Getting a new puppy is an exciting time. You can’t help making a fuss and it’s tempting to let them do whatever they want because you want to make them happy.
But dogs are pack animals, and you need to teach your new pup how to become a valuable member of their new pack.
Leader of the Pack
Every pack has a leader and you’re now the leader, so your puppy needs to understand that you’re the boss.
A well trained and socialised dog is much easier to manage in the home and outdoors, so training should start when they’re between 8 and 14 weeks old.
Your first lessons should be toilet training and obedience skills to stop your pup from making a mess inside and chewing things they shouldn’t. Dogs love to please their owners, so with some gentle encouragement and understanding from you, they’ll be so much easier to live with.
Remember, if they get it wrong and makes mistakes, they’re not doing it on purpose. They’re doing their best, so never lose your temper with them. Just praise and encourage the good behaviour and try to ignore the bad behaviour. They’ll soon get the idea.
Socialising your Puppy
Now your puppy has some basic training, it’s time to enrol them in a puppy training school for the best results.
Dogs need to learn how to interact with other dogs, and what’s acceptable behaviour and what isn’t. This is where puppy training school has double benefits.
Not only will your puppy learn manners and etiquette, but they’ll be having fun and learning how to socialise with other dogs at the same time.
Puppy Training Rockingham
At Port Kennedy Vets, we offer a puppy preschool where you can spend time with your pup and teach them to be a well-mannered and obedient member of your family.
Our qualified trainer, Sylvia Hamilton, will help you teach your pup to behave appropriately at home and while you’re out, as well as obey simple commands like sit, stay and heel.
Classes are small and friendly with a relaxed atmosphere, and they’re tailored to the needs of you and your pup. Your unique lifestyle and the breed of your puppy will influence the skills you want them to learn beyond the basics.
Wellness Programs for Dogs and Puppies
Our wellness programs make pet care easier, and with affordable monthly payments, they’re an investment in the health and wellbeing of your new puppy.
We’re open every day, so call us on 08 6555 5149 or contact us online about a wellness program tailored to the needs of you and your puppy.