As anyone who has ever loved a dog before can attest, their companionship and love rivals even the best of human friendships. And anyone who has been lucky enough to raise their dog from a puppy, knows that the challenges that come with puppy training are worth their weight in gold later in life.
Puppies, much like babies, rely on us for everything. We are the guardians who introduce them to the world all around, as well as instill in them a sense of security and understanding of their place in our “pack”. Yet, unfortunately, many puppies do not receive the training and socialization they need for their safety and well-being.
That is why we want to highlight the many great reasons why training and socialization classes are so important for your new puppy.
The Benefits of Puppy Training and Socialization Classes
By the time a puppy is 8 weeks of age, he or she should have begun receiving at-home training and socialization, including housetraining, gentle handling and interaction with family members, and redirection away from possible problems like chewing.
But, of course additional work is needed!
This is where training classes play an important role. After your puppy has received his or her vaccinations and boosters (typically, 8-12 weeks of age), it’s essential to introduce more informative training and social opportunities with other puppies and people.
Training sessions not only are a great way to help your puppy develop confidence but are also a good place for you to learn positive reinforcement techniques to identify and curtail any problem behaviors. Having the guidance of a professional trainer can help take some of the confusion out of what to expect from your developing puppy, and how to handle typical behaviors like chewing, nipping, or accidents around the home.
Some of the valuable instruction received during training sessions include establishing your authority as “pack leader”, teaching basic obedience commands through positive reinforcement/reward-based training, and gentle redirection.
Socialization is essential for all puppies, which is why group classes offer a wonderful, supervised, and safe place for them to interact with fur pals in their age range. Teaching your puppy to respond to you, while in the presence of distractions such as other dogs, also helps reinforce this training in a controlled environment before you head out into public places.
And last but not least, these training sessions go a long way in strengthening the bond you share with your new furry friend.
Introducing… Our New Puppy Training and Socialization Classes
Huntington Veterinary Hospital is happy to announce our upcoming puppy training and socialization classes.
If you would like to register, or have any questions or concerns about caring for your new puppy, please contact us.