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Choosing the Right Puppy Class

Early socialization and training are essential for setting your new puppy up for success. It can be overwhelming for new dog owners to choose the right class with all of the options out there.

Merely taking your pup to the dog park isn’t enough to properly socialize them — an uncontrolled environment can often lead to bad experiences and can expose your puppy to harmful illnesses! It’s essential to manage their experiences during the critical socialization window known as the imprint period. You want to make sure that your puppy learns how to interact appropriately with dogs and people, and group classes provide a great environment to do this. Classes are also a perfect place to practice necessary training skills around distractions.

Get help socializing your puppy during COVID-19 in our Puppy Essentials Socialization Foundations Workshop.

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Topics: Dog Trainers, Puppy Training, Socialization, Puppy classes

The Difference Between Clicker Trainers and Trainers Who Just Use Clickers

Clicker trainers use a clicker to shape a behavior – that is to say, they use the clicker to help and encourage a dog to work his own way through a behavior to the desired effect. This makes the dog responsible for his own learning. Other trainers use the clicker, but they do a lot of luring – using food or another object that the dog will follow to “walk” the dog through the behavior to the desired effect, thereby removing the need or incentive for the dog to fully engage their brain and work through the behavior themself – and just use the clicker to mark the behavior.

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Topics: Dog Training, Well-behaved Dogs, Shaping Behavior, Behavior & Training, Clicker Training, Dog Trainers, Dogs, Clickers

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