Adopting A New Puppy
If you’ve just adopted a puppy, one of the first things to consider is which rules you’ll want to set for it and how to enforce them. You may not want your puppy getting up onto the furniture, for example, or going into certain rooms. Puppy training classes can help turn that adorable tiny terror into a dog who can obey commands and follow the house rules.
When your new puppy first comes home, that’s a perfect time to begin teaching it what behavior is or is not acceptable. Gates and other barriers can help until good behavior patterns are established. Most puppies have lots of energy and curiosity, love to explore, and will probably see every object lying on the floor as a toy. That makes early training very important if you also value your shoes and other belongings!
Whether the new puppy is your household’s only pet or they are joining a family that includes other dogs and cats, effective puppy training can help everyone in the household enjoy each other’s company more.
Puppy Training Classes
Trying to train a puppy on your own may not work out for whatever reason. You might not have the time to devote to puppy training, or the experience to make sure it’s done right. That’s when it makes sense to enroll your new pet in puppy training classes.
At Ancillary K9, we treat puppy training the same as we approach the training of any dog, any age. At only a few months old, puppies may be more interested in playing. But with persistence and consistency, they soon pick up on what we’re trying to teach them.
Whether you’ve tried and failed or decided not to bother, we have the experience and knowledge to teach puppies to be obedient. Our expert dog trainers can provide tips and tricks to use at home to get our puppies to obey. Training classes can also be a way for puppies to have fun and get exercise with whatever obstacle courses have been set up for them.
Training a Puppy: Reinforcing Good Behavior
Meanwhile, at home, it’s important for the owners to reinforce the good habits that the puppy is learning. Having a doggy gate up will help block puppies from entering rooms while they learn good behavior. If they try to enter the room, blocking their way can teach them to stay out of it. Every time they jump up into a chair they’re not allowed in, forcing them off of it will teach them to stay off. Your puppy can learn good “basic manners,” and we can help!
When to Start Puppy Training Classes
People usually wait until the few months before their puppy turns a year old to take them to dog training. The puppy being a few months old is the best time to take them to obedience classes. We train puppies as young as twelve weeks old, but we prefer to wait until they have been fully vaccinated for Parvovirus — usually around 16 weeks of age.
Of course, many puppy owners may not even consider training classes until they start to notice behavioral problems, or their puppy grows big enough for its mischief-making to become a much bigger and more destructive problem. Other dog owners may want to take proactive measures to make sure their puppy grows up to be a well trained dog. Our training is a great way to do just that!
How Many Puppy Training Sessions Will You Need?
We generally recommend enrolling puppies in our six- or eight-session dog training programs. Again, these classes are not specific to puppies, because older dogs also learn at about the same pace.
Puppies that learn from an early age that there are certain rules to follow are more well-behaved, less destructive and all-around easier to live with. If they break a rule, there will be some kind of consequence. They might get to know a certain corner of the room as the time out corner or have their toys taken away.
With our training methods, puppies grow up learning that a particular action will result in having their favorite toy taken away or spending a period of time alone and shut away. This conditioning makes puppies much more likely to cooperate with a rule and/or punishment long after they are fully grown dogs.
Training a puppy from a young age doesn’t just help the puppy know how to act, however. We can also bring your family members up to speed on the best ways to interact with and care for a young dog.
What Is Taught During Our Dog and Puppy Training Classes
In our training sessions, dogs and puppies are taught to obey certain basic commands. These commands can include:
- other on-leash or off-leash commands of your choice
As soon as the dog or puppy cooperates with the given command, they’re given some kind of reward. We teach our puppies the same commands and behaviors that we would expect of an older dog, although we may choose to pace the lesson differently for a younger dog. You might be surprised at how much and how fast your new little puppy can learn! And besides learning to listen to commands, they’ll be staying active and getting exercise.
Even if you had a dog as a pet when you were younger, the puppy stage can be difficult for a lot of dog owners! With our puppy obedience training, your new pup can grow into the kind of loving, loyal family dog you’ve always wanted.
Contact us today to sign up for our dog and puppy training classes, or to ask us any questions you may have about our programs. Easy payment plans are available, making it easier to get your new puppy the behavioral training that will make him or her a well-behaved pet you can truly enjoy.