When you choose your puppy, you are choosing a training plan. Is your puppy big, small, herding instinct, hunting instinct, shy, assertive? When you choose a dog or puppy you are making a decision about your lifestyle with your dog, and which things you will really have to train and which things will “come naturally.” Picking the puppy can be so much fun, but it’s also where I see people making mistakes. I actually made my own “mistakes” in choosing puppies over the years (I’ve personally owned 8 of my own, and trained over 350 dogs that belong to clients) too, so I know that we can live and learn, and my shy “mistake” puppy taught me so much about animal behavior and training!
We can grow through small mistakes when choosing a pup, but unfortunately sometimes people get saddled with situations that ultimately result in having to rehome a dog, or just having training problems that would not have been training problems if the dog had been matched correctly with the home habitat.
I can help you pick out the perfect puppy. Join our group class with other families, and talk “puppies!” Share your experiences in visiting breeders and shelters with other families making the same journey. Maybe you don’t even really need a little puppy, but you’re looking at older dogs? Are you thinking about getting a service dog? Jenny has special experience in training hearing service, alert and retrieve and delivery behaviors. Her dogs have also worked as therapy dogs. She can help you pick out, train and license your pet dog, therapy or your hearing/senior service puppy. Contact Whole Dog Camp to be informed of our next group class.