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  • What vaccinations does my puppy need to start classes?
    I require proof of Kennel Cough vaccination for all group classes and socialization, in addition your puppy needs to be up to date with all age appropriate vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian. This doesn't mean they have to have completed all their vaccinations though! Early learning and socialization is critical for behavioral development.
  • At what age should I start my puppy in training classes?
    Ideally we start puppies as young as 9 weeks in the Puppy Play and Train, socialization class. This class is ONLY for puppies between 8-16 weeks of age. It is recommended but not required for the Level 1 - Puppy Kindergarten class which is for all puppies between 10 weeks and 6 months of age.
  • I've been told that I shouldn't take my dog out to meet other dogs until their vaccinations are complete, does that mean I should wait until the dog has it's rabies shots to come to class?"
    NO! I have consulted with many Veterinarians as well as Behaviorists and the 'best practice' thinking in the industry now is that early puppy socialization is critical to the proper development in puppies. This does NOT mean you should take your dog to the dog park, but does mean that during the socialization phase of puppy development (between 4 and 14 WEEKS) that puppies should be carefully exposed to as many new environments as possible including supervised play with other puppies of similar age, size and play style. The best independent reference on this topic is from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, who state, "The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest Veterinarians specializing in behavior recommend that owners take advantage of every safe opportunity to expose young puppies to the great variety of stimuli that they will experience in their lives. Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized. without causing over- stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. "
  • When does your next session of __________ class begin?
    Many of my classes are rolling admission classes. This means that if there is room in the class you may begin as soon as you'd like. Most classes have maximum class size is 6. For classes that are not rolling admission (Level 1 and Electives) the next available start date is listed on the class page, located on the Classes and Services page. When you look at the schedule look for classes that are GREEN, those are available START DATES. BTW - you only need to sign up for your start date, the system will automatically fill in the rest of your classes and send you a Welcome Email with your class schedule, payment options and information on what to bring to class.
  • What will I need for class?
    We utilize only positive methods for training at Proper Paws, so no special equipment is required. Here is what we recommend you bring. - Lot's of good yummy treats and/or the dog's kibble. - A bag, pocket, fanny pack or bait bag to make those treats easy to get to. - A plain collar and 6 foot leash or comfort harness (please, no extendable leashes or prong, choke or ecollars) - A towel or other portable mat for your dog to learn stationing excersize.
  • What classes do you offer and how do I register?
    My class listings and registration link are listed on my 'services' pages, just scroll down until you get to the group classes heading. https://www.properpaws.biz/services
  • Do you offer classes on evenings or weekends?
    Most of our classes are held Monday - Thursday between 9:30am and 3:30pm, occasionally we do offer an evening class taught by one of my colleagues.
  • My puppy is over 6 months but hasn't had any formal training, what class should I sign up for?"
    For dogs over 6 months of age, with no prior training, we have the Level 1 - Beginner Obedience class. If your dog has difficulty in new situations, around other dogs or people, I recommend private lessons, while I no longer offer this option there are many qualified trainers in our area. Please check the Associate for Professional Dog Trainers, www.APDT.com for Certified Trainers near you. If your dog is having behavioral issues (barking/lunging, fearfulness, aggression, separation issues) I would recommend the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. www.IAABC.org These trainers specialize in behavior modification and working with dogs that have more complex training needs.
  • I have an older rescue puppy/dog, what class is right for them?"
    For newly rescued dogs over 6 moths of age, I recommend private lessons, and while I no longer offer this option there are many qualified trainers in our area. Please check the Associate for Professional Dog Trainers, www.APDT.com for Certified Trainers near you. If your dog is having behavioral issues (barking/lunging, fearfulness, aggression, separation issues) I would recommend the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. www.IAABC.org These trainers specialize in behavior modification and working with dogs that have more complex training needs.
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