Puppy class: why your baby dog needs to go!

Bingley at 8 weeks.

I have written about socialization and the need for your puppy to experience a wide range of people, places and things before the age of 16 weeks. While you need to be careful about exposing your young dog to the larger dog population (in order to prevent unnecessary exposure to disease), a good puppy class is a terrific place to start your pup on the road to being a well adjusted adult dog for the following reasons:

1) It provides your dog with proper socialization with people and other puppies in a safe*, supervised environment with a positive reinforcement trainer who understands puppy development, canine body language, and the warning signs in puppies.
Huddy at 10 weeks old with Emma

Huddy at 10 weeks old.

2) Puppy class gives owners the support and instruction they need for successful house training, supervision, and management of a young dog.

3) It should also begin to teach core obedience behaviors in a fun way so that the owner and the dog learn to work effectively together and the pup begins to understand impulse control.

 

 

In my puppy classes we start with teaching the puppy to look to the owner for instructions. If your dog doesn’t look at you, it is pretty darn hard to get it to do anything else you want it to. So, focused attention is a biggie. We also learn: sit, down, touch (teaching the dog to touch her nose to your hand), exchanges, name game, and we begin building the foundations for come, loose lead walking, impulse control, and stay.

We want our owners to learn what is normal puppy behavior and what may require additional work or intervention, so puppy specific issues such as biting or mouthiness, jumping, and chewing are covered. We also work on getting your dog comfortable with having her paws handled, being brushed, having her ears examined, etc.
             Your dog is a puppy only once, help him to get the best start on his life as your best friend by giving him instruction, socialization, and experience in a fun and rewarding environment. To find a positive reinforcement trainer in your area check out the trainer’s search on the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
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Bodhi practices his recall in puppy class!

*Make sure they check that all puppies attending are properly vaccinated for their ages, and the facility is clean.

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