Imagine... you're taken out of your home and dumped into an environment where you don't know the language or the customs. No matter how hard you try, you can only learn certain words of their language and you are unable to speak it back to them. When you try to communicate with them in your language, they seem to understand sometimes, but they misunderstand most of what you say. They get angry at you for so many things that you do, but you don't understand what they are saying and you don't know what they want you to do instead. Frustrating and scary, isn't it? That's what joining your family can be like for your new puppy or adopted dog.
Developing an enjoyable lifelong partnership with your dog starts here
Remember that puppies aren't born into this world knowing our rules. What we consider "bad" is usually perfectly normal behavior for a dog. They jump on us, piddle on the rug, lunge on the leash, chew our shoes and then play keep-away with them. When we call them they only come if they're in the mood, or maybe they run away to initiate a game of chase. Puppies and young dogs often like to use our hands and feet as chew toys. It's a good thing they're so adorable, or else we might not put up with them!
Even before your new puppy or adopted dog joins your home, it’s a great time to reflect upon breed characteristics and the influence early dog or puppy training can have in shaping a relationship that’s safe, loving and peaceful for both human family members and pets. Don't wait until your new puppy or adopted dog develops bad habits to break. Start your training right away! Preventive pet training is much easier.
Still, it's never too late — dogs of all ages love to learn! Whether you have a new puppy, an adolescent, or an adult dog who needs a review of (or introduction to) the basics, SmartyPups will show you how to change your unruly little critter into a wonderful, well-behaved, and happy member of the family!
We will teach you and your dog the skills that will allow you to better communicate with each other. Our focus is your relationship with your dog, how to improve it, and how to provide the motivation so your dog will be willing and eager to perform the behaviors that you want. We do not use punishment (or its euphemism "correction"). Our training tools include treats, toys, praise, scents, or whatever motivates your individual dog. Instead of telling your dog what NOT to do, we teach the alternative appropriate behaviors that you want him to do.
- Does your dog jump to greet? Teach him "sit to greet."
- Beg while you're eating? Teach him to hold a down-stay on his mat during meal times.
- Bark when visitors arrive? Teach him to self-crate when the doorbell rings.
- Dash through doors? Teach him "wait."
We will also help you provide your dog with the socialization, structure and leadership he needs to feel secure, confident, and relaxed in all social situations.
After your FREE initial consultation, we will customize a program to help your dog become the best family pet ever!