The power of puppy training

Why puppies need training

Puppies come to us with strong instincts, and no understanding of how human society works: They explore the world, including people and their possessions, by mouthing, biting, and chewing. When they meet people they love, they jump up to get closer to their faces. They relieve themselves anywhere but in their sleeping quarters, even on our rugs. On walks, they teach themselves to pull to the park like miniature sled dogs.

It is easy to say that puppies do these things, and to wait for them to outgrow the poor behavior, but age alone won’t civilize young puppies: they need our help.

How to train your puppy

Fortunately, young puppies are excellent learners—just as long as the training methods are positive and scientifically sound. The Puppy Project will use cutting-edge methods to teach your puppy how to behave in the world of people: He or she will learn to chew on approved toys only. Keep all four paws on the floor when greeting people. Consider your entire house the den that needs to be kept clean. Walk on a loose leash. Come, sit, and settle down when told. In the process, we’ll help your puppy mature into a delightful dog.

Why puppies need socialization

Dogs worry about changes in their environment that they haven’t experienced before: Loud noises. Flashing lights. Dogs of unusual shapes and sizes. Barn animals. People wearing sunglasses or carrying packages. Any of these can lead to an unprepared dog knocking you over as he tries to run away, embarrassing you by barking his head off, or getting into even more serious trouble by snapping or biting.

Vaccinate your puppy against behavioral problems

Between 3 and 12 weeks, puppies are uniquely open to new experiences. Whatever they encounter and enjoy during this time, they will accept as normal once grown. The Puppy Project will engineer happy new experiences for your puppy while he or she is the most receptive to learn from them, and will prime your puppy to grow into a calm, confident dog.