FOR NEW PUPPIES
Puppies 8-14 weeks
A combination of in-home lessons and socialization field trips to give your puppy the best chance in his or her new life with you. Get help preparing for your puppy's homecoming or start lessons during your puppy's first week with you. From there, we'll schedule safe socialization outings so you can learn how to do socialization right, without putting your puppy's health at risk, while learning how to prevent common problems many puppy owners make. Follow-up with an additional field trip or in-home lesson.
Pricing for 3 lessons $495.00
As of 5/1/31, 4Paws University no longer offers puppy classes,
as we feel puppies and their owners
are better served by individual lessons that directly address the unique needs of every individual.
Many new puppy owners know that socialization is important, but not how to do it correctly. These articles give sound advice on how to make socialization a positive experience for everyone.
It is a violation of California law
8 weeks of age. Puppies removed from the litter too soon are at significant risk of developing behavior problems around dogs and humans. Developmental Stages & Socialization. If your puppy's breeder/rescue is trying to send your puppy home early, say NO. Insist that your puppy remain with the litter and mother until 8 weeks of age.
Vaccinations vs. Socialization
You were told your puppy shouldn't go anywhere until fully vaccinated. Is that right?
Socialization: Beyond the Dog Park
Dog parks are great...for some dogs.
Teaching Your Puppy to Like and Respect People
One bad experience can have a dramatic impact on your puppy's personality.
Do you hear yourself saying one of these excuses for not socializing your puppy?
RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR NEW PUPPY OWNERS:
PUPPY PRIMER, 2ND EDITION - Patricia McConnell
Trainer favorite! Engaging, humorous and easy to follow, the updated Puppy Primer is packed with positive reinforcement tips and tricks, special topics and more. This updated and expanded version of our best-selling Puppy Primer is used by thousands of trainers across the U.S. New dog owners love it because it provides clear and concise information that makes training effective and fun. It's tone is upbeat and encouraging, yet it is chock full of even more useful information that every puppy owner needs.
PERFECT PUPPY IN 7 DAYS - Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
With 176 pages and over 400 photos, Dr. Yin explains why puppies do what they do, how even minor modifications in their environment and your inter-actions can dramatically affect their behavior, and how quickly they can learn when you set them up for success. This visual guide provides readers with a step-by-step plan for bonding with their pup, learning to communicate clearly, and providing the pup with essential life skills.
NOTE: No puppy is perfect in 7 days! However, this will give puppy owners a quick grasp of the many challenges that come with raising a puppy.
JUVENILE DELINQUENT DOGS - Sue Brown
You love your dog, and he does behave well some of the time. But at times your patience and sanity are put to the test! Your dog is not a bad dog, but he can behave like a juvenile delinquent at times. While we think of juvenile delinquents as adolescents or teenagers, juvenile delinquent dogs can be any age: puppies, adolescents, adults and sometimes even seniors. This book is probably the most complete manual on the market today on dealing with problem behaviors and more importantly, how to avoid them in the first place. Whether your dog is an adolescent or just an adolescent at heart, this book is for you.
||THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH - Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
When humans communicate with dogs, a lot can get lost in the translation. Focusing on human behavior, Dr. McConnell teaches readers how to retrain themselves to speak consistently in a language dogs understand and avoid sending conflicting and confusing messages.
4Paws University highly recommends this entertaining book to anyone wanting a better understanding of their dog!