Example of what our puppies do!
Stella showing off her puppy training!
Monkey Puppy Academy Graduation Video
Our Puppy Academy Includes:
Merckx Puppy Academy Graduation Video
Signing up is simple! Just send us an email at [email protected] to let us know you are interested, and when you would like to start. Someone will get back to you asap with all of our upcoming availability to set up your Initial Consultation.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] (we are very reliable via email). We would love to hear from you! Thank you!
*Please note our Board and Train is for puppies 5 months and under only. If your puppy is older than that, we may be able to accommodate them if they are smaller (under 30 lbs). Older puppies should sign up for our Adult Dog Board and Train.
**Pick up and drop off has a limited service area, we will confirm if you are eligible when you email us.
Did you know that the socialization window closes at 12 weeks to 16 weeks depending on your puppy's breed?
That means, before three months, you should expose your puppy to everything you want them to accept with confidence as an adult. Puppy Academy is great insurance to give your puppy the best chance at developing into a confident, friendly adult dog. Puppy Academy will ensure a solid foundation of careful exposure done by professionals. By using this systematic controlled method of socialization, we can help puppies create positive experiences without overwhelming them.
When we say socialize to dogs, we don't just mean the dog down the block, but big dogs, little dogs, dogs with crazy haircuts, dogs of different colors, dogs who look like dogs, dogs who don't look like dogs, etc. We also don't mean throwing your puppy into a dog park, where the big dogs may scare or overwhelm him/her. We want our puppies to meet a new, friendly dog every day in a structured way that will ensure a positive association.
With humans, the socialization list is even bigger! It's not okay to just meet a few friends and neighbors. City puppies need to meet many new strangers of all varieties (babies, toddlers, men, women, elderly, carrying things, in hats, etc) on a daily basis in a controlled and positive way during the socialization window to ensure that they are able to confidently and appropriately interact all of the strangers they will meet during a lifetime of city living.
Because we live in Washington, DC, it is extra important that our puppies be super socialized! We like to help our puppy owners go the extra mile, so that they'll never have to worry that their dog will start trying to attack other dogs or people. Have you ever seen a dog barking, growling or lunging at another dog or a person? Most of those dogs never received adequate or appropriate socialization.
The socialization process, if done correctly, can be a huge job! Don't worry though, we're here to help!
Contact us at [email protected] for more information or to get started. We hope to hear from you soon!
Many professionals agree that allowing your puppy to play with other puppies and dogs is one of the best ways to continue their education about bite inhibition. Puppies who lack this early experience often don't realize how hard they are biting, and may have a harder time socializing with dogs and humans because they don't understand how to be gentle with their mouths.
In addition to the other dogs, staff is highly trained to respond effectively to puppy biting, and can be an immense help in teaching your puppy to be gentle with his/her mouth!
Puppies who have accidents indoors are learning that it is okay to potty inside. It can be very difficult to break patterns established in puppyhood. Even one accident a day shows your puppy that "if you really need to go, it's okay!" Pretty soon, your puppy will learn to sneak off somewhere in the house to do his business and then return as if nothing happened.
Traditional board and train situations often would leave your puppy in a kennel for most of the day. Because it is difficult to pay enough staff to monitor and take out a young puppy often enough to truly housetrain him, your puppy would likely also be peeing and pooing in that kennel space. Pups are typically taken out between one and three times per day for quick training sessions and twice a day for walks. The rest of the time, they are sitting in a boring, noisy, stressful kennel environment learning to pee where they eat and sleep and learning to bark. This can definitely teach your puppy to have separation anxiety or to fear/dislike boarding situations in the future.
Other "cageless" daycare-type situations would throw your puppy in with the small adult dogs. Puppies are very different than adult dogs. They play differently and their communications skills are not very developed. In order to facilitate appropriate interactions, we recommend 1 caretaker for every 3 dogs - most daycares feel adequate ratios are 1 staff person to every 15 dogs! We've even heard of situations where there was 1 caretaker for 60 dogs at a local facility (because a couple staff called out sick)! This is a recipe for annoying the adult dogs and getting your pup "disciplined" by the adult dogs. "Throwing your puppy to the wolves" so to speak. This might be okay if the adult dogs are well socialized, fair, and have good bite inhibition; however, in our experience, puppies are often exposed to overly harsh discipline by the adult dogs which could create a puppy with poor social skills, a fear of other dogs, a possible injury, bullying behavior in your adolescent, or a puppy who learns to be aggressive to defend himself.
At Puppy Academy, your puppy will live in our home, as a member of the family. All social interactions will be carefully supervised by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and your puppy will receive encouragement and feedback to develop appropriate social skills with dogs and people. Additionally, since your puppy is living in our home, we will be supervising 24/7. We don't like our home getting peed in anymore than you do! That means your puppy will be going outside to do his business, as often as necessary - even if that means every hour and overnight!
Finally, young puppies like young children need lots of attention to grow and develop into well-adjusted adults. Unlike a kennel or daycare setting, your puppy will be in a very intimate group. That means your puppy will be getting lots of one-on-one attention and care! We'll become like a second home for your puppy. This had a wonderful side benefit of building your puppy's confidence in boarding situations, creating an easy-going pup who is happy to be boarded in the future!