Let Us Help, We're Experts!

We know you want the best for your new puppy. We also know that life gets busy or you may just not know how to go about properly socializing your new puppy, so they grow up strong of mind and body. Let us help with setting up your home so your puppy doesn’t get into too much trouble while learning the rules, get you started on the path to success with potty training, home alone training, begin to teach basic manners, and impulse control that will lead to a well-behaved, confident adult dog!
 
Worried that your puppy isn’t fully vaccinated? We know that there is concern about disease and keeping your puppy safe is our biggest priority! We take level of vaccination into account for all adventures; we will discuss this in full with you at your consultation.
 
Common puppy “problems” we cover are: house-training, chewing, mouthing and biting, barking, crate and confinement training, and more. Additionally we teach “life skills” that will help your puppy learn to live in your busy human world peacefully. Skills like the basics of sit, down, and come. Also, more complex skills like settling on their bed or mat while you work or eat dinner, leaving alone tempting household items and icky things on the street, or dropping them easily when the temptation is just too much. This is all done with the use of positive, reward based methods backed by scientific research and a strong history of success!

How it Works:

Choose a package that best fits your needs or set up a consultation and we can help you assess your needs!

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Initial Puppy Consultation and Goal Assessment: $125
(Fee can be rolled into Puppy Prep Package)

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One on One Puppy Prep Package $750

Includes a 90 min consultation where we will help you get your home puppy-proofed and set up for success as well as discuss goals for your puppy’s future! Then, 6 one-hour sessions with you and your puppy where we will go on adventures in your home and out-and-about, as well as starting them on the right paw with basic manners. You will learn how to read your puppy’s body language and help them create positive associations to new people, places, and things! A great way to start!

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"While You're Away" Puppy Prep Package $1250

Includes a 90 min consultation where we will help you get your home puppy-proofed and set up for success as well as discuss goals for your puppy’s future! Then, for 6 one-and-a-half-hour sessions and 2 one-hour "show off" sessions we will come to your home while you are at work, busy with the kids, or generally living life, to ensure your puppy is getting the socialization they need and starting off on the right paw with training! We will take them out for adventures and make sure they know what is and what isn’t safe in your home.


After your puppy package is complete, the training doesn’t need to end! We offer multiple packages and sessions to fit your family’s needs.


We at A Canine Affinity love all things puppy! We are experts when it comes to the developmental needs of puppies which includes critical early socialization.

What is Critical Early Socialization?

Well, from about 6 weeks to 5 months of age, puppies are in a critical socialization period where they need to be exposed to loads of new things. This includes lots of people, other animals, environmental stimuli, tactile surfaces, sounds, body handling and more. Many people don’t understand the importance of socialization at this early age as it applies to prevention of aggression and fearful behavior in the future. As we carefully expose our puppies with positive experiences to new things during this time period, their brains actually grow, creating new links to their cerebral cortex, the portion of the brain that creates learning, memory, and perceptual awareness.

Exposure to the most positive experiences will create the most “links” to this portion of the brain helping them to become confident, happy, well socialized adult dogs!

But if you wait too long, those links can no longer be created, and it becomes more difficult for your puppy to create positive associations to new experiences potentially causing fearful behavior in adulthood.

Learn more about the importance of early puppy socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.