There is more to being a puppy parent than snuggles and love. You have to put in the hard work of raising your puppy to be a member of your family and a functioning member of society. If you are looking for puppy training in Boise, look no further than All Dogs Unleashed.
Just as you wouldn’t sign a baby up for kindergarten, you also should not start a puppy in obedience school until they are developmentally ready. Generally, a puppy can start obedience school at 6 months of age, but don’t worry… there is plenty you can do to start your pup on the training path before then.
Start with simple commands
You can expect your puppy to be able to learn simple tasks such as ‘stay,’ ‘sit,’ and ‘down’ as young as 2 months old. Starting early helps your dog get prepared for his official puppy training. Your at home training will create a foundation for the animal’s behavior that he will be able to build on during obedience training.
Puppy Day Care
Take advantage of the puppy day care program offered by All Dogs Unleashed, especially if you have to leave your puppy alone for long periods of time during the day. Our day care offering allows your pup to meet and socialize with other dogs and people, while getting to know the facility where they will potentially begin their training in a few short weeks or months. Allowing them to become acclimated to the location before their training begins sets your dog up for success in the training program. Your dog will learn behavioral expectations by interacting with people and other dogs that have already been through the training.
The benefits of puppy day care are wide-ranging. Along with socialization, your dog will get abundant exercise, playtime and walks in both our indoor and outdoor areas. Doggy day care is a great way to treat your dog while you’re training him at the same time.
Taking your puppy for regular grooming early on helps get him used to being handled by someone other than you. It also becomes just another trip to All Dogs Unleashed and your dog will look forward to the trip. Plus you will get the bonus of having a soft, clean, huggable puppy without having to put in all the work involved in grooming.
If you’re planning a getaway to a location that doesn’t allow you to bring your furry friend along, don’t risk leaving him with people he’s not used to. By taking advantage of our affordable boarding program you will get the added bonus of helping to teach your dog how he is expected to behave when you’re away for more than a few hours.
Keep up with vaccinations and spaying/neutering
After 7 months of age, dogs will not be accepted at our facility (and most others) without these credentials, so be sure to take your dog for regular checkups and keep up with the veterinarian’s prescribed vaccination schedule.
By following all of these practices, you will help prepare your pooch for his eventual enrollment in the All Dogs Unleashed obedience school. If you choose to take advantage of our Board and Train offering, you can rest assured that your puppy will be well taken care of during the two-week program. Everything you could wish for in an obedience school will be covered including house training, chewing, jumping, digging, biting, barking, and much more! Best of all is our follow-through; when it comes time to take your puppy home, we will spend ample quality time teaching you how to successfully continue with the training methods at home.
It may be difficult to know when your puppy is ready to leave the nest for obedience school, but with a little help along the way you can make sure that when the time comes, he’s a star pupil.