There was a time when people thought that dogs shouldn't begin any formal training until they were six months old. This may be fine if your puppy will grow into a whopping four-pound Toy Poodle, but what if he's a Rottweiler or a Great Dane? Fail to properly train and socialize this dog and, by six months of age, you've got a 120 pound canine that's full of beans and short on manners.
Today we know that if you don't work with your puppy during its critical 12-to-20 week imprinting and learning period, you're failing to give him a chance to reach his full potential. This is a time when a puppy should meet as many people and dogs as possible. He should be conditioned to accept different situations and experience many places. It's pre-school time for puppies and, whether you choose a formal puppy class or choose to teach him on your own, your puppy can and will learn. With quality pre-school training, the chances are far greater that your dog will have acceptable manners and grow to become a good canine citizen.
If you're thinking about getting a puppy, start doing your homework now. Visit several locations where puppy classes are taught and strongly consider booking space in one that suits your own puppy-rearing style. While you observe, bear in mind, that puppy kindergarten is pre-school, not graduate school! A three-month-old puppy doesn't have the mental capacity or the attention span to be expected to do a five-minute sit-stay.
At puppy pre-school your dog will learn how to interact with other dogs and people. He'll be taught very basic obedience commands and become comfortable walking on a lead.
You're going to learn how to humanely and effectively correct your puppy and stop undesirable behaviors from developing.
Puppies don't understand when you hit them for doing something wrong. Physical punishment, like hitting and kicking, does nothing but help your dog develop into a potential fear biter.
You will also learn to use body language and discipline techniques that the puppy understands. And, hopefully, be reminded time and time again that praise of desirable behavior is more important than correction of mistakes.
Pre-school for puppies should be fun. It should enhance the bonding between dog and handler and help build the foundation on which your dog can grow to become a more acceptable member of the community.
Article submitted by: © Terri Perrin (Biography & Additional Information)