Angel & Lily
"We love you mom and are happiest when you are home!"- Karin
Formal obedience training – puppy training in a class situation – can start
anywhere from 9 to 12 weeks of age. Most schools like to see the pup receive a
series of 2 vaccinations given before starting in a class for the pup’s
protection, as well as the protection of all other pups in the class. A
Bordatella (a type of kennel cough) vaccination and negative stool sample also
need to be done beforehand.
Training at home should start the day you bring your puppy home! In the first days
after you bring your puppy home, you do notwant the training to be intense. You
want your training sessions to give your puppy the desire to work with you.
Training at this stage should be done in many little lessons, in short spans
of time (2-5 minutes per session).
Puppies and dogs learn from the instant they are born. At first their world
is small and their learning comes from their mother, other littermates, and the
whelping box (their environment). By the time they are weaned and sent on their
way to new homes, they have learned a vast amount of things – all from their
mom, their littermates, and from any environmental influences they had.
Hopefully, if the pup comes from a reputable breeder (or from a mixed-breed home
with understanding about raising puppies), they have had a good foundation set
for future learning. This is one of the biggest reasons to purchase a pup from
a knowledgeable and reputable breeder.
Learning comprises many factors:
As you are reading this article, YOU are learning, but so is your dog! What
is your dog doing righ this moment? One big thing pups learn is that when your
are busy or distracted, they are free to make their own decisions, good OR
At what age should training start? The answer is “RIGHT AWAY!”
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