Puppy and Dog Training (2023)

Puppy Manners Class at OHS

$180 for six weeks of training. Puppies attending should be 9 to 15 weeks old at the start of class. See more info on this class here:

If your dog will be 16 weeks or older when class begins, please sign up for Level 1 of our Levels Classes for basic training help.

Puppy Romps at OHS

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$20 per session. We have two romp classes:
Puppy Romp 1 is for puppies 9 – 13 weeks
Puppy Romp 2 is for puppies 11 – 18 weeks
During our Puppy Romps you can introduce your puppy to other healthy puppies and allow them to interact and socialize! Helping your puppy learn the appropriate way to play with other Pups can help prevent behavioral problems as they mature. In between play sessions, our certified dog trainers give you some basic tips and apply simple training games so you will have the best relationship possible with your puppy!

If your puppy age falls within with both classes, and your pup has never been to a romp before, please sign up for Puppy Romp 1.


Shy Puppy Training and Socialization Session

$20 per session. For puppies 9 – 18 weeks
If you had a hard time socializing your puppy due to COVID or if you have a pup who is just shy in general, then come to a Shy Puppy Training and Socialization Session.
We will teach you what to do when your puppy is timid, help you read your pups signals and help your puppy get accustomed to other shy puppies in a calmer, controlled setting with expert guidance.
Note: These session are only for Shy puppies, between the age of 9-18 weeks – $20 per session. Please do not register if your puppy is playful, outgoing and wants to romp. Instead register for Romp 1 or 2 (depending on your puppy’s age) or a puppy manners class (for puppies 9-15 weeks at start of class). Thanks!

Levels – Basic Dog Training at OHS

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Levels is our version of Basic Manners Training.
You and your dog (4 months and older) can learn at your own pace as our classes allow you to make your own schedule from several classes that are offered each week. Prior to your first class with your dog, you will need to attend our Intro to Levels Training class. You can find out about the Intro class and find out more information about the Levels classes here – Learn more and sign up!


If your dog barks and lunges at other dogs on walks, start with our Reactive Rover class.

Adolescent Manners at OHS

$180 for six weeks of training. For dogs 4 months – 1 year of age.
This class will help you through the challenge of dog adolescence. Using positive reinforcement, we will review basic cues plus learn new ways to deal with adolescent behaviors such as demanding attention and leash walking. The focus will be on teaching your teenage puppy to make appropriate choices, apply self-control around distractions, and grow to be a polite and well-socialized adult dog!

Clever Canine – Training Through Games

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$120 for 4 weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up. Looking for something fun and educational to do with your dog this summer? Then join us for “Clever Canine” where you will learn how to use games and tricks to train basic manners and provide your dog with exercise as well as much needed mental enrichment. We will teach you low impact activities good for adolescents and seniors alike that combine training with enjoyment and highlight all the opportunities for you to apply the techniques in the real world. A basic knowledge of marker training is helpful but not required! This lively class is for dogs 4 months and older, and we welcome more than one handler per dog so that the whole family can join in on the fun!

  • Week 1 – Pattern Games
  • Week 2 – Agility
  • Week 3 – Useful Tricks
  • Week 4 – Rally

Little Learners – Training for smaller dogs

$150 for 5 weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up. This class is for smaller dogs, 25 lbs. and under and not taller than 15” at the back of the neck. In this class, we will focus on how little dogs learn as we teach multiple skills in an environment that keeps your small dog comfortable. Your dog will work on learning how to walk on a loose leash, auto settle and much more and you can build your bond by having fun together.

Reactive Rover 1 at OHS

$225 for six weeks of training. For dogs eight months and older. Does your dog lunge and bark when they see other dogs when out on a walk? In this class your will learn strategic management tools, safe leash handling and positive training techniques that will help create a calmer dog and handler and make walk-time more enjoyable. We’ll lead you through guided practice sessions with progressively more difficult triggers, building up to exercises around other dogs to help teach and encourage calm, appropriate behavior. By the end of the course, you will have a lot of skills and increased confidence to continue training with your dog at home and out in the world.

For more practice and advanced skills, you have the options to enroll in Reactive Rover 2!

Reactive Rover does not address off-leash aggression issues. If your dog is reactive towards people, worried about new environments, or if you’d just like to focus more on loose-leash walking and impulse control, try our in-person or virtual private classes.

