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Socializing Your Puppy In A Time Of Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant affects on all of our social lives. From quarantine, to limits on gatherings, reduced capacity at restaurants and businesses, social distancing, and other regulations, everything is far from normal. But have you considered the affect that it has had on the social life of our furry friends, too? You may be surprised to know that it affects animals in a similar way that it affects humans. They have not been getting to run around the dog park like normal, no pets from strangers, less human interaction, the list goes on. If he was used to going to doggy day care multiple times a week, that has likely stopped too, with many people working from home now. So, how can you help your dog to continue working on his social skills and be happy during this time? We’re diving into why dogs need socialization, and some tips to get started.  

The Need for Socializing 

Puppies need exposure to new situations, happenings, and threats to boost their self-confidence and courage. Socialization does not necessarily mean overwhelming dogs with unpleasant sounds, crowds, and experiences. 

They need to be conversant with different meaningful sounds, situations, places, etc. However, some of these might be difficult to accomplish during this period of social distancing. Still, there are ways we can effectively socialize our puppies around our homes. 

Tips for Socializing 

  • Take your puppy for strolls

 Once in a while, take the puppy out for walks. It could be around the compound or outside your gate. It gives the dog opportunity to meet different people, different buildings, a new environment (especially for a puppy that has not left the gate since birth), hears new sounds, responds to new experiences, etc. It is an excellent form of socializing for that period. 

  • Expose them to healthy threats

 You can organize threats for the puppy, either by playing strange sounds on your phone or introducing them to a close family friend. Watch the way they react to the sounds or people. 

It prepares their minds and instincts towards situations like that later on. They shouldn’t just be left inside a four-walled enclosed house all the time just because they are not humans.

  • Arrange puppy play dates

 As a puppy owner, you must meet with other puppy owners around you. Interact with them and discuss bringing your puppies together to play. Vaccinate your puppy and ensure the other party does the same to theirs, then the families, too, should maintain good hygiene on such meetings to avoid the spread of diseases. 

The playdates assist the dog’s sense of interaction with its kind, and it also allows the owner to understand so many things about their puppies.

  • Enroll them for dog classes

 Dog training classes are good ways to socialize your puppy. It is a safe method too because it is hosted by expert trainers who take the necessary steps and precatuions to avoid the spread of diseases among dogs and their owners. Your puppy gets to interact with other puppies and dogs. The experts also train the dogs for self-confidence, balance, and courage to face situations.

Contact Argos Dog Training

If you’re looking for a trusted dog trainer in the Boston area, you can count on Argos Dog Training. We offer a variety of group dog training classes to get your furry friend socialized while learning new skills. Checkout our list of training classes here and contact us today to get started!


8 Dog Park Safety Tips

Taking your dog to the dog park can be an enjoyable outing for both of you. However, there are some important safety tips you’ll need to follow, especially if you are newer to visiting the dog park.

Prep Your Pup

The first thing to consider before visiting the dog park is whether your dog is ready. Make sure your dog can follow commands in a distracting environment. If your dog seems to struggle with this, taking a group training class before venturing to the park may be beneficial. 

Leave the Toys at Home

This may seem counterintuitive – aren’t you going to the dog park to play? – but it is usually better to leave the dog toys at home. Dogs sometimes get very territorial about their toys and you don’t want to have an issue with another dog over a favorite toy. If you really feel like you should bring something, do not bring favorite toys and bring multiples to share if you can.

Time Your First Visit Strategically

If it is your first visit to the dog park, try and go during a non-peak time. Let your pup get used to the surroundings without a bunch of other dogs around. Usually early in the morning, later in the evening, or during a weekday when others may be at work are the best times to visit. 

Watch Your Dog for Warnings

Be sure to watch for warning signs that they are stressed or uncomfortable – and keep your eye on any other dogs as well. If you see any other dogs exhibiting non-desirable behaviors, or your dog is acting up, be ready to head home.

Limit Your Visit

Don’t plan on spending all day at the dog park. While a 30-60 minute visit is fun, spending too much time at the dog park can be overwhelming for your dog, which may bring out undesirable behaviors. 

