Attention, Focus, Impulse Control, and Generalization


This class is designed for older puppies and dogs who have a foundation of basic obedience. This is a 6-week class with a continuing focus on socializing and an extra emphasis on basic and intermediate obedience skills. There will be plenty of on and off-leash supervised playtime with the other puppies since this is still an important time to manage fear and aggression before it becomes a problem. There is no such thing as too much socialization for puppies.

Puppies and dogs between the ages of 6 and 24 months go through a time in their development known to trainers as the “terrible teens.” Similar to the terrible twos and threes in human children, it is important during this phase of development to get a handle on naughty behaviors. In Puppy II class we do intensive basic obedience training to help solidify the skills the dog has already learned, such as, sit, down, come when called, wait, walking on a loose leash, leave it, drop it, and so on. The important thing is to achieve generalization; performing the behavior every time, everywhere. In this class we also introduce and achieve an extended "down stay” and work heavily on intensive impulse control. We will address issues that become more prevalent at this age like jumping up on people and objects, counter-surfing (for the larger puppies) and becoming overly enthusiastic when meeting or greeting people. We want you to have the most well behaved dogs in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, so we have the best dog and puppy training classes Sarasota and Bradenton have to offer!

Then We Move on to Attention and Focus!

In order to gain more control it is imperative to have the older puppy recognize you as the most important person in the room. We will do exercises to help you get and maintain your dog’s attention for extended periods of time. Once you have the dog’s attention you will be able to gain greater control. Our formula is Attention + Focus = Control!

With our “Zen” exercises it is especially helpful to have all the built in distractions of other dogs and people who are attending this great class. Distractions in class will make training at home much easier. This class is really great fun and the puppies and dogs actually look forward to coming and (from what we’re told by clients) get very excited on class day. They can hardly contain themselves on the way to class.

If you have an older puppy with no prior training, and you would like to enroll in this class, a one-time private training session may do the trick of getting your puppy ready for the group class. Otherwise, our Basic Obedience class or Puppy Kindergarten may also be a good fit.  Contact us now – don’t wait one more minute. As puppies age, they become more difficult to control and train.

We can help you with the best puppy classes Sarasota and Bradenton have to offer!

Important Information: Puppies must be current on all vaccinations to attend. Class is given over a six week time span in 1-hour long sessions.