Did you get a puppy recently? Well, if you did then you’re facing the same problem we are. The training process. Most of the owners misjudge whether their puppy is ready to start training or not. The pressure of training process is not something your puppy should experience at once.Having puppies training classes is a good start for new puppies.
The fact is that you should put the accent on vaccination instead, and resume training after the vaccination is over. A true purpose of training is not only obedience but socialization, which is why obedience classes start later. So, what comes first in training, and what you should put an accent on? Well, with some research we found what goes first and how to handle it. Below you’ll find all you need to know about your puppy starting a training class.
The process of Socialization
If you’re looking not to deal with psychological issues in the years to come, then having your dog attend socialization classes is essential. It’s less likely for your dog to develop anxiety or suffer from depression if they attend socialization classes from when they’re 3 weeks old. Of course, most of the owners get the puppy when they’re either 7 or 8 weeks old, but this only means that you should check the age when getting a puppy. Most of the facilities engage puppies in the socialization classes when they’re 4 weeks old, which means you’ll probably be informed of the progress.
When taking them home, make sure to get the professional advice on when they’re to attend obedience classes, and the overall report on the progress. Also, make sure to get the info on the behavior given that some puppies need additional time to adapt to the environment which is why you need to know if there is any aggressive behavior present. The fact they’ll be living with you, in a completely different environment means there will be an element of fear until they adapt to the circumstances.
The perfect age for socialization classes
Most of the vets agree the socialization process is only efficient from when puppies are 3 weeks old until they’re 12 weeks old. After that, we can talk about the affirmed pattern of behavior. Owners are advised to take their puppies to socialization classes from when they’re 8 weeks old and to give them a month of training at least.
After that, it’s recommended to take a break and enjoy before you sign them up for obedience classes. Even though it is up to the owner whether they’ll continue with the professional training or take matters into their own hands, once the socialization process is over, your puppy is definitely ready for the new challenges.
The obedience classes
Obedience classes are definitely recommended if you’re looking for your puppy to have a strong character, and while teaching them obedience at home is not out of question, it’s best to let professionals handle this, at least for a month before you try your techniques. Puppies are used to attention, and you’ll have trouble teaching them basics all by yourself while combining what you do at home with the classes they take will leave you with an ultimate satisfaction.
As for when you should start taking your puppy to obedience classes, well, most of the vets will tell you when they’re 16 weeks old. Still, if you’ve been taking your dog to socialization classes up to when they’re 11 weeks old, you should start earlier. It’s advised to give your puppy a break for at least a month before you sign them up for another training course.
Yes, a 16-week old puppy is an optimal candidate for obedience training, but as we said, you’re the one who decided when they’re read. After all, you can begin home preparations immediately when they’re 12 weeks old. This way, you’ll give them a break from strangers and get them used to you as a teacher as well, since obedience training requires you as a part of the process for optimal results.
So what about home preparations? Well, while you cannot know all the tips and tricks professionals know, there is still something you can try out at home. Even though they are essential, home preparations should be as brief as possible, as they’re only intended as an additional training. So, keep it simple with the basic commands such as “sit” until you consult with the professional trainer once your puppy begins the obedience training.
Here is a video to help you with training your puppy at home.
In the end, the advice is you sign them up for all the classes out there at least in the first few months. Of course, you need to be informed on whether they’re fit for it or not, but generally, more they learn better they’ll be so, a few extra classes won’t hurt. Let us know if you have any questions in the comment section below, and also make sure to share your experiences as well. It does look like a lot of work, but it pays off when it comes to dogs, wouldn’t you agree?