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Socialization & Training for Puppies 9-14 weeks of age

Avoid future behavior problems - fear, shyness, reactivity, aggression - that come from NOT properly & safely exposing your puppy to new people, places & things by the time puppy is 12 weeks old.

Read what the experts say

Did you know puppies that do NOT get proper exposure to new people, places and things BEFORE 12-14 weeks of age are at great risk of struggling with future emotional and behavior problems, such as fear, shyness, reactivity, aggression, and chronic anxiety?

But my puppy isn't fully vaccinated! Won't my puppy catch a disease?

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Today's veterinary community agrees that the risk of disease when a puppy has just ONE parvovirus and distemper vaccine is minuscule, while the risk of behavior problems for dogs that miss out on exposure is substantial.

What's different about PuppySMART?

  • Inspired by many years spent working with dogs that struggle with behavior problems, Certified Canine Behavior Consultant Ann King created PuppySMART as a behavior prevention program. 

  • PuppySMART takes advantage of the critical developmental period when a puppy’s brain is naturally wired to accept new things (8-14 weeks). Owners learn how to properly support the continued emotional development of their puppies after this period, too. 

  • PuppySMART's unique curriculum helps your puppy naturally learn to expect the unexpected. This results in a dog that can manage its emotions, which ultimately drives its behavior.

  • PuppySMART focuses on typical puppy “problems” like potty training, biting & mouthing, and barking, and teaches owners how to prevent bigger "red flag behavior" problems like resource guarding (possession aggression) and separation anxiety.

  • Owners learn age-appropriate physical and mental enrichment, and training activities that can be continued throughout their puppy’s life.

  • Owners learn hands-on exercises designed to prevent behaviors such as leash reactivity, stranger danger, possession guarding, body handling issues (vet and groomer problems), extreme fear, or chronic anxiety later in life

  • The SMART framework - Structure, Management, Activity, Red flags, Training - is a holistic approach that addresses all aspects of a dog’s life: physical, social, environmental, and bridging the communication gap between our two species.

  • In addition to the science-based and vet-approved curriculum, PuppySMART’s open enrollment format means 7 days after your puppy’s FIRST parvo/distemper vaccine, and a negative fecal test, you can start. No waiting! 

How does the program work?

PuppySMART is a 6-module course designed to take advantage of your puppy’s key developmental stages up to about 14 weeks of age. 

 

Select from the following program options:

  • Once-per-week class - recommended for puppies that start the program at 9 weeks. Owners may be able to purchase additional modules if desired and attend a second day during the week if space is available.

  • Twice-per-week class (Immersion Program) - recommended for all puppies, but particularly for puppies starting the program later than 9 weeks. We strongly urge puppies 11 weeks and older to enroll in the Immersion Program in order to get in as many socialization opportunities as possible before puppy's critical developmental period ends.

  • Your puppy’s age when you start determines how many modules you purchase. See Modules & Fees.

  • When viewing the class Calendar, disregard Module # - this is for instructors. The open-enrollment format allows you to start on any Module.

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Program Highlights

  • Binder with step-by-step instructions for socialization and training exercises for you to practice at home

  • Free Treat Bag for training

  • Puppy Play Groups & Dog Body Language

  • Exposure to equipment typically found at the vet or groomer

  • Problem solving (housebreaking, mouthing/biting, etc.)

  • Body handling

  • Prevention of Separation Anxiety & Possession Aggression

  • Safety for puppies & children

  • Introduction to basic obedience behaviors

  • Exposure to all kinds of weird & wacky textures, sights, sounds, smells that help puppy learn to expect the unexpected.

Ready to help your puppy become a great dog?

1. Review Policies

Important info about health & safety requirements, and general policies.

2. Review Modules & Fees

  • Your puppy's age when you start will determine the number of modules to purchase.

  • Pick your program (Once-a-Week or Immersion Program)

  • Once-a-Week students will select the day of the week that works for your schedule (Tuesday or Sunday)*. 

  • Immersion Program Students will attend class both days*.

  • *If none of these days works for you, email us your preferred day/time and if we get enough interest we'll add a class.

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3. Check the calendar

  • Once-a-Week students will select the day of the week that works for your schedule (Tuesday or Sunday)*. 

  • Immersion Program Students will attend class both days*.

  • *If none of these days works for you, email us your preferred day/time and if we get enough interest we'll add a class.

  • Disregard Module # - this is for instructors.

  • The open-enrollment format means you can start on any Module.

4. Register

  • Fill out the form and make your payment (you can still use PayPal with a debit or credit card even if you don't have a PayPal account).

  • You'll receive a confirmation email with instructions to provide proof of puppy's age, vaccines, and negative fecal test, waiver, and a link to the Orientation Video.

We look forward to meeting you and your puppy!

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