Positive Training Books
- Puppy Socialization, An Insider’s Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness, by Caryl Wolff
- Train Your Dog Positively, by Victoria Stilwell
- The Puppy Whisperer, A Compassionate, Nonviolent Guide to Early Training and Care, by Paul Owens and Terence Cranendonk
- Don’t Shoot The Dog!, by Karen Pryor
- Inside of a Dog, What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, by Alexandra Horowitz
For some people, potty and crate training a puppy sounds like the last thing they want to do. If this is you, then Transition Training might be right for you. Transition training takes about 4 weeks and it exposes your puppy to tons of socialization, gets them about 90% potty trained, and completes the crate training process. Your puppy will learn about 15-20 commands, including sit, stay, place, and crate. Your puppy will learn how to act in public places and have exposure to all sorts of people, places, and things. This is the foundational training for service/therapy dogs. The cost of this service is $300/week and includes all of the hard work listed above, as well as a bag of your puppy's favorite treats and toys, a cozy little blanket, and other tools to help transition your puppy into their forever home. While your puppy is being trained, you can also expect lots of pictures and videos to keep you updated on their progress.
Please let me know if this is something you'd be interested in. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have and to let you know what the next steps would be.
Online Dog Training
If you are looking for an at-home, online option for your dog training, we highly recommend Baxter & Bella Online Training School. They offer a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP which has a multitude of resources to fit whatever your needs are. You can even schedule private training sessions with one of their trainers if you and your pup get stuck on a specific issue at no extra charge. One of the benefits of this is that you can actually begin educating yourself and getting ready for your pup before they come home...this way, you can hit the ground running. They have all the information you need to make the transition as smooth as possible, and because it’s online, there’s no need to worry about vaccinations being complete before beginning. They are amazing!! By using the code EVERHARD, you can get breeder pricing for this membership...originally $238...you will get 25% off, bringing your lifelong training cost down to $178! Check out their website for more information! https://www.baxterandbella.com/learn-more
In-Person Dog Training
If you’re looking for something in person and close to home, simply find an obedience school in your area offering puppy classes and get signed up. You will have to wait until their vaccinations are completed before beginning in-person puppy school, so you’ll definitely want to consult one (or more) of the books listed above to get yourself started beforehand.