The experiences your puppy has during it’s first 16 weeks of life will greatly influence the sort of adult dog it grows into. It is important that your puppy interacts with other people, dogs and puppies during this time to help prevent it developing antisocial behaviour.
Puppy preschool is an ideal way to socialise puppies of this age because all the pups attending classes have started their vaccination program and the sessions are moderated by dog trainer who ensures the puppies learn to play nicely. It is preferable to complete the four-week course by the time the puppy is 16 weeks old.
Encourage your puppy to meet new people and dogs under supervision in a ‘clean’ environment such as a backyard (where all dogs that have been in the yard have been vaccinated). Dog parks and beaches should be avoided until 2 weeks after your pup’s final vaccination due to the risk of contagious diseases.
Toilet training involves frequent positive reinforcement rather than punishment. When the pup starts to sniff and circle, and always after eating, playing or sleeping, take the puppy outside to the area you want it to eliminate and stay with it until it does. After the puppy toilets reward him/her with praise and a food treat.
Ignore mistakes because the puppy will not associate any punishment with the mess on the floor.
We run puppy school in clinic on a weekly basis. The class is run by Libby Young of The Sound Hound www.thesoundhound.com.au
Dog training classes are stimulating for dogs and owners! Local training clubs include: