The Puppy Nanny

Puppy 101: Apart from learning numerous fun games and training tips, off-leash training and play sessions are absolutely essential for socialization and establishing reliable bite inhibition.  The primary goal of Puppy I is to teach puppies to become safe and friendly companions.   Puppy I is where you will begin to teach your puppy the meaning of obedience commands:  to come when called, follow, walk on-leash, sit, lie down, rollover, stand and stay.  Puppy must be in class by 18 weeks of age. 

Puppy 201:  Graduates of Puppy I classes from Bravo!Pup, SFSPCA, SIRIUS®or SmartyPup! may enroll in Puppy II and can be no more than 18 months of age.  Puppy II classes are where you will teach your pup the relevance of commands and finally, proofing. They are taught predominantly off-leash to continue socialization and bite inhibition exercises.  However, a great emphasis is placed on refining puppy manners and increasing off-leash reliability:  emergency sits or downs, reliable recalls and rock solid stays. 

A puppy cannot be bad ...
it can only be a puppy!

Puppy Social: Fun and invaluable puppy socialization, sit 101, how to settle during play, name recognition and anti-jumping fun!  Qualifications: For puppies 9- 16 weeks old, proof of vaccination and date of birth; puppy must be in your possession for at least 7 days.  For information on times and location contact

Personalized Training Plan:  We will review and decide on your training goals and I will create an individualized training plan for you and your dog.  Plan includes personal coaching and step-by-step instructions.  Here are some examples:

Puppy Pre-School:  Get started training before your puppy class -- it's really never too soon.  Ideally we'll meet very soon after your puppy comes home to make certain your house is set up for successful potty training as well as general manners training and protocols.  If you have kids that need to learn how to handle the puppy -- this is the ideal time to set the precedent for everyone - human and canine.  Learn how to work on your puppies bite inhibition, what is appropriate play and get started on that ever important recall (the most difficult thing to train).  This is foundation work to get you started for a successful family pet!  Minimum is one - 2 hour session and a 10 session package is highly recommended.  Package rates are given.

How to Look Cool at the Dog Park  If you can answer Yes! to any of these questions, this is the plan for you.  Have you said:
“He only listens when he wants?” 
“Please don’t throw that ball yet, my dog will steal it.”  
Have you blamed someone else for your dog’s behavior? 
Do you wish your dog would come when called?
Do you wish your dog would stop jumping up on people?
Do you want to look cool at the dog park?

First you have to look a little foolish!  Okay, a lot foolish -- and in the process have people say things like “why don’t you just let him have a good time?”   Foolish now, Cool later…  Minimum of three - one hour sessions required. 

Home Schooling  Teach Bella the basics in appropriate home living.  Learn how to break bad habits like counter surfing and begging. If your puppy never got the picture of housebreaking, crate training and appropriate chewing, a Home Schooling session is for you.  Learn how to make Bella the most revered host to all your human friends. 

Street Smarts  Implement manners around town.  Learn essential commands for city living such as waiting at the curb, urgency stays and downs, as well as freeze.  General loose-leash walking, off-leash and long line work is involved.  Basic obedience and commands are required. 

Freaky Freddy Learn how to build your canine’s confidence around people, dogs and typical city situations.  This is for the dog that is reactive and shows fearful signs such as barking, lunging, trembling, hiding, snapping or fear biting when confronted with seemingly unknown triggers.

The Aggressive Dog: Remedial Socialization/Getting Back in the Park  Haven’t been around new dogs lately?  Been staying away from the dog park because Mac gets in a scuffle or two?  Dogs must meet three new dogs a week their entire life in order to maintain their social skills.  Learn how to get Mac back in the swing of things and enjoy dog park outings again.

The Thief  Living with a toy thief?  Does your dog steal other dogs’ toys? Do you find yourself telling people “just ignore him, he will get tired of it eventually”.  Do people run the other way when they see your dog come running toward them at the beach or the park?  Learn how to get the object back without the embarrassment!

Mouthy Jumpy-It’s not the new Dance  Mouthing and jumping up often occur together in a dog’s interactions with people.  After all, it’s how dogs greet each other.  Learn how to teach your Larry the Labrador not to jump up on people or chase pant legs.  Time to stop blaming other people for your dog’s behavior -- “he’s jumping on you because you must have treats” -- and start to extinguish the nipping and grabbing of innocent passersby and focus on more appropriate and fun activities.

The Commando Canine - He’s Back  Is Bubba the Boxer a little over the top?  Do other dogs run scared as Bubba comes bounding over to greet them?  Does his play look a little like “The Terminator”?  Learn how to control those exuberant greetings and boxing matches so Bubba doesn’t offend anyone.

Secret Parlor Tricks of Benji and Lassie   Build a closer relationship with your dog while you teach them fun tricks to win over friends, family and neighbors.   You'll learn how easy it is to teach everyone's favorite parlor tricks like roll-over, shake, high-five, wave, wipe your nose, pray, speak, spin, bang your dead, and many more!

When puppies play . . .
teeth happen
Puppy 301;  Advance Training, Tricks and Games:  Graduates of Puppy II classes as noted above may enroll in Puppy III.  Enrollment may also be granted at the discretion of the instructor.  In this class, both dog and handler will work as a team to proof obedience skills and learn advanced trick behaviors using verbal cues and hand signals.  You’ll learn how to teach your dog such advanced behaviors as “Put your toys away”, “Go find it” and “Go Lie Down”, by applying basic target principles.
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