When Should You Take Your Puppy To Obedience Training Classes?
Ideally, puppy’s should attend puppy school
before they’re 12 weeks old. But it’s vitally important that your puppy be vaccinated before attending class and receive a vet check 2 weeks prior to attending puppy school.
Puppy school focuses on early socialisation in a crucial impressionable stage of their life, as well as provides valuable information and resources to new puppy owners to help them identify and correct behavioural issues that may arise.
Key Takeaways For Training A Puppy
The biggest benefit of training your puppy from home is that you can control the environment and reduce the number of distractions in the room - which plays a major role in getting your puppy to cooperate. Once a puppy has understood what’s asked of them you can slowly start to introduce them to different areas of the house to practice commands and or tricks to get them used to behaving when more distractions are introduced.
We’ve put together a few key reminders when you’re training your puppy at home:
Training is a confusing time for your puppy, don’t add to their stress by reacting differently during their training. Instead, try to keep your reactions/methods consistent every time to help your puppy learn faster.
Puppies need clear direction. Creating multiple commands for one action is confusing and unnecessary. Keep commands short and to the point for example ‘sit’ is a lot easier for your puppy to understand rather than a full sentence, such as ‘sit down boy.’
Training takes time and effort from both puppy and owner. It can be tiring and overwhelming at times but the most important rule to remember during puppy training is to be patient. Puppy’s love to make their humans happy and will be trying their hardest to get it right, getting angry with them will only deter them from interacting/listening to you.
Don’t wait too long before training your puppy, remember 8 weeks is prime time to begin your puppy’s training. The longer you wait the more time there is for bad habits to form.
This kind of falls under the ‘be patient’ bracket. Puppies are extremely intuitive and will be able to sense your energy when you’re stressed which in turn will stress them out and likely cause problems to occur during training. It’s important you remain calm, take a breath and have a break for 5 minutes if you need to gather your thoughts before trying again.
Remember, patience is the most important skill you’ll need to foster during the whole training process with your puppy. Mistakes are inevitable and frustrations will arise during certain training exercises for both you and your puppy which is why it’s extremely important that you remain calm, in control and offer plenty of support to help your puppy get through their training. In doing this you’ll be giving your puppy a healthy, active life that will make for an even happier household.