs – then we will focus mainly on those goals, however
obedience will help improve your dog’s behavior overall. The longer your dog stays- the more we will be able to work on obedience commands and prioritize obedience if you enroll your puppy for three weeks.
WHAT ARE THE TRAINING EXPECTATIONS?
We will be focusing on reconditioning (for puppy’s
who have a bad relationship with the leash) or conditioning leash pressure positively and the introduction to sit, stay, automatic heel position into break
(potty and sniffing breaks on your walks), leash manners (ex. biting on the leash out of frustration), how to manage play biting and mouthing by teaching fixed relaxation, down, name recognition and loading the clicker (Step One of Clicker Training) as a way to get your puppy’s attention (the opposite of clicking when your puppy does something right.)
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING METHODS/AND TOOLS DO YOU USE?
We encourage motivation before forcing them unnecessarily – always. Our program is a lot different than most and we know what sets us apart. We train on the desired training gear you want – it’s up to you and
us as a team whether it’s appropriate for your dog to be managed with or without certain harnesses, collars, and e-collars. We will never pressure you into making
decisions that would be unethical.
HOW LONG WILL MY PUPPY BE AT CAMP?
The duration for this program is 7-42 days of confidence building, potty training and potty on command (if needed), obedience and socialization. Scientifically, it takes 18 days to proof any command to a dog so any program that guarantees this in less time may be putting too much of the work on you as the owner to get the
dog through the 4 different learning stages: Acquisition, Fluency, Generalization and lastly Management.
critical socialization PERIODS
Our top priority in your puppy’s critical socialization period is positively exposing them with nearly EVERYTHING your puppy will encounter with or without you in the future including: nail trims, preparing for veterinarian visits, guests, other puppies and dogs, children, umbrellas, thunderstorms with lightning (Florida is the lightning capital of the world after all), fireworks, city noises and baths.
Our Philosophy with puppies
Motivation before compliance is our first line of defense in training. Using punishment is very tricky and we prefer to use positive training methods and not aversives.
WHY WE PREFER POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
Each puppy in our program enjoys as much food and we encourage them to be accepting of treats like meat, cheese, single ingredient-dehydrated food/treats, whip cream and peanut butter (depending on how sensitive their stomach is) to learn and associate stimuli using positive reinforcers to avoid them becoming more fearful or potentially fearful in the future. (ex. An ambulance drives by us on our walk we will intervene and expose them positively with food and play and redirection.)