Why Puppy Training Classes Are Critical For Your Dog

No matter how in love you are with your pup now, you’ll love him even more after taking puppy training classes. Did you know that enrolling your new pup – and yourself – in puppy training classes is one of the best ways to give your dog a head start on a happy life? No matter how cute your puppy is right now (and is that cuteness ever an effective survival tactic!), early training and socialization can make the difference
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The Jumpstart Story

The Jumpstart Program began in November 2011 when I received a call from Brian Zalaznick. Brian was about to be married and wanted two things in his wonderful new life: his beautiful new bride, Cindy, and his doodle puppy, Chester. There was only one problem, Cindy was a cat person who had never had a dog, let alone a puppy. She had grave reservations over the thought of raising one. But Brian had been without a dog for several years
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The Missing Link in Recall Training

Imagine all the delectable things that can arise in the course of a walk through the neighborhood; strangers with food, new dogs ready and willing to play, hidden smells in a garden, standing water of dubious quality. In situations like these most folks call their puppy or dog and hope for the best. Unfortunately “the best” rarely happens and your puppy will likely head straight for temptation. So how do you teach your puppy or dog to turn away from
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Project Jumpstart Rescue

Hillary’s Hounds and Pound to Pillows, a Mill Valley-based 501(c)3 have joined forces to create Project Jumpstart Rescue to provide pre- and post-adoption training and socialization for shelter puppies and dogs. Pound to Pillows was founded in 2006 by Karen Stromfeld, a long-time canine advocate. Since its creation, Pounds to Pillows has placed over 350 dogs and puppies throughout Marin County. It Takes a Team Karen is quick to point out that her success in moving so many dogs from
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Training Tip: Making the Sit Meaningful

When I teach a puppy to sit, I’m giving him an important tool to use with every human he meets. It doesn’t take long for that puppy to realize he’s learned something important because everyone he meets swoons and hands out treats when his butt hits the ground. That’s important, because sitting is first word in a language he’ll use for the rest of his life. When I start a puppy (or retrain an older dog) I teach them that
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Building Courage: Ralph and the Perfect Storm

Sometimes a dog can become frightened of something he’s known his entire life. Take Ralph, an 18 month old beagle that developed a terror of grocery carts. Ralph had excelled in our Day Training Program as a youngster and knew the in’s and out’s of grocery carts at 14 weeks. It took a fateful combination of events, a perfect storm that left him trembling and unable to go near a cart a year later. Here we’ll share with you how
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Socialization: Formula for a Fearless Puppy

The Importance of Socializing Your Puppy Start Early – Go Everywhere There is a magic window that opens in every puppy’s life, when he is most confident and accepting of new experiences, dogs, people, places. The length of this sensitive period is short; usually within the first three months. This is the time to get him outside, to go everywhere you can and introduce him to everyone you meet, allow them to pet and handle your little one gently and
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