How old does my dog need to be and what breeds to you work with?
I train dogs of all breeds, sizes and all ages. In dog-trainer land, I have become known as the puppy and all things “Doodle” specialist, and I’m affectionately called the Doodle Whisperer. Puppies can start my boot camps anywhere from 8-weeks of age to one year. Dogs can start my boot camps at any age. It’s never too late to establish a great state of mind in your pooch! My passion for puppies exists because if we get it right here, at this stage in their development, we get it right for a lifetime! We have one window of opportunity to set the foundation for beneficial and healthy socialization for our pups, and that window is when they are between 8-16 weeks old. This time is critical because your pup’s learning facilities are fully in place and he is a sponge ready to learn all things good. Or conversely, habits can begin to be entrenched that are less than desirable. At Aly’s Puppy Boot Camp, your pup will learn to play and work as we encourage your dog’s desire and ability to work for you. Older dogs are welcome as well in my boot camp programs and benefit immensely from the beneficial socialization that happens in my program. Beneficial Socialization is essential to your dog’s mental well-being. Dogs need to learn how to interact with other dogs in a safe, sane and civilized way. We always expand the skill sets taught, as your dog is ready. Older dogs can add, in addition to all the boot camp basics, impulse control, off-lead work, basic agility, down/stay, and recall as the dog is ready.
How can my puppy get to you?
You can bring the dog to me yourself, or you can contact info@alyspuppybootcamp to see if we can arrange a transport for you, usually it's 1.00 per mile. Dogs can fly into the following airports: Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara. Be sure to contact me and let me help you coordinate travel arrangements.
What if my puppy can’t start training at 8-weeks-old?
What do I need to provide for my pooch for his training program?
2) For puppies, I feed Nutrisource brand Puppy Food. For adult dogs, I feed Nutrisource Adult dog food and Wendy Volhard’s Natural Diet Foundation 2. If you want some other kind of food, please provide enough for the duration of your pup’s stay.
3) For older dogs: Be sure to bring with you copies of all current vaccinations or Titer tests. We must have evidence of these vaccinations or current titer results in our file at the time of arrival.
4) Please provide any medications or supplements that your pooch may need.
What do I need to buy for my puppy?
I will give you a complete list of items that I recommend and use daily. You can even visit my DOG STORE to purchase any item you desire.
Does my puppy get its required shots and meet breeder’s wellness visit requirements?
All puppies under 16-weeks that come into my program go to my vet for a wellness visit, and a continuation of their shot series. Receipts will be provided.
Can you help me select my puppy or dog?
In my Puppy and Dog Picker Consultation I help owners consider traits of a future puppy that should be included in the decision-making process beyond an adorable face. It is my goal to give you the tools you need to help you evaluate your future family member and determine which pooch is best for you in terms of temperament, mind-set, and energy. You decide where you want to get your dog from; then we begin the puppy or dog evaluation and picking process. It is worth the effort to help you find the puppy or dog that’s just the right fit with you and your family’s energy levels and personality. Additionally, my evaluations can be done via Zoom or Facetime if you are unable to be there in person on your assigned Puppy-Pick day! I also assess litters for breeders. (Travel charges apply.)