Puppy Start Right
The single most important thing you can do for your faithful friend.
The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is in the first three months of life, according to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. They also explain enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age to be an excellent method to improve training, strengthen the human-animal bond and socialize puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized.
Based on EEG and multiple behavior studies, the ideal time to start Puppy Start Right Puppy School is at eight weeks. At eight weeks, a puppy has the same capacity for long term memory as an adult dog. Therefore, they learn appropriate behavior before bad habits are formed which is important because the longer learning history of a behavior, the longer it may take to un-learn it.
There are "fear periods" that puppies go through. Traumatic experiences with fear inducing stimulation can be detrimental during this time. The negative experiences may be generalized and produce a lifelong aversion response. How a puppy parent responds to these "scary" situations will affect his future response to similar situations. Socialization is not just about exposure ...... it is about positive experiences during that exposure.
Behavior problems are the greatest threat to the human-animal bond. The #1 reason dogs are relinquished to shelters is due to behavior issues. While the optimal time for social and environmental exposure is less than 16 weeks, socialization beyond this and into the "juvenile" phase is also necessary. Lack of experience and exposure is just as detrimental as a bad experience. Puppy Start Right Puppy School curbs the behaviors long before they become an issue. Puppy parents learn how to harness problem behaviors or how to squash those that have begun.
Many of the reasons dogs have aggression issues later in life can be avoided by attending puppy school now. Because genetic traits and appearances cause variation from dog-to-dog, those without proper socialization can misinterpret these differences in a breed unknown to them as aggression. For example, a breed with exposed teeth may be identified by an unsocialized dog as aggressive. This lack of socialization and communication skills can result in interdog aggression.
K9 Fundamentals 101
The best way to have fun with your faithful friend and learn life-long training tools.
There are life skills that are the primary focus with clicker training. The way to learn them is by working on certain behaviors, but this is just the starting point....the possibilities are endless.
Some of the long term skills are for the dog and some are for the handler. You learn together and the relationship that ensues can be awe inspiring.
There are ten basic behaviors we focus on with multiple levels of increasing difficulty. Some are basic and expected, like polite leash walking and recall. Some are slightly less common for someone who hasn't yet entered the wonderful world of modern day clicker training, like capturing games and targeting.