Common Reasons for Training

Fuzzles Dog Training offers training and coaching for a wide variety of needs. Below are some of the most common "categories" that those looking for training can relate with. Click the category titles to learn more!

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New Puppy Training

8 - 20 Weeks Old

Congratulations on your new companion! Puppy training focuses on taking advantage of important developmental windows that close as pups enter adolescence. Learn how to best introduce them to the big world and set them up for a great life!

Socialization to:

  • Handling (being touched, lifted)

  • People

  • Animals

  • Other dogs

  • Sounds

  • Alone time

  • Housetraining

  • Bite Strength and Nipping

  • Chew Toy Training

  • Crate Training

 
 

New Dog Training

Thanks for bringing an adult dog into your home! These dogs can need some help adjusting to their new lifestyle, and may come with some habits that don't work in the new home. Start things off on the right foot by learning more about them and establishing rules in such a way that the dog feels safe and comfortable.

  • Learn about the dog's body language, motivators, and environmental stressors

  • Addr behaviors that need immediate management

  • Establish and teach rules for your home

  • Adjust the home layout to be set for success

  • Socialize the dog to the new environment

  • Establish basic communication and skills

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Beginner Skills

Skills-oriented training to give you and your dog important communication tools. By the end, you will understand how your dog learns and be able to predict their behavior. Curriculum includes: 

  • Watch Me

  • Touch

  • Leash Manners

  • Polite Greetings

Behaviors on cue:

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Stay

  • Leave It

  • Come

 

Int & Advanced Skills

For pawrents that want to take their dog to the next level! These lessons are aimed at challenging you both to make known skills stronger even with high value distractions around, or teaching new "show skills" for fun. Whether that's leg weaves or jumping through hoops, if you can think it we can teach it! 

Examples:

  • Recall while throwing ball

  • Training & Exercise Games

  • Sit Pretty

  • Figure 8

  • Hold & Carry

  • "Bang Bang!"

  • Balances

  • Bow

  • Put Toys Away

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Unwanted Behaviors

When two different species live in close quarters, it's only natural that there will be conflict of interests. Many unwanted behaviors are outlets for dog's instinctive needs, while others may have been unintentionally rewarded in the past. Assess why a dog is doing something, learn then apply management techniques to prevent it from happening, and find an ideal alternative behavior that works for you both.

Common behaviors include:

  • Barking

  • Counter surfing/food stealing

  • Digging

  • Jumping

  • Nipping

  • Property destruction

  • House Soiling

  • Marking

 

Reactivity & Fear

Some behaviors that seem to be aggressive are actually the result of extreme anxiety, stress, or fear. This type of training focuses on understanding what's happening, pinpointing triggers, preventing continued incidents, and changing the dog's perception - so they won't feel a need to defend themself, lash out, or panic. We cover management techniques to prevent scary/dangerous situations, as well as how to read body language and watch for signs of stress. 

Severe cases with a strong history of bite damage will be referred to a specialist for the safety of everybody involved. If you're wondering if your case is severe, please schedule a phone call before scheduling a behavioral assessment.

  • Leash Reactivity

  • Dog-dog aggression (off leash)

  • Dog-human aggression

  • Separation anxiety

  • Resource Guarding

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