New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

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Puppy Start Right Preschool Classes  The BEST way to prevent puppy problems is to get your puppy enrolled in a puppy socialization class while he or she is between 7-12 weeks of age!

Ultimate  A wonderful website for new puppy owners!  Pair this website with a Puppy Start Right Preschool Classes and you will be the most informed puppy owner and well on your way to having a behaviorally healthy dog for a lifetime!  And if you are unable to join us for Puppy Class, following the information on this website will still give you a great chance of preventing problems and bringing your puppy to lifetime behavioral health!

Great Advice from the Blog!

  1. The First Thing to Teach Your Puppy
  2. The Second Thing to Teach Your Puppy
  3. Impulse Control, Impulse Control, Impulse Control
  4. Puppies Need an Off Switch!
  5. Meeting the World

House Training and Crate Training Collection  For the best ways to housetrain your pup click here !  We have all the best info including an outstanding free webinar course, great handouts and blog posts from the best experts on our housetraining webpage!

Puppy Resources Collection


The Learn to Earn Program or NILIF!  This program is the perfect foundation to get your puppy training off to the right start!  Teach your puppy how to say "Please" with the Learn to Earn Program or "Nothing in Life is Free" Training.  Starting your puppy off right will prevent a world of problems later!


Loose Leash Walking is a highly desirable skill you will want your new puppy to learn.


The Magic of Chew Toys!  Dont waste your puppy's meals by feeding out of a bowl!  Use puppy food to fill chew toys to provide hours of fun and entertainment.  Learn how to make safe chew toys to satisfy your puppy's natural urge to chew by using food dispensing toys.



Puppy Socialization: Stop Fear Before it Starts An informative Blog entry from Dr. Sophia Yin and Veterinarian and Animal Behaviorist.


Socialization is Behavioral Vaccination


Deer Run's Puppy Socialization Handout


Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog A fantastic resource to start your pup out right.  Teaches how dogs learn so that you can learn the most effective ways to teach them.  A highly recommended book published by Karen Pryor's  Click this link to learn more and to purchase the kindle version.  Paperback copies are available for sale at Deer Run.


Podcast: Debbie Martin Reads Selections from her book PuppyStart Right  a podcast about the enormous benefits of puppy socialization.  Socialization is like vaccinating against behavior problems later in life!  


Perfect Puppy in 7 Days authored by Veterinarian and Behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin.  Click here to purchase from one of the BEST puppy training books around.  Dr. Yin gives an easy step by step plan to raise your puppy the right way!  Easy to read and fun.  Highly recommended!!

AFTER You Get Your Puppy.pdf from veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar, a FREE downloadable E-book cover housesoiling, destructive chewing, barking, separation anxiety, socialization, handling, puppy biting, bite-inhibition and preventing other problems.  


Dog Star Daily Digital Dog Training Textbook  This free digital textbook takes you step by step through getting and training your new dog or puppy.


Preventing Aggression Over Possessions and Food in Your Puppy by Joan Orr & Teresa Lewin of Doggone Safe.  You may have heard that you should practice "taking food away" from your pup, or putting your hand in your pup's dish while he eats.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Instead teach your dog good things happen when people approach. 



PUPPY BITING & NIPPING IS A COMMON PROBLEM  Sometimes the best method to stop this normal and common behavior is to freeze and ignore it. Your puppy will walk away if you are boring and refuse to interact with this annoying behavior. Punishment will make the problem worse.  Consider re-directing the behavior to something else.  Here are some handouts with more tips.


Everything You Need to Know to Handle Puppy Biting!  A great resource of training techniques, management ideas and videos from the best experts in puppy training and socialization!


Puppy Biting Solved!   Great advice by Karen Pryor Academy trainer and faculty member, Laurie Luck


Puppies who need the most...or much ado about Nipping  Trainer Sarah Owings helps explain why puppies nip and what you can do about it.


DDFL Normal Puppy Behavior: Nipping Tips on how to deal with normal puppy behavior!


The Doggone Safe Blog--How to stop Puppy Biting!  Click for  lots of tips on puppy biting and helpful videos included on this on this blog! A great 6 part series with lots of information and videos


Dog Training check out our web page that we have devoted entirely to great resources on dog training with links to the best information on positive techniques in dog training.


Kikopup YouTube Channel Videos  Great puppy and dog training tips can be found on these videos from Kikopup!  Video examples of how to use positive training methods.


How to Select a Local Dog Trainer for Your Puppy  This link will help you find a trainer right for you and your puppy and provides our recommendations for positive trainers in our area.


Ten Quick Dog Training Tips  From Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist, Dr. Lisa Radosta.  Before you start training memorize these simple rules and apply them to everything you are training your pup to do.  Remember to find your puppy's currency" (food treat or reward).  When training something new and difficult remember your treats need to be especially delicious and special. 


What is Your Puppy's Currency?  More tips from Dr. Radosta to help you pick your pup's currency to learn to earn. 


Teaching Your Puppy the Right Way to Play!  Click this link for a great handout on Teaching Your Puppy the Right Way to Play!  Tips for controlling rough play behavior.  Teach your puppy how to play  the "Monkey in the Middle" game.  This game will teach your puppy how to sit for attention, name recognition, and how to come when called. 


Why Punishment Fails; What Works Better  Punishment teaches an animal what you don't want it to do, but fails to teach it what you expect it to do.  There is a better way.  Click  this link to learn more.


Not Coming When Called Does your puppy do this?  Here are some tips on fixing this from the American Humane Association.


How to Teach Your Dog to Come When Called! All pups need to learn this! Dr. Sophia Yin teaches us how it is done in one of her blog entries.


Doggy Friendly Vet Visits  There is no better time than puppyhood to teach your dog to enjoy coming to the vet clinic, visit our webpage and before your pup's first visit to find out more.


Doggy Nail Trims  It is important to start teaching your pup to enjoy nail trims early in life.  Handle your puppy's paws and remember to offer positive rewards for this.  No matter if you decide to trim nails at home, or bring your pup to a groomer or vet for trims, acclimating to paw handling at home is important. Click on our web page to learn more about nail trimming training for people and dogs!



Puppy Information Library from the San Francisco SPCA Great handouts to help you and your new puppy live in harmony in your home. Pet Basics Handouts   Your life with your puppy can, and should, bring you true joy! Learn basic puppy training and behavior information with the handouts provided by Open Paw, as well as solutions to common problems.

Sirius Dog Training Behavior Blueprints  This link from Dr. Ian Dunbar's Sirius Dog Training website has some great Behavior Blueprint Handouts on common puppy behavior problems. 

OSU's Puppy Prep School From The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Indoor Pet Initiative's Puppy Prep School this link has info on puppy issues such as socialization, crate & house training, veterinary visits, basic manners, mouthy behaviors, puppy classes, and warning signs of problem behaviors.



Dog Star Daily This is a fabulous behavior website from Dr. Ian Dunbar, a world renowned veterinarian and dog trainer.  You will find lots of behavior training information  and videos here with frequent updates and new material.  A highly recommended site!  Many tips to help your pet become a well behaved member of your family.


DON'T FORGET TO SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PUPPY!  If you need to know Y2-Spay & Neuter click here!  These surgeries not only have behavior benefits but health benefits as well.  Be sure to have your puppy spayed and neutered!