Camp Callahan



CLICK HERE to see a video of  Benny at camp! You'll see us training at Lowe's, where he got happy exposure to friendly strangers and a very different space. Bonus of that kind of field trip: pup learns that listening to cues (sit, down, stay) pays off everywhere, and not just at home.

Snapshots from Camp

Sweet Benny spent four hours at Camp Callahan every day while his family was on vacation for a week, and we had a ball. He got to meet people in different contexts -- like the farmer's market, Lowe's, the Variety Store, Belle View Shopping Center, and my neighborhood. Everywhere we went, we did a little fun training.  Finally, he also got to hang out with the Callahan dogs -- wrestling, napping and training. A week like that during a pup's socialization period lasts forever! 


Puppy Socialization

Day Camp

I'd love to help socialize your puppy while that magic socialization window is still open!


Of course, you've read about how important that is. Gentle, positive exposure to the wider world in this sensitive phase (before 16 weeks) has a permanent impact, resulting in a much more confident and relaxed adult dog.


If you're feeling a little panic that the clock is ticking and you can't find the time to do much of this with your new puppy, let me help. (Watch the video on this page!) I can take your pup for four-hour sessions that'll include:

* FIELD TRIPS. With my pouch full of yummy treats, my happy voice and my eyes focused on your puppy's body language, we might . . . sit outside a coffee shop and meet people, go inside a store, hang out near a playground with running/yelling kids, and walk on a busy sidewalk where we hear the sounds of traffic. Note: All of this is carefully calibrated to your pup's comfort level! Tossing a puppy into any old new situation is NOT socialization. The key is to be ready to guide the puppy through and make sure the experience is positive. 

* DOGGY PLAY. There will be happy exposure to my own dogs, with play / wrestling / running / group walks / napping happening as desired!

* TRAINING. Throughout, we'll do some confidence-building training. We'll work on eye contact, sit, touch, spin, stay, and down.

Even one session like this will have a positive impact! Ideally, though, we'd fit in a handful before your pup hits 16 weeks. 

1 session = $200

3 sessions = $500

5 sessions = $750

Keep in mind this might be great enrichment if you're going on vacation and your pet-sitter isn't quite up for the 24/7 challenge of puppyhood!