Helping new puppies become great dogs
Bringing home a new puppy is a joyful time, but between potty training, teething, and household destruction, there’s a ton to try to figure out!
Frolic Pup is here to help.
With over 15 years of dog training experience – and a special concentration on all things puppy – Frolic Pup trainer Victoria Schade understands how puppies learn, and what makes them tick. Through a series of fun, straightforward, easy-to-follow training sessions, you and your new puppy will learn how to navigate the world as a team, and with your guidance your puppy will grow into a well-mannered dog that you can be proud of!
5 Week Program
Every dog, no matter how big or small, should understand the foundation of household manners. Frolic Pup makes it easy for you and your puppy by bringing the classroom right to your home!
The focus for this 5-week program is having fun while getting results. Each one-hour session builds upon the previous session, and progresses at an individualized pace that allows you to be successful.
We typically cover the following (sessions can be customized):
Go to bed/crate
Q&A for your most pressing puppy problems
EASY POTTY PRIMER
One of the biggest challenges of puppy parenthood is helping your new best friend understand where he’s supposed to potty. This single session overview of the do’s and don’ts of housetraining will help take the mystery out of the process. We’ll tackle trouble-shooting, myth busting and problem-solving for your unique household situation, and then together fine-tune the process to set you on the path for a lifetime of potty training success!
TAME THOSE TEETH
Did you bring home a puppy or a piranha? Puppy nipping and teething is a predictable rite of passage, but it’s a painful one that most people would prefer to pass through quickly. This single session gives you coping strategies and solutions to help deal with your puppy’s nonstop nipping. By the end of the session you’ll have a better understanding of why your dog’s youthful mouthing is actually a good thing, and how to quickly and effectively redirect the nipping.
Have you heard of clicker training?
Clicker training turns training into a game, which is important since puppies have shorter attention spans. But it’s also incredibly effective. You can use a clicker to teach the basics like sit, down and come, but it’s also great for more advanced stuff, like dealing with aggression or anxiety. (Hopefully you won’t have to worry about that!)
The clicker serves as a marker and lets your puppy know when he has performed the exact right behavior. You then follow up with a food reward to reinforce the behavior. The clicker is a behavior building tool, so it gets used a ton during initial sessions, but don’t worry, you won’t have to carry it around forever!
Frolic Pup firmly believes that there’s never a reason to train with pain, so we don’t use choke collars, prong collars, e-collars, hands-on corrections or any type of interactions that could damage the bond you have with your dog. Modern, science-based dog-friendly training relies on using your brain, not pain!
Victoria Schade is an award winning dog trainer, author and speaker known for her upbeat approach to living and working with dogs. She won a Dog Writer’s Association of America Maxwell Medallion for her groundbreaking puppy training DVD, “New Puppy! Now What?” Her first book, “Bonding With Your Dog; A Trainer’s Secrets for Building a Better Relationship” was also nominated for a Maxwell. Her latest book, “Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog” was published in 2014.
Victoria has worked with Animal Planet for ten years as the lead animal trainer on the channel’s popular Puppy Bowl special, and appeared as a co-host on the program “Faithful Friends” during its two-season run. She’s worked with puppies and adult dogs behind the scenes on a variety of commercials and specials, like the Smithsonian Channel’s program, “Animals Aloft.”
She’s a frequent resource for the media, including the CBS Early Show, The View, WEtv, and Fox. Victoria has contributed to The Washington Post, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Bark, and many dog-specific publications. She currently serves as a pet expert for Pet360.com and PetMD, writing training and behavior content and appearing in educational videos.
Victoria at Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl with a funny looking puppy.