An 18 month plan to raise your NYC puppy.

0-2 Months

-Puppy-proofing your living space
-Preparing to introduce a puppy into a household with:
  • Other dogs
  • Cats
  • Children
  • Staff

2-6 Months

-Basic cues
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come/Recall
  • Relaxation
  • Hand target
-Socialization with dogs and people
  • Until vaccinated, introduce to as many people as possible inside and outside home
  • Once vaccinated, begin introduction to dogs
-Potty Training
  • Building a schedule
  • Introducing walkers to help keep schedule if necessary
  • Proper reward and boundaries
-Desensitization
  • Loud sounds
  • Different kinds of people
  • New surfaces and places
  • Construction
  • Skateboards/scooters/bikes
  • Children
-Crate/play pen training
  • Avoiding separation anxiety
  • Learning to handle being in the crate or pen
-Basic manners and boundaries
  • Proper greetings
  • Establishing play and time out boundaries with humans, especially during teething
-Leash and walking skills
  • For both human and pup

7-12 Months

-Dealing with teenage dogs
  • “Why is my dog acting out all of a sudden?”
  • Keeping consistency intact
-Introduce trick training for further stimulation
  • Begin work on novice and intermediate level tricks
  • This gives structure, stimulation, and keeps the young dog interested in working with you

13-18 Months

-At this point, many dogs will become fully developed adults.
-Adult dogs often change a lot from when they were puppies. Adult dogs may:
  • Stop being as interested in going outside or walking
  • Not be as friendly to people or dogs as when they were younger
  • Develop new quirks and behaviors that can result from having a higher functioning and developed brain (e.g. anxiety)
-We will be here to help everyone adapt to new changes in behavior, and handle any issues that might end up developing
-Walker, trainer, and owner consistency during this period is crucial!!
 
-For larger dogs, the many of them will still be going through the teenage months all the way up through 2 years (and occasionally further!)