By about 10-12 weeks, your puppy will be developing a little personality and you will start to notice your puppy growing before your eyes.
It is time to start thinking about training. A puppy’s mind is like a “sponge” before the age of 16-weeks and it is ready to soak up new experiences and learn new commands. Placing time and effort into training now can have huge benefits later on. It is also the best time to encourage and reward appropriate behaviour as puppies learn best with a positive reward.
Socialisation is another vital component to making sure your puppy gets the best start to life. Remember that your puppy has not yet been given all the necessary vaccinations so it is important you only mix your pup with dogs that are up to date with vaccinations. Puppy Pre-School is a perfect opportunity for this.
You should think about signing your puppy up to a puppy pre-school class in your local area now. Ask your Veterinarian for more information.
A Great Start To Life With Puppy Pre-School
Puppy Preschool helps teach your pup good manners and socialisation. This results in a confident and friendly adult dog and a happy and relaxed owner.
Puppy Preschool’s main aims are:
- To socialise your puppy so it is comfortable with other dogs and people.
- Teach your puppy basic commands and good manners.
- Help provide you with tips for puppy development and basic pet care.
- To provide fun and help so your puppy enjoys future visits to the vet.
Vaccinations will need to be up to date for your pup to be eligible to join the classes.
Tips to Get Your Puppy To Sit
Sit is one of the most basic but most important commands your puppy will learn.
The steps are simple:
- Begin by holding a treat in front of your puppy’s nose to gain his or her attention.
- When you have your puppy’s focus slowly raise the treat upward and then over his or her head. This should make your puppy follow the treat with their sight, consequently tilting their head backward. (Be sure to hold the treat close to your puppy’s nose or otherwise you may find she will jump to reach the treat.)
- As the head follows the treat backwards your puppy’s bottom should eventually hit the ground, establishing the ‘sit’ position.
- When your puppy’s bottom touches the ground it is vital you give the treat immediately. This ensures your puppy learns it is this exact behaviour that is earning the treat.
- Be sure to say ‘sit’ only once and at the exact moment your puppy’s bottom touches the ground.
Repeat the training often and in various environments saying ‘sit’ and immediately rewarding with food when your puppy’s bottom touches the ground.
Tips for Leash Training
The leash and collar are essential training tools. These allow communication with your puppy, they keep him safe and under your control and allow you take him to public places
- If your pup starts to pull on the lead, don’t pull back. This only encourages the behaviour as he may think it is a game. Let go of the leash and call your puppy to you. After a few minutes, pick the leash up and try again
- If you find your pup is getting you tangled in the leash, it may be too long. Hold it closer to your puppy or buy a shorter leash
- If you find your puppy is trying to chew on the leash it is going to make training very difficult. You can spray a bitter substance to stop him chewing it- ask your veterinarian for a safe product
Finally, don’t expect your puppy to walk on a leash perfectly from day once. Training to walk on a leash takes time. Be patient and always reward him when he gets it right. It wont’ be too long before you are showing off your puppy on his leash to your friends!