Don’t Get Distracted

No matter how many times you’ve visited the dog park, there are likely to be new dogs and unique situations every time you go. If you are distracted by your phone, a book, or another person – you may be too late to stop an unfortunate situation with your dog. Make sure you are keeping watch on your dog at all times.

Consider a Membership Dog Park

If there is only a public dog park in your area, that is probably better than nothing. However, the ones that require a membership or entrance fee will likely be cleaner. Additionally, these parks sometimes require vaccination records, which can give you some peace of mind.

Clean up After Your Dog & Yourself.

No matter what kind of park you visit, be sure to clean up after your dog as well as yourself. If everyone does their part, your dog park will be a much nicer place for all. 

Contact Argos Dog Training

Enjoy your visit to the dog park! Dog socialization is an important aspect of dog ownership and a dog park is a great place to give your pup everything he or she needs to be happy and healthy. If after your visit to the dog park, you realize that your dog has some behavior issues that need to be addressed, contact Argos Dog Training for private or group sessions. We’ll be glad to help! Fill out an online form or give us a call at 617-302-7467


How are Private Training Sessions Beneficial For Your Dog?

Training a new pup can be an overwhelming and time-consuming venture. Luckily – dog classes and training can help make the process easier, especially if this is your first time. But for many families, committing to weeks of classes can be impossible. Private training sessions, even though they are more expensive, maybe the solution. There are several advantages to private training sessions for both you and your dog that make the cost worth it. 

Flexibility in Scheduling

If you have a hectic schedule, it may seem like there isn’t time to join a more traditional training class. However, private trainers may be able to offer a bit more flexibility if your schedule requires it. 

Sometimes, timing isn’t necessarily the issue, but traveling to a lesson, waiting there, and traveling home can create a burden for your family. Since many private trainers will come to your home instead, it can free up other members of your family to tackle other things while one pet caregiver attends the session with the trainer. 

Health Considerations

Private training lessons can be incredibly beneficial if you or your pet has significant health issues. If an owner has restricted mobility or any other health problems that might make it difficult or impossible to attend a training session, travel to and from that session, or participate within the session itself. Private lessons in this scenario have an additional benefit in that the trainer can also suggest any modifications to the home that the owner can do to make managing their dog’s behavior easier. 

Specific Learning Styles

If you’ve tried a class before and struggled to remember and implement what you learned, it may have been a difference in learning style. While you could keep trying different group classes, hoping something will stick, it may be easier and less expensive to spring for private lessons. A private trainer can modify his or her approach to what works best for you and your pet. 

Custom Training Program

When you hire a private trainer, they will develop a personalized program for you and your dog. The trainer can tailor the training and expectations of progress to you and your dog specifically. For example, maybe you’ve already trained your dog to sit and fetch, but what you really need is help to get him or her to greet guests without jumping on them or to bark less when someone knocks on the door. A private trainer will be able to assess your individual situation and build appropriate lesson plans and timelines for your unique situation. 

Sign up for Private Sessions at Argos Dog Training

There are many advantages to private training for both you and your dog. Unless you specifically need help socializing your pup, there are few things you can’t get from private lessons that you could from a group class. When you factor in convenience and customization, the benefits far outweigh the added cost. We offer private one-on-one dog training sessions at Argos Dog Training in Boston. Get in contact with us today to learn more and sign up! 


Tips to Prepare Your Dog for Normal Life After Quarantine

Most of our daily lives have been interrupted drastically as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, creating new routines and a new sense of “normal” for us. While this may have been difficult for some of us to adjust to, it’s equally as important to think about how it’s affected our pets. A lot of pets love the extra company, even though they’re not used to having you around all the time. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it won’t last forever, and your dog needs to be prepared for when the time comes that you return to your normal schedule. As stay-at-home orders are lifting across the country, and the plan for Massachusetts to reopen has been announced, it’s time to start getting your pet used to you not being around 24/7. Here are some tips that you can follow for the adjustment period. 

