When Should I Start Training My Puppy?

Written by Adam G. Katz

If you have a puppy, you must start training early, but do it gently. Your puppy has to have confidence in you before he can begin learning. Remember that puppies are like children - they have growing bodies, short attention spans, and will only learn things whenrepparttar conditions are right and when they understand what it is you're trying to teach them. That said,repparttar 125722 earlier you start training dogs,repparttar 125723 better. More specifically, it's best if you start “socialization” from 8 weeks, simple commands like “come” and “sit” from 12 weeks, and more intensive training at 5 to 6 months.

While some early training can be started as soon as you bring your puppy home,repparttar 125724 optimum time to begin obedience training is somewhere around 9 to 12 weeks of age. Keep in mind that training can cover a broad range of topics – I’m not suggesting that you begin training your puppy at 8 weeks of age for agility competitions! Your training should start off withrepparttar 125725 basics – teaching him “No!” and beginning house-training. Socialization skills are next – experts tell usrepparttar 125726 best window for your puppy to learn socialization skills is between 3 and 16 weeks – that’srepparttar 125727 best time to insure that your puppy grows into a well-adjusted adult. And remember, socialization isn’t about teaching himrepparttar 125728 right fork to use atrepparttar 125729 dinner table – it’s about giving your dogrepparttar 125730 self-assurance to deal correctly with any social environment he finds himself in is one ofrepparttar 125731 most valuable and lasting lessons you can teach him.

On Missing The Imprint Stage Of Puppyhood

Written by Adam G. Katz

Dear Adam:

[From a previous e-mail which questioned why I recommend that dog owners don't try to train their dogs in a group class setting]

Yes, I understand aboutrepparttar imprint stages [two week stages from birth to 4 months of age in which a small amount of exposure will have a lasting affect onrepparttar 125721 dog's socialization to it's surroundings] but not everybody lives inrepparttar 125722 ideal world of getting their puppy at 6 to 8 weeks of age.

[The imprint stage when dogs learn dominant and subordinate behavior with other dogs. Missing this stage, or having a negative experience during this stage, can cause dog aggression later in life].

What are you then suggesting happens? There are a lot of people out there that don't knowrepparttar 125723 first thing about dog training. So, all of these theories are great but how would that help somebody that comes to you when their dog is a couple of years old and displays canine aggression?

Regards, TB.

Dear TB:

Here'srepparttar 125724 deal: I don't have a lot of time to go into detail as this is a subject that could end up being another book. But to fix this type of thing, you need to:

#1: Establish yourself asrepparttar 125725 pack leader so thatrepparttar 125726 dog respects you and what you say.

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