Did you know that a puppy’s brain grows the more he is stimulated? For this reason alone Training Your Puppy is important. Puppy Classes Is much more than teaching your young Puppy Sit, Down, Stay, Come, or Leave it molds them into the adult dog you will someday end with!
In just one (1) lesson, you could see a noticeable difference in your puppy’s behavior. I will help you train your puppy, but more importantly train you how to communicate with them. In Fact, most new puppy owners need to be told what is acceptable and what is not acceptable with their new puppy. Training can be very easy when it is clearly defined!
You can enroll my training programs as early as eight (8) weeks old and as late as four (4) months old. If your puppy is five (5) months or older, dog training program/lessons may be right for you.
What’s the difference between puppy Class and dog Classes? Well, there are few things. For starters, the methods employed for puppies are different than the ones used for an adult dog. When you begin to work with a puppy there are No corrections used. It is very important to help the puppy build confidence, so training a must be introduced as a game, lots of fun for the puppy and you!
Also, their a few things outside of what most new owners deem as training that need to be addressed at this young age, much more important than training “SIT” or “DOWN” command. These things consist of introducing the puppy to new things such as the following but are not limited to:
Different people (male, female, and children);
Different wardrobes, such as hats, gloves, jackets,etc….
Different types of people: shaven, cultures, big, small, forward, more reserve,etc….
Different types of terrain: concrete, dirt, grass, gravel, mud, sand,etc….
Different types of weather: rain, snow, sun, cold,etc….
Different types of dogs, puppies, and other domesticated animals
Different types of Sounds: cars, buses, trucks, loud surprises, etc…
Different types of environments: houses, outside areas…
Some of these things sound trivial, but do not be fooled, at this stage you have the benefit of imprinting your puppy; this window is not opened forever, so it is best to begin IMMEDIATELY after acquiring your new family member, IMMEDIATELY.
While training your puppy to get used to these environments there are a few simple rules that you MUST employ in order to yield positive results. Some of these rules are going to seem counter-intuitive, especially for parents of children. However, training and parenting, although they do share some similarities, they also have many differences. Here are some hard and fast rules when introducing your puppy to new things:
Do NOT coddle (holding them or making statements such as” It’s OKAY, there is nothing to worry about, you will be fine.”) them if they show some concern or fear, doing this can and usually will delay training them to get used new things. Validation occurs when you do this is, you are validating their mood and feelings. Your puppy is thinking, OK, I am scared, and now my mom or dad is holding me and saying that everything will be fine – there, must be something wrong, why else would mom or dad hold me and tell me that everything is going to be OK? This kind of behavior often leads to dog separation anxiety.
Long Puppy Training Addresses Separation Anxiety
A good method to prevent or at least reduce the chances of your puppy acquiring the sad and frustrating behavior of dog separation anxiety is to NOT baby your puppy and give them SPACE, they need to absorb different environmental ailments own their own, this help to build confidence.
Instead, new puppy owners, tend to not only baby their puppy but spend every second of the day and NIGHT with them. You’re probably wondering why NOT spending so much time with your puppy is a good thing and not a bad thing. Since so many people treat their puppy like a child, using this analogy (something we try to stay away from) is probably best. If a child is sheltered his entire life and then thrown out into the big city to defend for themselves it can be a very troublesome experience. On the other hand, giving your son or daughter the right amount of space helps to build their confidence and encourages them to make decisions on their own. This is one of the rare philosophies that work for both the puppy and human child.
Another exhibited behavior that is often handled improperly is a puppy barking at another dog or puppy; many times the puppy owner will begin to pet his or her puppy and say it is OK, it’s OK. What is wrong with this? Two things:
1. It is NOT OK for your puppy to bark incessantly at other puppies, dogs or people for that matter – so do not tell him that it is OK.
2. Petting is viewed as a reward for most puppies, sometimes it is the primary reward, so when your puppy barks and you immediately pet him to comfort him, you are rewarding him, thereby encouraging this behavior. NO good.
Unlike children, even though our first instinct is to coddle and support them, we need to go against our maternal, paternal, or human instinct