ESSENTIAL PUPPY SOCIALISATION
FROM 8 WEEKS OF AGE
Training your dog starts right from the day you take him into your family. How your dog is introduced to the day to day sights and sounds of the human world can ensure that he doesn't grow up fearful and stressed.
The following pages will give you advice on how to start your puppy training and will guide you through to the obedience lessons that can be taught as your puppy matures.
Training isn't something that is done once a week by visiting a formal class, but is something that should be done daily, in your home, in the park, on your walks etc.
Training should ALWAYS be done with kindness and patience, and never through force or fear. NEVER put your dog under stress during training but be aware of how he is feeling, of he is happy and content, and if not draw back a little and try again later.
Always remember to make it fun, take it at your dogs pace, and always reward him using treats, fuss, praise etc.
Your puppy has a lot to learn -
Getting used to being alone
Avoiding Resource Guarding
Being touched and examined - ears, teeth, paws etc
Be people friendly
Being social with other dogs
First stages of obedience training - sit, come when called and so on
Quite a list isn't it, and these are just a few!!
You can start your socialisation with your puppy as soon as you take it home. Carrying it while introducing it to different situations allows it to learn while having the reassurance of being held although the frequent stops you will have to make as people want to make a fuss of your new family member will make your trips longer than usual!
Socialisation is an essential part of your pups education, and can set the stage for the type of dog it will grow up to be. It is well worth investing a bit of time and effort in the early days and building on it to make sure you have a happy and confident dog. On the following pages we will give you information on the essential training needed to help your puppy grow into a confident and well mannered adult dog.
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A guide for starting your puppy's learning and easing him into coping with the human world