Puppy Training is a crucial part to your new additions life. It lays down the foundation for how it will learn to behave and cope in everyday life. This will include how it reacts to people, other dogs, traffic, objects and animals etc.
You have up until the puppy is 20 weeks of age where it can cope really well with new things so exposure to as many new experiences is absolutely crucial to ensure your pup develops into a well balanced happy dog.
The habituation process should start with the breeder.
What you should look out for when buying a puppy from a breeder:
- Is the mother of the pups present when you go to view?
- What health checks have been done? Hips, elbows and eyes are the most well known, for some breeds some other extensive testing may have been carried out.
- Do the pups look healthy
- Are they kept in the house or in a kennel outside?
- Do they have many other breeding bitches – multiple litters etc.
- Can the breeder give you breeding history of the mother? How many litters and how often has she had them? What age was her first litter?
- Are the pups kept clean?
- What habituation has the breeder carried out? Desensitisation is essential from a very young age. Bringing up a litter of puppies in a home will help the puppy to settle into its new home. They should have been subjected to the following:
- Being handled regularly by different people
- Been subjected to everyday noises around the home e.g. telephone, vaccuum, washing machine, dishwasher, television, radio etc.
- Meeting new people
- Spending some time in the garden
- Being allowed to explore new surroundings
- What age are the puppies going to their new homes? 8 weeks is the best age for pups to move on. By this stage they have learnt some behaviours through mixing with their littermates and from the mother. including bite inhibition.
- When choosing the puppy for your family a good breeder should have a good understanding of each of the puppies personalities within the litter. they should have a good understanding of your situation and should help you to choose the puppy that will best suit your circumstances
The list is endless but the list above covers the main aspects of good breeding.
When you bring your pup home it is essential to start as you mean to go on. Some breeders may have introduced a crate to the puppies as crate training can be really beneficial. Puppies and dogs like to have their own space and if introduced correctly they will feel very safe and secure within the crate. If you can before you even bring your puppy home give the breeder an item of clothing etc that she can put in with the puppies and then you can bring this item home with you to put in your puppy’s crate to help them settle. They will be familiar with your scent and it will also have the scent of its litter mates on it. Don’t just shut your puppy in the crate make it nice and cosy and start off by leaving the door open and putting some food in their either a handful of treats or you can feed your puppy its meals in the crate. Leave the door open initially then gradually start shutting the door. Take your time but you will be surprised at how quickly you can achieve having your puppy settle in the crate if the training is done correctly.
You can start clicker training immediately from when you bring your puppy home this will help to shape the behaviours.
Most breeders will have had the puppy’s first vaccination done and they should also have had the microchip done. They will give you the paperwork to have the microchip transferred into your name.
Get in contact with your vet to make an appointment for a health check and to organise your pups final vaccination. There are varying types of vaccines, some are done two weeks apart others are done 4 weeks apart.
As soon as your pup has had its final vaccine you can then start puppy classes. If you leave classes until they are older than 20 weeks this can be problematic. They can be very fearful of coming into a new place and can bark and react to other dogs. No matter what breed all dogs should be socialised as soon as they are able to go out for walks. Finding a suitable puppy class that only uses reward based training is essential.
Our puppy classes have been designed to help you teach your puppy to learn through shaping their natural behaviours. We encourage clicker training. We help with lots of problems including play biting, house training, jumping up etc. We can advise on diets. Training treats and the training accessories to use.
Our training is relaxed and we want you to make new friends and for your puppy to make friends too. They should have good positive experiences when they attend puppy training.
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Photos below are some of the puppies that have trained with us