100 New Things!
Experts agree that puppies should be introduced to as many nice people, friendly dogs, and new experiences as possible while they're still in the formative first few months of age. Pups that are not socialized before three to four months of age tend to be nervous, shy or aggressive around other dogs or people later on. Therefore, the importance of socialization should not be overlooked. A good rule of thumb is to introduce your puppy to 100 new things in the first 100 days, starting the day you bring him home.
"One of the best ways to accustom your pup to social interactions with other dogs and people is to enroll it in a Puppy Preschool class or Dog Daycare", as quoted from Puppies USA, 2001-2002 issue. Here, at Paws-N-Play, puppies are accepted into preschool from 8 weeks to 6 months of age. Each puppy receives one-on-one, individual coaching using positive reinforcement and of course, unlimited love and affection. It is tailored to suit the requirements of your puppy. We closely supervise your puppy throughout the day and will work with you to reinforce any on-going training and help solve issues that might come up at home.
Often people will ask, "When is the best time to start training?" No matter what age you purchase/ adopt your puppy or dog, the answer is the same - THE FIRST DAY. This is already occurring because your new companion is watching you closely from that very first day and picking up all kinds of clues as to what is or is not accepted. For instance, is he allowed on the couch, does he get affection when he comes to you, are you upset when he gets into the trash?
You are already teaching him the rules of the house from the first time you bring him home. Years ago, they used to recommend waiting until a pup was 6 months or a year to start formal training. The problem with this is if you wait until then, the pup will develop undesirable habits such as jumping up on people. If the pup is taught positive behaviors from the beginning this is less likely to happen and the owner is prepared to stop a negative behavior quickly, before it becomes a real problem. As in the example of the dog jumping on people, if the dog is corrected the first time he does this, then it never becomes an issue. But if he is allowed to practice this for 6 months or a year, then it is an established habit and it takes many months of hard work and practice to stop him from doing this "previously accepted" behavior.
Our Puppy Preschool is a lifesaver for owners who work long hours away from home. Left alone all day, a young pup may get into a lot of mischief and be slow to potty train. At Puppy Preschool they are taken out frequently. The pups get plenty of exercise and socialization since they spend much of the day playing with each other. Owners of pups in daycare come home with a happy, but tired puppy and a house as clean as it was when they left. We're not sure who likes Puppy Preschool more, the Moms and Dads or the puppies!
Our Happy Customers
I recently became the proud parent of a retriever puppy. With my busy schedule, I don't have time to give him the attention and exercise he needs. Paws-N-Play has been a lifesaver for both of us. I don't feel right leaving him all day, and now I don't have to. Jojo looks forward to daycare, and can hardly wait to see all of his K-9 buddies. He's learning valuable social skills, and his training is progressing nicely. I am certain that daycare has helped make him the sweet and loving dog he is, thank you so much Paws-N-Play. -Jim Lucas
Ken and I want to thank you and your staff for the good care and training of our Muffin. She started out with you all when we first got her, she was about 9-10 weeks old. She was able to successfully continue potty training and learn the cutest commands to follow from you. I think the biggest learning was her disposition. She is a sweetheart. She learned how to play with other dogs and how to listen to adults. Plus she is not afraid of other adults. I have never had such a sweet, responsive pet and I think you all taught her "doggie manners" plus gave her the feeling she was loved and I thank you.
—Barb and Ken Freeny