No matter how in love you are with your pup now, you’ll love him even more after taking puppy training classes.
Did you know that enrolling your new pup – and yourself – in puppy training classes is one of the best ways to give your dog a head start on a happy life?
No matter how cute your puppy is right now (and is that cuteness ever an effective survival tactic!), early training and socialization can make the difference between having a dog everyone loves to be around and a dog everyone enjoys being around, and a dog who’s always causing trouble.
There is a brief phase in your puppy’s early life when he’ll be most eager to learn, enthusiastic about pleasing you, and easy to socialize with other people and animals. You’ll want to jump on this opportunity to help him become the friendly, well-behaved pup you imagined when you first decided to bring a dog into your home.
While it might be tempting to wait until your puppy is older before you enroll him in training, if you wait, you’ll miss out. Here are just a few reasons puppy training classes are so important:
- Your Pup Learns To Look Up To You
The best way to build a strong connection with your puppy is through training. It has always fascinated me that all babies, be they porpoise, horse, whale, puppy, chicken, or gosling are wired to follow whoever or whatever is caring for them. This early genetic predisposition means babies are literally wired to follow and learn.
Your puppy’s natural predilection to look to you as leader won’t last long however. By the time he hits adolescence at 7 to 9 months old he’ll be bigger, stronger, and more confident. This self-confidence arrives with a full set of adult teeth and a healthy dose of independence that makes training challenging. That said the sooner you step into the role of leader the better.
Regardless of your puppy’s age you’ll discover the easiest and most enjoyable training happens through games and activities instead of dominating your puppy or using force. At Hillary’s Hound House we weave a healthy dose of fun and cooperative play into all of our classes. Not only is fun a game changer, it introduces a level of leadership into the mix that will make training and living with your dog a joy.
- Pups Learn How to Play Nice
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Socialize, Socialize, Socialize!
Puppies are social animals, eager to mix and mingle with as many people, dogs, and other animals as they can – during the height of their socialization-readiness period. Of course, their socialization needs to happen in a controlled environment where you can be sure they learn how to meet friendly dogs and play nicely. This is why Puppy Socials and classes are so important. When your puppy has a wonderful experience playing and discovering with other dogs, he will grow up expecting the world to be a happy, safe, and welcoming place – and in turn become the friendly, happy dog you dreamed of when you brought him home. If this early socialization doesn’t go so well, it’s another story. An unfortunate encounter with a poorly trained dog can result in fearfulness, anxiety, and behavioral issues that could follow him into adulthood.
- You and Your Puppy Aren’t Alone
Training a puppy on your own at home is easy… if you know exactly what to do, and how to do it. Participating in Puppy Socials and training classes at Hillary’s Hound House will help you cement your bond and create the companion of a lifetime. There is a lot to be said for having the support and feedback of a professional trainer and fellow students. It also makes for great play dates when all of the puppies and their humans are on the same page. Like trying to exercise to a video, it’s easy to make mistakes if there’s nobody right there to correct your form – and nobody to tell you when you’re doing an excellent job. In class, you get all of that – and enjoy the journey.
- Your Puppy Learns Important Skills
- Your Puppy Will Learn Faster
You’ll be astonished by how quickly and how much your puppy will learn during his training. The art of training and socializing a puppy includes fun and games that are designed to build the habits and behaviors you want. At Hillary’s Hound House our classes are designed to get you and your puppy moving and functioning as a team. From sitting and looking into your eyes to walking with you on a hands-free leash, you’ll be surprised at how quickly your puppy will begin to solve problems and focus on you as leader. Very soon you’ll find yourself using these new skills outside in new places, making the socialization process easy and enjoyable.
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