Puppy training. Should you take your dog to 'socialize' with other dogs? Other people? Different places?
Every trainer has their own opinion, and like with 'dog training' no dog is the same … So, no training should be the same for every dog. Puppy classes are great – for some types of dogs, and some temperaments. Puppy classes can also be an overwhelming experience for a young pup, and can even be frightening – depending on the dog.
Use your own judgment, you know your dog the best – if you see your pup is scared, does not want to interact, then do not push them. On the other hand, if your dog is super outgoing, friendly, super social – you might want to limit the interaction he / she gets from other dogs and people.
It's all about keeping a balance. Socialize dogs more if they seem a bit timid, socialise less if the dog is natural very friendly. Also, socialise does not just mean throw your dog into a dog park or a puppy group class. Socialization means taking your pup out to see and hear new things – train stations, bus stops, supermarkets – all the everyday things that you want your puppy to be confident in, and of course the things they will see when they grow up.
We believe a lot in puppy training, and puppy development – a breeder breeds the dog, but the trainer makes the dog.
There is so much to teach a puppy – going in their crate, coming out, coming when called, sit, down positions, tricks, sitting before feeding, not jumping up, not biting us … If you do not want your dog to jump up at you when they are older, do not encourage it from the beginning!
One main thing to remember, is – that dogs relate good and bad within 0.5 – 2 seconds. That means, if he's barking, do not give him food to make him quiet.
If he's jumping up, do not give him any attention.
Ignore the bad, and encourage the good – for now.
Make sure you NEVER correct your puppy 8-16 weeks – because, often, a bad experience for a puppy can have damaging effects. If you have specific behavioral problems, consult a professional trainer before attempting any kind of correction with your puppy.
Will your dog need corrections later on? Maybe – but it's always best to wait, and of course encourage good behavior. They ARE just babies, and let them grow a little until they know a bit more about the world.