Puppy Training and Socialisation
6 to 12 weeks of age is an extremely important developmental period in a puppy’s life.
During this time the foundation of many behavioural patterns are laid down, which will greatly influence how the adult dog will react to the world around them, including:
- the environment (buses, bikes, vacuum cleaners, travelling in a car, strange objects and sounds, and unfamiliar locations, for example)
- new activities
- children, adults and other animals
If a puppy experiences positive interactions in a wide range of circumstances, a confident, self-assured dog is often the result.
On the other hand, if a puppy is of an already timid disposition, and has little or no exposure to many of the things he or she will encounter in the outside world, an anxious, easily stressed, fearful and / or reactive dog is the more likely outcome.
And once these and similar behaviours become established, they can be very difficult to overcome.
One of the best ways for a puppy to build confidence, learn how to socialise properly, and respond appropriately to commands, is to attend training classes regularly from 8 weeks of age.*
Only positive, reward based methods should be used.
Giving Vince the Vet Veterinary Formula Fears and Anxieties before, during and after training (and also for ‘new events’ of any kind) helps puppies:
- remain calm, receptive and focused on what is being taught
which significantly speeds up progress and improves ease of learning.
*At 8 weeks old, puppies will not be protected against the major infectious diseases as a result of vaccination. It is important therefore, to speak to the trainer before going to any class, to ensure only puppies of a similar age will be present, who aren’t being taken outside.