Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time, trying to figure out toilet training and biting and destruction is not so great. Our puppy program gives you an easy guide to make raising a puppy a fun and simple experience.
We offer private puppy training conducted in your own home, at a time that suits you.
I want my puppy to socialise with other dogs
We hear this a lot! But do you know that a puppy exposed to the wrong kind of play can become fearful of other dogs? One bad incident, even with another puppy can have a huge impact on your pup.
Most puppy preschools are run by vet nurses, who unfortunately don’t have experience in dog behaviour and body language. So if your dog is being bullied by another pup, that doesn’t have polite play manners, it is unlikely to be stopped.
If inappropriate play is allowed to continue, your pup will be the one who runs under your chair in class! We’ve all seen it and heard the laughs and “awww don’t worry little guy, he’s just trying to play with you”. Then your poor pup gets coaxed out and put back in the ring with a bully.
Now you have a pup that is fearful of other dogs and will start to bark and lunge at other dogs approaching because he had bad first experiences in his critical period.
NOTE: We are currently looking for a new venue for our puppy classes which allows for appropriate social distancing and offer in home training only.
What is socialisation?
Puppies have a critical period of development where they are like little sponges, soaking up information about the world around them. This happens between 4 and 16 weeks of age.
So when you get your puppy at 8 weeks of age, you are now responsible for making all their interactions count to ensure you raise a confident, well rounded dog.
So what does that mean? It measn that you need to introduce your puppy to as many things in the world as you can, paying close attention to those things that will be an everyday occurance.
Here are some of the things on our list of puppy experiences:
*different surfaces like tiles, concrete, grass, garden beds, rocks, uneven terrain
*different places like noisy school grounds, kids playgrounds, coffee shops, markets, the car
*different noises like rubbish trucks, airplanes, busy roads, work sites, loud bangs
*everyday household items like the lawn mower, vacuum cleaner, blender, music
The common denominator in all these is YOU! You make these experiences positive for your pup and you are the one your pup turns to for guidance. Get this critical period right and you’ll have a confident dog in the future.
Want to know how to do this properly? Get in touch now to book your in home consultation.
But what about parvo?
My vet said I can’t take my puppy out until 2 weeks after their last vaccnination? How can I socialise my pup if they can’t go out?
Every puppy owner knows about parvo virus and what a horrible illness it is. But do you really know how it is contracted? Here are some quick facts about parvo:
*it is contracted through an infected dog’s poo
*parvo virus can live in the environment for up to 6 months
Ummm what? The virus can live in the environment for 6 months? Let’s think about that more…. if you’ve just moved into a new home, do you know if there were dogs living there before? You could have the virus in your home!
You go for a walk after work and walk near a dog park, then walk into your home with your shoes on. You could have walked the virus into your home.
Scary thought isn’t it? So if it could come into the home that easily, and our vet tells us the NOT take our puppy out until the second shot at 16 weeks, shouldn’t that mean that ALL family members are locked in quaratine until your pup has had their booster?
Your pup gets their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age while with their breeder,the next shot is a booster. So they are already covered for parvo before they come to live with you.
Socialising your puppy to the world around them can start at 8 weeks of age in a safe and controlled way. There are numerous ways to get your pup out and about, without risking their health.
Get in touch to find out more.
Toilet training, biting, chewing….
Ahhh the joys of a puppy! Let’s be honest here, the first few months of owning a puppy are TOUGH! You have to teach them to go to the toilet outside, you have to teach them to be confident in their world, you have to teach them to stop biting and chewing and barking and to sit…… the list goes on!
Any training is about patience and consistency. The first thing you should do as a family is set the rules of what you will want from your puppy when they are an adult.
You need to decide:
*will your dog be allowed on furniture?
*will your dog sleep inside or outside at night?
*will your dog eat their meals inside or outside?
*will your dog be allowed to stare at you at family meal times?
As a family, set the rules now to ensure everyone knows the rules of the house for the puppy. And now start putting those rules in place! We know your puppy is so cute and little and right now they don’t take up room on the couch, but if you don’t want them up there as an adult, don’t let it happen now.
Raising a puppy right doesn’t have to be hard. Our in home puppy training sets you and your pup up for success to quickly and easily teach them all they need.
Let’s get started!
Don’t wait another minute to start training your puppy! They are in their critical period and need your help to grow into strong, confident dogs.