Why Puppy School?
WHY PUPPY SCHOOL?
To give your puppy a great start and teach you how to bond with your puppy for life.
Socialisation is the phase of learning during which puppies form relationships with other dogs, animals and people.
Young puppies that are exposed to a variety of positive influences are better adjusted than those who grow up in a closed environment.
11 basic exercises/commands are taught and the classes incorporate social exercises, educational talks and fun games.
Rules and boundaries in the family pack are covered, challenging behaviours, safety, nutrition, health care and parasites.
The course takes 6 weeks and you get two course cycles to complete your 6 week course.
Each lesson is an hour long.
When can puppies attend puppy school?
From as early 8 weeks of age, once the first round of vaccinations have taken place.
[5 months is the cut off for puppy school]
This is the best possible time to expose your puppy to everything that they need to get used to, to fit into their “parents’” world:
• Different kinds of people (races, age groups, men and women and children)
• Strange objects (bicycles, skateboards, balloons, hats, prams)
• Other animals (including other puppies, adult dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, horses, livestock)
• Strange noises (television, radio, vacuum cleaners, traffic, lawn mowers)
• Funny smells (perfumes, car exhausts, fires, exotic foods and cleaning agents).
For some dogs, missing this ‘window of opportunity’ can lead to a life time of fear and possibly aggression. Even though it is important to continue to expose your dog to as many things as possible throughout adolescence, this early period is seen as perhaps the most important.
Many people still think that their puppy is too young or unable to attend Puppy School at this age because of the threat of infectious diseases. However Puppy Schools are specifically designed as a way to meet the vital need for exposure and socialisation in a clean, safe, supervised environment.
But that is only part of Puppy School. Probably the most important aspect of Puppy School is to equip the puppy parent, with the skills and knowledge to make their puppy a pleasure to live with for the rest of their life. You will learn the skills to train your puppy and to properly take care of your best friend.
Training Tip :
Desensitising your puppy/adopted dog to a collar/lead/harness.
Place the equipment on your puppy/adopted dog and use treats to make it a positive experience.
A great time to practice this is just before you are about to feed them their meals. This creates a positive association, as most dogs are very happy when they are eating.
As soon as they have finished their meal then take the equipment off before they start scratching or chewing at it.
Keep it positive.
By Belinda Bolte
1-2-1 Personal Puppy and Dog Training
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