Frequently Asked Questions...
Do you recommend Group or Private Lessons?
Group lessons with Rocky Mountain Dog Training are great for puppies who are up to date on vaccinations, and older dogs who are just in need of basic obedience work or fun activities.In some cases, a group may be challenging for a dog who has extreme difficulty working in any distractions. We do not allow aggressive dogs into our group training classes.
Private lessons are recommended for very young puppies who have no vaccination history or if their immune system is compromised, and for dogs who need work in areas that don't necessarily fall into basic obedience categories and who are in need of a behavior modification-type program. Private lessons are also appropriate for owners whose schedules are not static, or who are more focused in the comfort of a familiar or quiet place.
How long should I wait before enrolling my puppy in training?
Training begins the moment your puppy enters the world.Their most important socialization period begins right as the dog joins your family at 8-10 weeks. Puppies are very impressionable and its important to remember that with every interaction you have with your puppy you are shaping its behavior for life. We offer one-time sessions for prospective owners who want a leg up BEFORE the new pup comes home. We also offer puppy packages that can begin the week your pup joins the household. We will cover potty training, crate training, proper socialization with other dogs and humans, bite inhibition (teaching your dog to have a soft mouth), chewtoy training, appropriate handling and gentling and an introduction to basic obedience. It's important to note that dogs are constantly learning. Through every action, you are teaching your puppy something. Get started now to learn out how to effectively help your pup develop into a great dog!
We're not quite ready to join a group class, do you have any tips for raising a puppy before we enter into training?
Yes! There are three urgent deadlines you will need to meet when raising a puppy.
- First, it is of the utmost importance to teach your puppy bite inhibition before the dog is 4.5 months. After this crucial period, teaching this skill becomes very difficult and sometimes impossible. Puppies rarely do significant damage when their jaws are still weak, but an adult dog should never bite hard under any circumstance.
- Second, it is important to properly socialize your dog to all sorts of people. A good rule of thumb is to introduce your puppy to at least 100 individuals(men, children, women) by the time the puppy is 4.5 months of age. Choose a variety of folks, from men with beards and hats, to women wearing glasses and walking with a cane. The more varied the exposure, the better off your dog will be in the long run. Puppies generally seem to be more shy around men and boys, so take extra time to gradually introduce your dogs to these people. Employ different handling skills with your puppy to achieve this. Rub the puppy's ears, look at its teeth, handle the paws and tail firmly but gently, and rub the puppy all over. Give the puppy treats throughout the exercise to ensure that this is an enjoyable experience. On that note, choose your participants wisely and give each person detailed instructions!
- Last, its important for your puppy to continue on obtaining the social skills it was learning when it was still with the litter. You can safely acheive this by allowing your puppy to interact with other puppies in a puppy socialization class, or by throwing your own little puppy party. It's unsafe to bring a young puppy to the dog park, and can potentially ruin your dog's temperament to other dogs for life. Adult dogs aren't always as forgiving to nagging and nipping puppies, and one attack by an adult dog on a puppy, even if no major physical damage is done can spell disaster.
What would you recommend I do for my dog who is seemingly aggressive or reactive to strangers or other dogs? What about other behaviors like separation anxiety or nuisance barking?
Its really important to complete a thorough evaluation with a professional before partaking in any type of behavior modification. Using the wrong method can spell disaster for you and your dog and can actually make things much worse. Rocky Mountain Dog Training offers evaluations prior to sign-up for these types of cases.