Take Time Apart

Beginning to decrease the time that you’re spending with your dog is crucial before you have to return to your schedule completely. You can start with small increments, even of 15 or 20 minutes. Working in these intervals will get your dog comfortable being alone again, while you reinforce the idea to him that you’ll be coming back. This is especially important for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. Additionally, you’ll want to cut back on being overly affectionate with your dog, so they don’t become dependent on you. 

Provide Your Dog With Distractions

When you do leave your dog, even if it’s just for short periods of time at first, you’ll want to make sure he’s not bored. Boredom combined with separation anxiety can be a disaster for any dog. If you leave your dog with chew toys or puzzle toys, this will typically keep them occupied while they’re alone. 

Crate Training

This is especially important if you adopted or bought a new puppy during the quarantine. Getting him used to being in the crate, for however long he will be once you return to normal life, is essential. Just like with the alone time, you can easy into it. If you’re going to be returning to 8 hour work days soon, start off by training him for a few hours a day in the crate. You can then work your way up to full 8 hour days with him. 

Sign up for Dog Training & Structured Daycare Programs

If you’ll be returning to your normal routine soon and are worried about how your pet will adjust, it may be helpful to bring in a professional trainer. At Argos Dog Training, we offer structured daycare programs that will keep your dog occupied while you’re at work, and also give him the opportunity to learn important new skills and commands. Interested in learning more? Get in contact with us today! Fill out an online form or give us a call at 617-302-7467 to set up a consultation and we’ll help determine the best solution for your dog! 


6 Things You Need to Have When Bringing a New Puppy Home

While the current situation with COVID-19 has been a challenging one in many ways, there is one silver lining; Many people are adopting puppies and dogs from shelters when they needed it the most! If you’ve recently brought home a furry friend or are getting ready to, it’s a very exciting time. However, it’s important to remember that it’ll also be a great responsibility, and there are several things you need to do to prepare. Having these 6 items on hand will help to make it an easier transition for you and your new dog!

Dog Food

This one may seem obvious, but arguably the most important. Since many stores are physically closed, you’ll likely be ordering pet food online. Shipping may be delayed, so to be safe you’ll want to order this as soon as possible. Many experts recommend that you start him off with whatever food he was already eating, and then wean them onto food of your choosing. Your puppy will be going through a lot of changes at once, so keeping his food as a constant in his life at first can help with the transition period. 

Leash & Collar

Getting your dog used to wearing a leash and collar early will help immensely in the long run. Even if you’re not going on as many walks as you normally would be at this time, he should still get used to wearing it. Start by having him wear it around the house to get comfortable. There may be some whining or tugging at first, but he’ll eventually get used to it and learn how to properly walk on a leash. 


It’s no surprise that puppies love to chew on things! Avoid having your shoes or furniture chewed up by having plenty of fun stuffed toys, rubber toys, rope toys, and more on hand. He may still get into some of your belongings, but this will help to prevent that as much as possible!


Teaching your dog that the crate is a safe space and encouraging him to use it as one will help him develop good feelings towards it. Using the crate as a punishment will make him think of it as a bad place, which will be hard to change in the future. Having set crate time during the day, even if you’re working from home at the time being, will help to set him up on a schedule from the beginning. 


Training your dog from a young age will be much easier than teaching an old dog new tricks. Having treats on hand to help with the training process is key! Use treats as a positive reinforcement when teaching him commands such as sit, stay, and come. Dogs respond well to treats so it’ll be a win-win for you both! 

Dog Bed

This may not be essential, but your new furry friend will certainly appreciate having somewhere comfortable to sleep and nap! It’ll help him to feel at home in his new space. Making your dog feel as safe and comfortable as possible will help make the transition easier.

Contact Argos Dog Training For Assistance

If you’ve recently brought home a new puppy and have any questions at all, the experts at Argos Dog Training are here to help! We provide one-on-one training sessions, and have additional teaching tools and resources to help you be the best new dog parent you can be. Check out some of our other tips here to keep your dog entertained while stuck at home. Give us a call today at  617-302-7467 or fill out an online contact form to get started.

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