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PUPPIES FROM 7 WEEKS TO 16 WEEKS
One of the most critical parts of a dog’s life, when it comes to the emotional development, is the period between 7 weeks to 16 weeks. I am turning to veterinarians for advice. American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) released position statement on Puppy Socialization stating that:”Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear [of catching a disease], this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters."
First session will take place in your home; the rest of the sessions will be in places that are new to the puppy. During the training process we will ensure that the puppy is comfortable with as many textures, sounds and people (tall vs. short, mustache/beard vs. clean-shaven, baseball hat, umbrella, etc).
We will also use cognitive exercises and introduce basic concepts:
- Follow you off the leash
- Walking on a loose leash
- Sharing food and toys
- Allow to be groomed
- Bite inhibition
17 WEEKS (OR 4 MONTHS) TO 8 MONTHS
During this time, we will focus on expanding the portfolio of cues that puppy knows. It is also fun to begin adding tricks to the mix that you can use later for the entertainment of your family and friends (ex. give paw, speak, spin, etc). We will continue to perfect the cues listed in the 7-16 week period and will add simple exercises for self-control:
- Go to mat
- Leave it
- I can also help you prepare your puppy for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, which is becoming quite popular among dog owners.
BASED ON THE DOG'S INDIVIDUAL PROGRESS, WE CAN MOVE UP INTO MORE ADVANCED COURSES