Reactive Rover 2 at OHS

$150 for four weeks of training. For dogs eight months and older.
This 4 week class is for Graduates of Reactive Rover (or graduates of private training with instructor’s permission) and allows dogs and handlers to further hone and practice their on-leash skills. Using games and cues we will work to close the distance between dog and trigger and also encourage the dogs to remain calm and focused with distractions at a greater intensity. Outdoor activities may be included, weather permitting. This is an ideal way to get more practice if you are struggling to find controlled set-ups out in the world, if it’s been a while since you took Reactive Rover 1, or if you want to keep training momentum going after the first Reactive Rover series. You and your dog are welcome to enroll in this 4 week class more than once, to keep practicing.

Start Over Rover at OHS

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$150 for five weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up.
Have you recently adopted a dog and feel unsure of where to start when it comes to training? There can be so much conflicting advice from family, well-meaning neighbors and the internet! Let the certified professional trainers at OHS help set you on the right path to have the best life possible with your new furry friend. If you have adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue in the past 90 days, join us and other new rescue dog owners for Start Over Rover. We will touch on basic training cues but also games and exercises to help your dog adjust socially. We will teach you how to help your dog relax and enjoy being handled. Plus, you and your dog may make some new friends with shared goals!

FAQs

What is the first thing you should train your puppy? ›

The first things a puppy needs to learn are basic manners, his name, potty training, and not to bite your hands with those sharp teeth. A puppy needs to learn socialization skills, including people, places, and things.

Is it easier to train a puppy if you already have a dog? ›

Make Puppy Training Easier

You might find puppy training is far easier with an older dog and a new pup—the puppy will look to his senior for guidance, and model his behavior after hers. Having an older dog can make potty training your puppy way easier, too.

How do you train a dog to accept a new puppy? ›

What to Do During the Initial Meeting
  1. Head to the meeting spot with the dogs separately.
  2. Try bringing the dogs together and let them greet each other. ...
  3. Expect the dogs to sniff, circle, play, urinate or simply ignore each other. ...
  4. If the animals try to fight, it's time to intervene. ...
  5. Keep the initial interaction brief.

Can a trained dog help train a puppy? ›

Having a well-trained, calm older dog around can help to smooth a puppy's transition to adulthood and speed up their training. But is still no substitute for time doing one-on-one training. However, some adult dogs may be more suited to help bring up puppies than others.

At what age is it easier to train a puppy? ›

Obedience Commands & Socialization: 7 to 8 weeks old

The ideal time to begin training is around 7 to 8 weeks for most puppies, and the most effective training involves positive reinforcement and gentle commands.

How do you teach a puppy no? ›

Call your dog over and let him see the treat in your hand. As you close your hand, say "No!". Let him lick and sniff, but do not give him the treat. When he finally gives up and backs away, praise him and give him the treat.

What is second dog syndrome? ›

In dogdom, there's a turn of phrase called, "Second Dog Syndrome". This describes the process of adding another dog to the home quite well, but not necessarily in a positive light. As humans, we are bound to forget all of the time and effort it takes to raise a puppy right.

Will my dog eventually like my new puppy? ›

Usually, grown dogs will accept a new younger dog. But to successfully add a second dog to your family, you must take the time and follow the proper steps to introduce a puppy to an adult dog. Some older dogs will make joining their pack difficult for the newbie!

Should a second dog be the same gender? ›

Gender: While there is no set rule that a female dog will be a better friend for a male dog, if you have never had two dogs at the same time it is generally easier and often safer to have dogs of the opposite sex. Same-sex combinations can be tricky to manage as dogs work out their dominance or pack order.

Should I let my older dog growl at my puppy? ›

Don't punish your dog for growling at the puppy. Growling is normal dog communication, and he is letting the puppy (and you) know he's had enough. Instead of punishing this important communication, calmly separate them.

What is the 3 3 dog rule? ›

Whether you rescue an older dog or a puppy, a lot of dogs tend to follow the 3-3-3 rule when getting acclimated: 3 days of feeling overwhelmed and nervous. 3 weeks of settling in. 3 months of building trust and bonding with you.

Will my older dog be sad if I get a puppy? ›

Many older dogs will be upset, jealous, or even angry with a new puppy, especially if the older dog has been an only dog. It's going to be important to make sure the older dog gets lots (more than normal) of attention to alleviate potential hurt feelings.

At what age should dogs start obedience training? ›

As a result, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal behaviorists and many trainers now recommend that puppies (who do not have health problems) begin classes as early as 7-8 weeks.

How long does it take for an older dog to accept a puppy? ›

It can take up to one month for an old dog and new dog to really settle in and accept each other's position in the pack. If you want a second dog, you need to be ready to commit to this process and not panic.

What puppy age is the hardest? ›

Stage 5: Adolescence (6 – 18 months) This can be the most difficult time during a puppy's development – adolescence. Your cute little puppy is becoming a teenager and will start producing hormones which may result in changes in behaviour.

