Puppies, Puppies, Puppies!!
Albuquerque's puppy headquarters!
HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU PUP
If you’re like most of our clients, you want a social, confident, obedient and well-rounded canine pal. The key to that is…. start now with your young puppy! Most of the behavior problems we see in adult dogs could have been easily prevented by adequate socialization, exposure, and training when the dog was a puppy. Part of Arie’s Dogland’s entire goal and vision is to help properly train and socialize more “generations” of Albuquerque puppies to become social, patient, well-behaved citizens. Here are just some of the areas we can help you with, regarding your new puppy
"The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life...
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... While puppies' immune systems are still developing during these early months... appropriate care makes the risk of infection relatively small compared to the chance of death (likely from euthanasia) from a behavior problem." - The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
The socialization aspect of a puppy’s life is likely the single most important part of everything to consider. Most puppies simply do not get anywhere near the amount of proper socialization (mainly with other dogs) as they should, early on, and this results in the very difficult and off-putting behavior problems such as dog aggression, reactivity, and extreme over-excitement around new dogs as the puppy grows into an adult.
The critical socialization window of a puppy is only between around the age of six to sixteen weeks; during this time, everything the puppy experiences (especially including enough play and interactions with other dogs and puppies), and including everything the puppy does not experience, will strongly affect the puppy’s behavior and overall outlook on life. One of the most common behavior problems we see clients for private sessions is for dog aggression/reactivity; usually this is because the dog was not properly socialized in this very early age to enough new dogs, or the exposure to other dogs was stressful or fearful for the puppy. Our training classes, puppy playgroup, and overall support and advocacy at Arie’s Dogland is partly for this reason specifically; we are here to help puppies grow up to be happy, well-adjusted, and truly social members of society.
While this can mean many different things regarding dogs depending on who you ask, we typically use “exposure” to mean properly exposing your puppy to everything possible while the puppy is still very young, in order to acclimate the puppy to everything he or she will need to be used to later on in life as a well-mannered canine citizen. This includes everything such as going new places, meeting new people and animals, walking on new surfaces, hearing new sounds (including things such as grooming equipment), trying new things, being handled for veterinary care, and more. We at Arie’s Dogland are huge advocates for proper socialization and exposure at a young age, and will be your guide for your puppy’s journey.
Adequate exercise is a hugely important aspect of having a well-behaved dog. With puppies, a lot of (if not most of) that exercise comes from play. In our classes and private sessions we discuss some further exercise ideas, but mainly, we recommend our puppy playgroup for safe and exhausting fun for puppies. Besides the crucial importance of socialization and exposure that our playgroup offers, most of our clients utilize our playgroup for a safe way to properly wear out their active pup.
Obedience training, ironically enough, is usually the easiest aspect of the above mentioned parts of having a well-trained dog. While patience and impulse control are usually the biggest and most helpful things a puppy can learn, the “sit, stay, and come” types of commands are very simple to teach for most puppies. However, they are still important, and we’ll guide you through the basics of teaching your puppy to sit, leave it, stay, lay down, come, and how to walk nicely on leash (which requires the most patience on both ends of the leash!).
Puppy Jump-Start Package
For all of you who might have gotten a puppy recently… we now have a package just for you! Introducing the Puppy Jump-Start Package!! Email us to schedule the "intro" for your puppy (you'll need his/her shots/fecal exam results), and we'll take it from there! This is for puppies under the age of five months, but the younger the better!
This package is $280 + tax and is valued over $320!
It includes the following:
PuppyPlus Obedience Class (1 hour each week for 7 weeks)
1 hour Private In-Home Session with Arie
1 hour of Playgroup (daycare)
1 Half day of Playgroup (daycare, any four-hour period)
Puppy Socialization book by Caryl Wolff
Please keep in mind that an "intro" must be done with the puppy before we can sell this package, and the class and playgroup must be started before the dog is five months old.