Puppy Training

Not all "Pupppy Classes" are built to help you raise a well mannered and confident adult dog.

When Should I Start Training My Puppy?

Puppy training should begin the FIRST DAY you bring your puppy home with you. I often notice that in the typical “puppy classes” you’ll find in your neighborhood do not focus on what I believe are the most crucial lessons and aspects of puppy training. They often like to focus on obedience training such as “sit”, “come” and “down” for example. Unfortunately obedience training is not the most important aspect of early puppy training.  

What Are The Most Important Elements Of Puppy Training?

01

Socialization

Proper socialization to as many people, places, objects and environments.

02

People & House Manners

Learning how to be polite when interacting with people, and what they are allowed and not allowed to do in your home.

03

Potty Training

Teaching your dog to eliminate outside or on a particular spot you’ve designated.

Proper socialization is the key to a happy well mannered adult dog.

Proper socialization is the most important aspect of a puppies foundational training. The word “proper” being the key word. It is especially important to get this work done before the “puppy socialization window” closes at the age of 4 months. This is because before the age of 4 months, puppies are incredibly resilient to fear, and it takes very little time and effort to get them used to something that they might have initially been terrified of. 

What Does "Proper" Socialization Look Like?

Proper socialization means that we want to introduce our puppies to as many people, dogs, objects and environments as possible, but in a safe and polite way. Safety and manners are the key to proper socialization because if you just take your puppy out and try to meet as many people, dogs, object and environments as possible without being cautious about the experiences being safe and positive, and how polite your puppy is in this process, bad manners and fear can occur from these attempts.

What Happens If My Puppy Is Already Over 4 Months Old?

Don’t worry, we can still socialize your puppy, its just that now that the socialization window has closed, it will take MANY more repetitions and patience for you to socialize your puppy to something than before. 
puppy socialization

Nipping, biting, jumping, and barking are all typical behaviours a puppy will exhibit to try to play and communicate with you. While this might be how they communicate with their siblings, this is not an appropriate way of communicating with you. Its important to teach them right away that these are unwanted behaviours, and your puppy needs to learn to communicate with you differently.

Puppies rarely "grow out of " behaviours.

Jumping up is one of the best examples of something a puppy will do when they are little to get attention. While its cute when they are small, this will quickly become a problematic behaviour when they get bigger and could knock someone over or scratch their legs. 

Whenever your puppy is doing a behaviour, you should always ask yourself if this is something that could become a problem when they are older. If the answer is “yes”, discouraging the behaviour right away is important. 

House Manners & Potty Training

Its important to allow your puppy to explore and have access to your house and meet people under supervision so that you can start to teach them what they are allowed (and not allowed) to do.

To avoid the house from getting destroyed, many people try to set their puppies up for success by “puppy proofing” their house before the puppy comes home, and allowing the puppy to have access to entire rooms or floors of the house unsupervised.  Unfortunately, the lack of supervision creates opportunity for potty accidents and destructive behaviour. Not matter how well you “puppy proofed” the house, the uncluttered floors and hidden cables won’t last forever, and eventually, your puppy has to learn that these things are not theirs to chew. 

This is why crate training when you can’t be watching them, and 100% supervised house exploration sessions are the key to teaching your puppy that they can’t just chew on and pee on whatever they want. 

Puppy house manners

Of course, crate training for many new puppy parents can be incredibly challenging. If you are struggling, DO NOT GIVE UP! It’s important to contact a trainer as there are many techniques to help you though your crate training woes. Without crate training, your house manners and potty training will be a real challenge. Rather than completing the training in weeks, you’ll be struggling for months.

This is where I come in, to help learn how to communicate with your puppy about what they should and shouldn't do. Its important to learn how to communicate with your puppy clearly and effectively to help them learn the new rules of their home. Without this clarity, we are often left with frustrated pet parents and confused and out of control puppies that do not understand what to do.

Puppy Training Options

Ready to set your puppy up to be the best adult dog they can be?  There are some different options available to you:

(At Hairy Tales Training Studio)

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