At Some Point, The Behavior Was Allowed

At some point the behavior was allowed. At some point the behavior was encouraged. Whatever the behavior is that we want to change in our dog, the first step is realizing that at some point our dog heard us say “Yes!”

True, we might not have actually said it, but in our inaction that’s what we communicated.
Because we let the puppy wander into another room and go potty, and it was another five minutes before we figured out what happened: the puppy heard “yes.”
Because we let the young dog jump up on us for a moment (I know, I know, it was only for a SECOND!) and we gave them affection for it: our dog heard “yes.”
I can’t tell you how many dogs I’ve met that can hold the worlds longest sit stay in their house right before dinner. Any other time, it’s a hopeless cause. Why is that? Because we rehearsed it, we practiced it and the dog has a very clear idea of what the “yes” looks like.
Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes a behavior has been going on for a long time and we will have to tell our dog “no.” But after that, once we move closer to the behavior that we want, let us always remember to tell our dog “yes.”

It’s Puppy Season!!!

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Ah, smell that in the air? It’s the distinct, crisp smell of a brand new season. Spring? No. PUPPY SEASON!

With the promise of beautiful weather and a summer full of trips to the dog beach, getaways on the pup-friendly Vineyard, and busy social hours at the park, this season of new beginnings has become a season of new puppies for a lot of Boston.

Welcoming a new puppy into the home is a fun and rewarding experience for the entire family, and can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. But with a new puppy comes a wealth of new responsibilities. Potty training, obedience training, grooming…It’s all up to you! Luckily, here at the Urban Hound, we realize this can be overwhelming.

We’re here to help!

No matter what you want to tackle first, the Urban Hound is ready to be your first stop this puppy season. From training to grooming to simply wearing your puppy out, we’ve got you covered.

Right now, our spa is offering the Boston Strong Pupgrade, which will get your dog ready for Marathon Day with a fresh new cut and a sharp celebratory bandana.

And as always, our Urban Hound University is offering Puppy K, as well as a Puppy Socialization class on Saturdays. Check out our Events page for the latest.