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Puppy training got you down?

Training a puppy can be hard work —
Puppy Essentials online workshops can help!

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Get help from a certified dog trainer in our LIVE virtual workshops:

Socialization Foundations

Puppy Potty Training

Crate Training

Puppy Nipping and Biting

All About Barking (for dogs of all ages)

 

Each Puppy Essentials online workshop includes:

✔️Personalized feedback from a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant
✔️In-depth how-to's and problem solving
✔️Discussion and Q&A
✔️Connection with fellow puppy owners
✔️Follow-up resources to help make your puppy training successful

 

Get your questions answered by a dog trainer for only $29 per workshop!

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Puppy Essentials: Socialization Foundations

Are you worried about properly socializing your puppy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Is your puppy still waiting for vaccinations before being able to go out into the big wide world? There's still lots you can do to provide essential socialization and proactive exposure for your puppy.

Proper socialization during your puppy's imprint period (between roughly 7 to 16 weeks of age) is a MUST, but we understand how hard it can be right now. This workshop will walk you through important socialization exercises to help your puppy grow up to be a well-adjusted and well-behaved adult dog. You'll get tips and tricks to recreate different experiences at home, and learn how to safely expose your puppy to the world. Each workshop will be tailored to the lifestyle and needs of each registrant, based on a pre-workshop questionnaire.

Topics include:
  • How to socialize your puppy effectively from a distance
  • Are puppy play groups safe and right for your dog?
  • Beyond meeting people and dogs: The forgotten steps of socialization
  • What to do if your puppy missed early socialization
  • How to tell if your puppy is stressed or fearful, and what to do
  • 100 Things in 100 Days: Proactive Exposure Checklist for Your Puppy

Potty Training

Puppy Essentials: Potty Training

If you're struggling with how to house train your puppy and are looking for potty training help, our Puppy Essentials: Potty Training workshop is for you! This 60-minute online session will give you practical tips you can use right away and answer the questions you submit prior to the workshop. Our dog trainer will help you troubleshoot your potty training problems. Each workshop will be tailored to the issues that are most important to registrants based on a pre-workshop questionnaire.

Topics include:

  • How long does potty training take?
  • How do you potty train your puppy when you live in an apartment?
  • Does bell training work for house training?
  • How do you potty train your puppy at night?
  • Should you use pee pads with your puppy?
  • How do you set up a successful potty training schedule?

"I attended the training session to help curb the multiple accidents a day in the home and learn a few tips and tricks along the way. In less than a week post-training, my puppy had not had an accident in the house and it’s been three weeks since he has had a house potty accident. One of the best tools I learned was having him ring a bell attached to the door knob at the back door. It worked like a charm and I now know when he needs to go out! Great training and a great value!"

Seth

Crate Training

Puppy Essentials: Crate Training

Crate training your puppy can be really difficult, but is important for many reasons! In our Puppy Essentials: Crate Training workshop, you'll learn ways to help your puppy love their crate, how to build-up the time they spend in their crate, and how to help them sleep through the night in their crate. Each 60-minute online session will give you practical tips you can use right away and answer your questions. Each workshop will be tailored to the issues that are most important to registrants using a pre-workshop questionnaire.

Topics include:

  • Why is crate training important?
  • Is crate training good or bad?
  • How do you crate train your puppy at night?
  • How long can crate training take?
  • How long can you leave puppy in their crate?
  • Where should your puppy's crate be?
  • How does crate training help with potty training?
  • Should you use a crate or a puppy play pen?
  • What should you do when your puppy is crying in their crate?

"I came away feeling like I have a solid grasp of fundamentals for crate training."

Doug

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Puppy Essentials: Nipping & Biting

Is your puppy doing their best impression of a land shark? It's important to get your puppy started on the right paw to prevent nipping and biting from becoming a lifelong habit. This workshop will teach you proactive techniques for teaching your puppy bite inhibition, what to do when they nip at you, and how to help them through the puppy teething phase. Each workshop will be tailored to the issues that are most important to registrants using a pre-workshop questionnaire.

Topics include:

  • How long does puppy teething last?
  • How to get a puppy to stop biting
  • Is your puppy's nipping normal or a sign of aggression?
  • How to teach your puppy to Leave It
  • How to teach your puppy to Drop It
  • Dog trainer recommendations for teething toys and chews

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Puppy Essentials: All About Barking

Is your dog's barking driving you crazy? While barking is a natural dog behavior, it can easily become a nuisance — especially if you live in an apartment or have nearby neighbors. In this workshop, you'll learn about the different types of barking, how to prevent barking, and how to teach your dog to be quiet when asked. We'll talk about alert barking, demand barking, and what it means when your dog is barking at people or other dogs while on leash. You'll learn whether your dog's barking might be a sign of canine separation anxiety. Each workshop will be tailored to the issues that are most important to registrants using a pre-workshop questionnaire.

"Puppies" of all ages are welcome in this workshop!


Topics include:

  • Reasons why dogs bark
  • How to teach your dog the speak and quiet cue
  • What to do when your dog barks at others while on leash
  • Is your dog's barking a sign of separation anxiety?

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Workshop Format

Each 60-minute live online puppy training workshop is a small-group format, providing you with a semi-private training session focused the specific puppyhood behaviors you're dealing with. We'll send you a questionnaire before your workshop to make sure your training issues are addressed and the dog trainer has more information about your puppy and situation. You'll receive:

✔️Personalized feedback from a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant
✔️In-depth how-to's and problem solving
✔️Discussion and Q&A
✔️Connection with fellow puppy owners
✔️Follow-up resources to help make your puppy training successful

A great value at only $29 per workshop!

 

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"Milo continues to have his puppy meltdowns - once in AM and once in PM. We are continuing with the redirecting techniques you described and have had considerable improvement. We will need to continue to use his crate when his nipping is not able to be redirected and we can noticeably tell he is way overstimulated. 

Having the Yappy Hour program was such a relief! It was an opportunity to identify with other puppy parents and not feel all alone during isolation. We are grateful that we have this knowledge to help us better cope with the trying times."

Christine C.

About the Instructor

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Cathy Madson
MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP

 

Cathy Madson became a certified dog trainer in 2008, but she likes to think that her career began when she was six years old and a stray wandered into her yard and became her first dog companion.

She completed her CPDT-KA certification in 2017 and her CBCC-KA certification in 2019. Cathy is a Fear Free Certified Certified Professional, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and a training professional member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG). She's also a member of the Dog Writer's Association of America.

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Cathy loves to geek out at dog behavior and training conferences. As Preventive Vet's dog trainer on staff, Cathy focuses on helping humans and their pets build a strong relationship based on trust, clear communication, and the use of positive reinforcement training methods. Her specialties include canine separation anxiety, leash reactivity, and dog aggression. When she's not working, you can usually find her paddle boarding or knitting yet another dog sweater for Sookie, her Welsh Cardigan Corgi.

Not ready to sign up for a Puppy Essentials workshop?

Join us for our FREE monthly Yappy Hour! These 60-minute large-group Q&A sessions are hosted by a certified dog trainer and typically focus on a single common dog training or behavior issue. Sign up to be notified of our next Yappy Hour:

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