Considering A Puppy or New Pet?

Knowing what you are looking for in your new family member before you take one home increases your chance of success and a “good fit”. Jacqueline’s knowledge and experience can guide you to your best choice, and therefore your best chance of success. When choosing the appropriate pet for your family it is critical to consider your family and lifestyle. Your environment at home and out in the real world should be considered when choosing your next family member. Does your exercise routine include outside exercise daily (walking, jogging, hiking)? Would a cat or kitten be a better option, or possibly another pet? Do you and/or your family travel for work or vacation? Would your pet be able to go with you, or would there be someone home to care for them? Are there young children in the home, or will there be soon? Would your current pets be amiable to having another animal join their “pack”? Grooming and veterinary care should also be considered when choosing your new family member. 

Considering A Puppy ↓

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The first question you need to ask yourself if you are considering adopting a puppy is:

Am I willing to put in all the work required to train a puppy?

The second question is: Am I going to be able to potty/house train my new puppy?

General training of basic obedience behaviors can begin the first day your puppy comes home.  Yes, really, your 8 week old dog can already learn to respond to you and his/her name.  Proper training tools are necessary for your puppy to effectively learn appropriate behavior. Fearful training tools and techniques make for fearful puppies and dogs.  We will show you the tools and techniques that make training easier and less stressful for you and your dog.

We give you space management techniques to best manage your new pet in their new environment. Baby gates and crates are wonderful tools in the space management of your new puppy.  Crate training is the easiest and most effective way of potty training and keeping your new puppy from getting into trouble. Trouble such as eating the couch is annoying to you, but can be deadly for him or her. Surgery to remove objects that puppies have eaten is not uncommon when dogs are given free rein of your home.

Services we offer:

Bring Home Your Puppy WITH Your Trainer: Walking you and your new puppy into your home the first day starts you off on the right foot.  From the moment you walk in the door and begin your life together we will be there to guide you.

Basic Evaluation – Help You Pick Your New Puppy:  Picking a puppy from a litter or shelter can be overwhelming.

How do I know which puppy is the most likely to be the best for me and/or my family?

Discussing your lifestyle, and experience with dogs and/or puppies with us will help us pick the best choice for you.

Pre Adoption Consulting:

Puppy Proofing Your Home

Shopping for your new puppies upcoming needs

Potty training can make or break your new relationship with your new puppy.  Our potty training plan sets you and your dog up for success.

Socialization – People and Dogs: Socializing your puppy to people, dogs, and other animals is the most important thing you can do for your puppy.  Many dogs that end up in the shelter or rescue do so because they were not properly socialized during the critical young period in their lives. Socialization includes dog to dog play and interactions, and learning what is appropriate and not appropriate dog behavior, and desensitization of weird sights and sounds. 

Confidence Building:  Confident dogs learn positive behaviors and interact well with others.  Fear and fear aggression are caused by dogs lacking confidence.

Introductions – New Pets and/or Persons to Your Home:  If you have another dog, pet, or new person to introduce, we will make sure that goes as smoothly as possible and give you a plan to ensure your best chance of success for these relationships. Introducing your puppy to find the stairs to get out of your pool gives them the confidence, should they fall in unexpectedly, to be calm and swim to safety.

Behavior Modification for unwanted behaviors they may already have learned before their arrival. The sooner you address an unwanted behavior, the easier it will be to correct the behavior.  Mouthing and nipping are not appropriate play skills, and puppies have to learn that we are not their litter mates and what are appropriate ways of getting our attention.

Beginning Obedience & Continued Education:  Starting your Beginning Obedience Class as soon as possible will strengthen your communication and bond.  Let us help you communicate with your puppy before you become frustrated. We have continuing classes to build confidence, learn tricks, AKC – Canine Good Citizen Classes and Testing and agility to further your bond. The more you do together, the stronger the bond.  It is always good to continue training. Training helps your dog remember all you have taught them, and it’s fun to learn new tricks/behaviors.

Our goal is to promote human and dog bonding, confidence building, and better communication between you and your puppy. Everyone needs a resource for those times when you encounter undesirable behavior and don’t know how to address it, or need some clarification  We will guide you through the process of bringing them into your family and home and continue with training.

Services we offer:

Bring Home Your Dog WITH Your Trainer – We literally walk into your house with you and your new dog the day they come home.

Introductions – New Pets and/or Persons to Your Home: If you have another dog, pet, or new person to introduce, we will make sure that goes as smoothly as possible and give you a plan to ensure your best chance of success for these relationships.

Pre Adoption Consulting: What type of dog or pet is right for me? Puppy proofing your home and shopping for your new dogs/pets’ upcoming needs before your dog or other pet arrives, makes them more comfortable in their new environment.

Basic Evaluation – Help You Pick Your New Dog

Behavior Modification for unwanted behaviors they may already have learned before their arrival.

Socialization – People and Dogs: Socializing your puppy to people, dogs, and other animals is the most important thing you can do for your puppy! Most dogs that end up in the shelter or rescue do so because they were not properly socialized during the critical period in their young lives.

Beginning Obedience & Continued Education: Starting your Beginning Obedience Class as soon as possible will strengthen your communication and bond. Let us help you communicate with your new pet before you become frustrated. We have continuing classes to build confidence, learn tricks, AKC – Canine Good Citizen Classes and Testing and agility to further your bond.

Whether you are looking to adopt a dog, cat, bird, reptile or rodent, Jacqueline will guide you through the process of picking the best choice for you.