Puppy Training in Phoenix

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Hi everyone - I am looking for puppy training for Enzo in June/July timeframe. We are socializing him but not taking him to dog parks/petsmart/etc until he gets his third series of shots per the vet. Parvo season hits Dobbies hard here in Phoenix until June(ish). In the meantime, lots of meet and greets at my place, around the front of the house and hanging out at Lowes/Homedepot in the cart with me. A local obedience training recommended it as the sounds and people help a lot. And he did great yesterday. Also we live on a golf course so he gets to see people and equipment sounds all day long

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HI Enzo's Mom.. looking forward to some pictures of this little guy..

Golf course.. We live on one too and were absolutely thrilled at the thought of biking on the cart trails and of course all that wonderful openness.. Be a little careful of the chemicals they use on the greens. We did some investigating and the greens keepers use rodenticide and another truly vile substance...We keep her off the actual greens, but after they water the grounds it leaches to the other parts of the course. I wash Sofia's feet with Listerine and water when she comes in from a romp, as she's forever washing them, and I'm fearful of her ingesting something toxic. Also,.. I have a freind living in Phoenix, and she takes her dogs to Snake Avoidance training. Have you heard of this in your area? Worth a try?

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Thanks for the info...my Aussie and I walked down the course to South Mountain when we go hiking. We always wash off afterwards too. Snake training...haven't done it but my neighbors do plus vaccine. I don't let me Aussie off leash but could use the training myself. We haven't been on the mountain as much so probably wait until the fall. Got my hands full with Enzo....oh my. Trying to figure out my problem with downloading photos too ... hoping it is just my iPad.

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The rattlesnake vaccine will buy you time and could save your dog's life.  I would certainly consider it if rattlesnakes are in my area.  When I lived at home with my parents, our neighbors did the rattlesnake training and I hear it is very effective.

I just bought a new home and I need to speak to the neighbors about rattlesnakes and other creatures I need to keep an eye out for.

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How do you rattlesnake train? We have them in our area.

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You have to get a professional trainer to rattlesnake train.  I would not do it myself since they use a positive punishment (something unpleasant happens when the dog goes near the snake (which has been de-fanged)). I've seen it done, and I don't know if I agree with the methods they use, but it worked.  There were quite a few dogs bitten by rattlesnakes in our neighborhood, so people either dug down deep fences, did the vaccine, or did the training.  And then I think the trainers have to occasionally come back and remind the dogs once a year.... 

Weigh your options, the vaccine has some side effects, the fence isn't fool proof, but the training is not a fun experience either.

In my opinion, keep your dogs by your side and have a rock solid recall.   This could always save a life (in more situations than one) and is a much more rewarding and fun to train.