This is a common question that I get asked often. You get a puppy and then you wonder when is the best time to start training him? Can you start training too early or too late?
For you, it is best to start training your puppy at 8 weeks of age. Your puppy learn so fast when he is young and it is easier to teach him good behavior than to have to change old / bad habits.
When I work with an adult dog that has bad habits sometimes it can take years for that behavior to shift. When the puppy is young he can learn new behavior within weeks and sometimes days.
So save yourself the headache and begin puppy training. Salt Lake City has many options for puppy classes, and we highly recommend that you start with a class.
A class allows your puppy to learn all of the basic commands and preps your puppy for some socialization. Your puppy needs to be put in new environments, meet new people, meet known and friendly dogs, climb obstacles, and be around unusual objects (skis, wheelchairs, camp fires, etc.).
Acclimate your pup to things that he will see on a day to day basis as he gets older and make the introduction positive.
Many people wait to long to begin puppy training. Salt Lake City veterinarians sometimes recommend that a puppy wait to start a classes until he is vaccinated. It is important to NOT wait. T
he American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior has done tons of research on this. By the time your puppy is fully vaccinated the critical socialization window is closed or almost closed. Not good. You want to take puppy class BEFORE this window is closed.
When looking for a puppy training class, Salt Lake City has good and bad options. A good option is a class that teaches reward-based dog training. Salt Lake City has many positive reinforcement dog trainers.
Four Legged Scholars LLC, Puppy Training, Salt Lake City has a class starting tomorrow. We would love to have your pup in this class!
Johanna Teresi and Alyssa Giles, Salt Lake City, Puppy Trainers, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Puppy Training, Salt Lake City