Puppy Training

EXPOSURE

It is best to start training your puppy between 8-10 weeks of age. From 8-16 weeks old is a very critical time in the puppy’s development, as they learn about the world around them. During this time the puppy should be exposed to as many environments as possible. The way they are introduced to “the world” at this young age will impact their personality for the rest of the dog’s life. This exposure should be done in a controlled manner to protect the puppy from illness, as young puppies do not have a developed immune system and have not yet received all of their vaccinations.

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SOCIALIZATION AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS

One noteworthy aspect of exposure is socialization. As with young children, puppies need to spend time learning how to communicate and interact with their peers, as well as other people. Puppies are not born knowing how to interact with other dogs or people, they must be taught.These skills are much harder to learn at a later age, and dogs that do not learn socializationat a young age often develop either fear of and/or aggression towards strangers/other animals.

BASIC MANNERS AND POTTY TRAINING

When we talk about basic manners, we are learning the fundamentals of how to behave at home, including biting/nipping, chewing things, jumping, housebreaking, etc. We must remember that at this age (during teething), curious young puppies naturally use their mouths to explore new things. While this behavior is natural, it must be corrected before nipping becomes biting.

At this young age, it is hard for puppies to “hold it.” This means it is very important to take them outside often to “do their business.”

At Paw Palace, we love puppies! We believe that this is the most important stage in a dog’s life, as his character is being shaped. We would love to help you get your new puppy off to a great start as the newest member of your family.