What age is a dog hardest to train? ›

The most challenging time of raising a puppy is the adolescent period. Dogs become “teenagers” and seem to forget everything they have ever been taught. This period is individual to each dog, but it may begin when he's about eight months old and continue until he's two years old.

What age is too late to train a dog? ›

It's never too late to train a dog. Whether you are bringing home an older dog from a shelter (or rescue), or you'd like to work with your own older dog, there's no reason to delay doing some training with an older dog.

What should I not teach my puppy? ›

7 DON'Ts of Puppy Training
  • Don't Leave Your Puppy Unattended. ...
  • Don't Misuse the Crate. ...
  • Don't Train Inconsistently. ...
  • Don't Encourage Playful Biting. ...
  • Don't Try Too Much at Once. ...
  • Don't Reward Too Soon. ...
  • Avoid Negative Emotion.
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What should you not do when training a dog? ›

5 Common Dog Training Mistakes to Avoid
  1. Cue nagging. One of the biggest problems is cue nagging. ...
  2. Poisoning of cues. Poisoning of cues is another trap that many first-time trainers fall into. ...
  3. Failing to practice in-between classes. ...
  4. Useless repetition. ...
  5. Working when you're frustrated.

Are dogs happier in pairs? ›

Dogs are social animals and usually happier around other dogs, but a second dog will never be a substitute for inattentive, absent or too busy owners.

Can you love two dogs equally? ›

If you want to have another dog and your only hesitation is the fear that you won't love them the same as you do your first dog, let me tell you this: you will not the love them the same - you will love them differently, but equally.

Is it better to get 1 puppy or 2? ›

Most training professionals strongly recommend against adopting two pups at the same time. The biggest challenge of adopting two new puppies is their tendency to bond very closely with each other, often to the exclusion of a meaningful relationship with their humans. They can become inseparable.

Why is my older dog attacking my puppy? ›

They're territorial

The first reason an older dog might attack or not be fond of a young puppy is that they are territorial of their space. Your resident dog views your home as their turf, and therefore, the new puppy poses a threat to that—a threat that your older dog is uncomfortable with.

How do I stop my puppy from playing too rough with my old dog? ›

Move the puppy away, give them each something to chew on, take the puppy for a walk, or put the older dog in another room for a nap. As your puppy grows up and gets bigger and your old dog ages, run interference for him. Don't let the young dog get too rough and most importantly, don't let him pick on the old dog.

What are puppy blues? ›

The “puppy blues” refers to an emotional state of feeling overwhelmed, sadness, anxiety, or regret that many people experience after bringing home a new dog.

What age is best to get a second dog? ›

Many breeders recommend that your first dog be at least one-to-two-years old before you add a second to the family. If you have an old dog, he may not be physically able to play with or tolerate a pup.

What is sibling puppy syndrome? ›

As mentioned in our “Picking a Puppy” article, littermate syndrome is a serious behavioral condition. The condition develops when two young dogs end up bonding too tightly with each other. It may sound ideal when dogs are such close friends, but major issues can arise down the road.

What is the best gender combination for two dogs? ›

For the happiest dogs and the safest household, opposite sex dogs almost always do best together. Many same-sex combinations of dogs will fight, sometimes to the death. Those who work out a dominance order may not fare much better.

Why does my puppy bite my older dogs neck? ›

Puppy Biting Older Dog's Neck. If your puppy is biting your older dog's neck, that's usually just playfighting but if the puppy is too rough, they might need more socialization as well as exercise to get rid of excess energy.

How do I know if my older dog likes the new puppy? ›

But two dogs living together is also about them getting on well together. Be alert for encouraging signs that the older dog is accepting the younger. This could be the older one wagging his tail when the pup approaches, or engaging in a game of tug.

Should you hit a dog if it growls? ›

Don't Punish Growling

If you punish your dog for growling, you will only inhibit growling. You won't have done anything to address the underlying issue. For example, punishing your dog for growling in the presence of other dogs will stop the growling. However, your dog will still feel uncomfortable around other dogs.

How traumatic is it for a dog to change owners? ›

In actuality, re-homing is always a stressful and traumatic experience for dogs. It's not difficult for canines to undergo anxiety and depression if the previous environment was a happy one. These dogs will actually miss their previous owner and they wish to undergo the sadness.

HOW LONG CAN 3 dogs be left alone? ›

The PDSA says dogs shouldn't be left alone on a regular basis for more than four hours. Modern Dog Magazine says crated dogs shouldn't be left home alone for more than three or four hours. PAWS Chicago, a nonprofit no-kill shelter, says five to six hours is the max for an adult dog.

