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Kiwi is a little 15 pound Cocker Spaniel mix (emphasis on the mix)! She has been coming to Playful Pooch since August of 2014. She is playful and energetic and plays with all types of other breeds. She has certainly become a favorite at the Pooch! Thank you Kiwi!
We believe that positive reinforcement training is critical in developing a healthy relationship between a pet owner and their pooch. While group classes at the big box stores may teach your dog to sit or stay, they just scratch the surface in helping to understand why your pal may drive you crazy sometimes.
We work in partnership with Misha May Foundation, a well respected Denver dog rescue and training company and the winner of the 2012 and 2013 Denver A-List Top Training Organization in Denver. They offer a variety of classes held throughout Denver, to help dogs with unique behavior issues. Please click here to contact Misha May directly for additional information.
So why is it important to socialize puppies at an early age?
When you first brought your new puppy home, it was so exciting to pick out a new bed, food, a fancy collar and leash. and all those cute toys! But you also made a commitment to make sure they get plenty of exercise, social interaction with other dogs and people throughout the day, and to not leave them home alone.
While going to the dog park is a wonderful way to spend time with your pal. it is important that they first learn to play properly and interpret another dog's signals. One bad experience for a puppy may lead to unnecessary trauma that may affect how they react to other dogs for the rest of their lives.
We encourage puppy owners to enroll in our daycare program. Your pup will be slowly introduced into a small group of dogs with similar play styles and temperaments. Before long, you'll be experiencing fewer problems at home once your puppy is all worn out from playing all day. They will also learn very basic obedience through positive reinforcement to help them learn to communicate in an effective way - not through jumping, barking or chewing.
Remember, daycare is a lot less expensive than a new sofa or your favorite pair of shoes!
Many owners are unaware that their dog may be suffering from isolation. Dogs are highly social animals and crave interaction with living beings. This interaction is a necessity for a well-balanced dog. A dog who stays alone for 8 hours may seem fine when you get home, but being alone for so long can create a range of behavior problems. Studies show that most dogs respond well to four or five hours of isolation, but not for longer times.
If you have to be gone all day consider taking your dog to doggie daycare here at The Pooch. Sometimes one day of play will wear your dog out for a couple of days. Also make sure that you set an hour or two aside every day for your dog. During this time, play is vital - not only games they like to play but getting on all fours with them as well.
Many people will not take their dogs out and about because they lack acceptable manners to go outside the home. Some dogs are uncomfortable with other dogs, because they haven't been around very many other dogs, or learned to play appropriately. With gradual exposure in supervised playtimes at The Pooch, your dog will love going on walks in the park with you and meeting some new friends along the way!