Puppy Training

Aaron Rice Expert Dog Trainer
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The Preschool Puppy Dog Training

Learning is, by definition, a cognitive process that leads to modifying an individual’s behavior under the influence of experiences, increasing the adaptation to the environment. Puppies learn throughout their lives, even in the mother’s womb. Their brain is bombarded with various stimuli that affect our doggy toddler’s further behavior.

Congratulations! You are now a happy owner of a puppy, ready to pamper them with unconditional love and affection. But before we begin teaching them tricks worthy of a magician, we need to start from the beginning - the fundamentals of puppy training - so we can mold a healthy relationship with our new companion for years to come. Socializing our puppies should begin in the early stages of their lives. Little dogs aged 2-5 months are starting to get used to proper functioning in the world, and there is a critical period of their development for adequate socializing. Other people, unfamiliar dogs, bikes, cars, and noise - all this can effectively stress an adult dog, let alone a puppy. Early puppy training is a great way to raise an obedient and confident dog that will not cause problems in the future. Our Preschool Puppy Training Program is tailored to each family and puppy’s needs and can begin as early as 12 weeks of age. Our training includes:

  • Scheduled and effective potty training
  • Scheduled feeding
  • Obedience training - a fundamental part of puppy discipline
  • Critical socialization to help your puppy adapt
  • Problem-solving education


  • The developmental stages of a young dog and related problems;
  • Discussion of the socialization process;
  • Ways to modify undesirable behaviors.

Learning & Commands:

  • Focusing their attention on the owner/s
  • Building motivation to work with people
  • Sit: stay in position and wait
  • Down: stay in position and wait
  • Recall: summoning your dog to come when called upon
  • Preventing/stopping undesirable behavior
  • Loose-leash walking next to you
  • Off-leash freedom
  • Responding to hand signal commands
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training


  • Calmly welcoming a person or other animals
  • Tolerating and behaving around other people, including children
  • Withstanding grooming treatments
  • Letting go of items and food
  • Learning to do ‘nothing’ (relax)
  • Challenging: learning about different types of surfaces, working on unstable ground, dealing with sudden sounds and movements
  • Prevention of anxiety and aggressive behavior

Your puppy will stop:

  • Leash-pulling
  • Chewing and/or digging
  • Jumping on people and things
  • Running away and/or dashing out of the door
  • Stealing and/or guarding food/things
  • Scratching surfaces (doors, windows)
  • Barking Whuncontrollably
  • Nipping/biting
  • Going potty indoors
  • Ignoring your commands
  • Whining day and night to get your attention
  • Feeling anxious, nervous, shy, or fearful

If you are ready to take your dog to the next level, do not hesitate to contact us for a FREE assessment where together we can discuss behaviors you want to eliminate and all the concerns you may have regarding your dog.