How long does it take for a puppy to settle in a crate? ›

Crate training can take days or weeks, depending on your dog's age, temperament and past experiences. It's important to keep two things in mind while crate training. The crate should always be associated with something pleasant, and training should take place in a series of small steps - don't go too fast.

Are 2 dogs more work than 1? ›

All canines need individual focus, attention, play, and training daily, in addition to regular grooming. Having multiple dogs means an increase in the daily time spent playing and working with your dogs to make sure each is getting enough attention.

Is it OK to bring a puppy into a house with an older dog? ›

Set Ground Rules For New Puppies

To avoid any territorial behavior or resource guarding, senior dogs and new puppies should first be introduced on neutral ground, rather than in your home or yard. Once they've both acclimated to living together in your home, take measures to avoid your senior dog feeling boxed out.

What are the first 5 commands to teach a puppy? ›

Basic Puppy Commands
  • Teach your dog to Sit. This is a basic, and easy to teach, command. ...
  • Teach your dog to Come. This command could literally be a life-saver. ...
  • Teach your dog to Give It or Drop It. ...
  • Teach your dog to Heel or With Me. ...
  • Teach your dog to Lie Down or Down. ...
  • Teach your dog to Stay.
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When should I start disciplining my puppy? ›

You should start disciplining your puppy as soon as you bring it home. Puppies learn quickly and should be shown what behavior is unacceptable in your house. This also means that you must be consistent when responding to bad behavior. If not, your puppy will be confused, making it harder to prevent the bad behavior.

What teach a 7 weeks puppy? ›

Young puppies have short attention spans but you can expect them to begin to learn simple obedience commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay,” as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age. Formal dog training has traditionally been delayed until 6 months of age.

What is the easiest trick to teach a puppy? ›

Sit: The “sit” command is one of the easiest tricks your dog can learn and serves as the basis for many other simple tricks like “shake” and “stay.” To teach this trick, keep your foot on your dog's leash, allowing them only a little room to move but not enough to jump up.

What does it mean when a dog stares at you without blinking? ›

Dogs lock eyes with one another to establish dominance or to show aggression. If a dog gives a person a hard, steady stare without blinking, the dog might be warning the human to back off. Your dog might be more likely to do this to a stranger, especially if your dog thinks they need to protect you.

How do you tell a dog off? ›

First, stop your dog in the act of whatever he's doing, then give him a different, pet parent-approved option. For example, if you walk into a room and notice him chewing your shoes or hairbrush, swiftly tell him "No!" and take the item out of his mouth. Once your dog is calm, present him with an actual chew toy.

What should you not do with a puppy? ›

DO NOT
  • Mistreat your puppy by shouting, hitting, or jerking on your puppy's leash.
  • Call your puppy to you to reprimand it.
  • Allow your puppy to chase objects like cars, bikes, or skateboards.
  • Allow your puppy to chase other dogs, cats, or other animals.
  • Confine your puppy for long periods of time during the day.

What age are puppies most disobedient? ›

Like humans, dogs go through a rebellious “teenager” phase (around 5 months to 18 months).

Where should a puppy sleep at night? ›

Crate Your Puppy Overnight

Lincoln says the easiest and nearly full-proof way for training a puppy to sleep through the night is to use a dog crate. Place the crate near your bed in an area close to you. Start by putting your puppy in the crate for a bit before it's time to go to sleep.

Where should a puppy sleep the first night? ›

On the first night, and for about three weeks, have the puppy sleep in a dog crate next to the bed. Line the base with blankets so that it is cosy and drape another blanket over the top to help it feel more secure. Give the puppy the stuffed toy that has its littermates' scent on it to snuggle up to.

Can I take my 8 week old puppy outside to pee? ›

Potty Breaks for Young Puppies

When you bring an eight-week-old dog home, you can start puppy house training by taking him out to go to the bathroom on a regular basis. Since young puppies have tiny bladders, you'll have to take them out for potty breaks often.

Can you leave a 7 month old puppy alone? ›

From 3-6 months, they should not be left longer than their age in months (for example, 3-month-old puppies cannot be alone for longer than 3 hours). If possible, dogs older than 6 months should not be left alone for longer than 4 hours at a time.

At what age do puppies sleep through the night? ›

When Do Puppies Start Sleeping Through the Night? Puppies typically learn to sleep through the night by the time they're about sixteen weeks of age. However, puppy owners can expedite the process by employing some tried-and-true dog training techniques, such as crate training.

How long should walks be for a 7 month old puppy? ›

This is based on an average of two walks per day. For example, a four-month-old puppy can be walked for 20 minutes, twice a day, while a seven-month-old puppy can be walked for 35 minutes, twice a day.

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