Puppy Training Perth - What to Expect
Your puppy training & preparation guide
The moment you have been waiting for is finally here. You are ready to start looking for your bundle of fluff and you can’t wait to welcome your new puppy into your family. As you start to think about where to start, you make a heartfelt promise to yourself that you will give your new puppy the best start to life that is possible. Are you wondering what you need to do to fulfil that promise? Then read on for some useful tips!
Do Your Research!
Whether you’re getting your puppy from a breeder or a shelter, it’s important to do as much research as possible before you decide which puppy to bring home. Ensure you are familiar with different breed temperaments and energy levels. Choose a puppy that will suit you, your family and your lifestyle as mismatches between owner and dog energy levels can lead to all sorts of behavioural issues further down the track. Find out as much as you can about the puppy’s parents, socialisation history and health and meet the puppy and the parents if you can as there is a lot you can tell about a puppy’s personality the first time you meet them.
The Importance of Early Socialisation
A puppy’s temperament is made up of both genetics and their environment. As we don’t always know about the puppy’s genetics, we need to provide them with as many positive early socialisation experiences as possible, particularly during the critical socialisation period. The best early socialisation occurs while puppies are still with their mothers and by the time you meet them and bring them home at around eight weeks, they should already have a positive outlook pre-programmed into their brain.
Research shows that puppies who are not well socialised will develop behavioural problems so it’s vital that you continue with your puppy’s socialisation from the moment you bring them home. Socialisation means exposing them to everything you want them to accept as part of their normal life – adults, children, animals, environments, noises, surfaces and objects. You can take your puppy outside your home before they are fully vaccinated but socialise safely by keeping them up off the ground and avoiding unknown and unvaccinated dogs until they are fully vaccinated. Ensure that all experiences are positive by pairing with high value treats. Read and respond to what your puppy is communicating through their body language - go at their own pace and give them space and plenty of breaks when they need it. Although the critical socialisation period closes at around 12 weeks, to ensure your puppy develops into the best dog they can possibly be, socialisation must continue right throughout your dog’s life.
Puppies brains are like little sponges and they are always learning from their environment. You don’t have to wait until your puppy is older to start introducing boundaries and guidelines, in fact it’s much easier if you set these up from the day you bring your puppy home. Ensure that your home is set up correctly to prevent your puppy from developing bad habits. Be aware of how you are interacting with your puppy and what you might be doing to rewarding or reinforce either desirable or undesirable behaviour. Set clear, consistent boundaries right from the start and ensure that all family members are on board to avoid any confusion for you and your puppy.
To maximise your puppy’s learning and development, it’s essential that you take your puppy to a reputable, well-run puppy school. After searching for ‘Puppy Training Perth’, there are some important points to look for. The trainer should have formal qualifications, they should be experienced, and their training methods should be rewards based and force free. The classes should cover the most important and urgent puppy issues, such as how to handle toilet training, puppy biting, jumping up and digging. Socialisation experiences should be included, and off leash play must be closely supervised to ensure your puppy is experiencing positive interactions with other puppies and developing confidence. You should learn how to teach your puppy essential cues like how to settle, focus on you, come back when called and walk on a loose leash, all while building and strengthening your bond together.
Perhaps you have questions before your puppy arrives home? Maybe you would like guidance on the best home set up? Or do you have specific questions you would like help with? Then consider a private one to one consultation with a trainer where the session can be tailored to you and your requirements. Your trainer should be one you can trust and who will be able to coach and support you throughout your puppy’s journey together by providing further dog training or behaviour solutions.
Puppyhood is an exciting and precious time in both you and your puppy’s life. If you would like to join our fun, informative and interactive Puppy Pre-School, set up a private consultation for puppy training or inquire about dog training in Perth then contact us and we would love to chat with you!