Jumpstart® for Older Puppies
6 – 8 Months
Is the Honeymoon Over?
It’s a question that arises frequently as puppies enter adolescence (at around 7 months old).
Adolescence is a time when a puppy may need further training and impulse control – even some additional socialization to help him with impulse control, manners or confidence. This is when time spent playing and training alongside peers can help him develop more maturity and better social skills.
Jumpstart for adolescent puppies emphasizes training, good manners, and calm interactions with puppies, dogs, and people.
Our 4-week curriculum for adolescent puppies is geared toward transformation of disruptive behaviors like; barking, jumping, pulling on the leash, not coming back when you call, and excitability.
The best way to get started is to bring your puppy for a visit to the Jumpstart Nursery. It’s a great way to socialize your puppy and learn about our program.
If you are in a hurry or have questions, please call us at 415-453-4515. We would love to hear from you.
Puppy Roughhousing – How Much is Too Much?
Ever get that feeling in your gut that maybe your puppy is getting a little too animated in play? If it’s looking (and sounding) like Nat Geo at the watering hole, you’re probably right.
Think of a toddler who gets a little too excited, suddenly loses it, and starts crying. It’s the meltdown a parent will do anything to avoid, and most have learned when to step in before their child gets too far down that road.
It’s the same with puppies, and you are right to trust your gut. Here’s why;
When we allow puppies to roughhouse with each other, especially with larger puppies they quickly move from lighthearted play to sparring and mock battle. These fighting behaviors may be a throwback to earlier days and ancient canid ancestors, but they also occurred more recently – with his siblings.
Your Puppy’s Inner Warrior
If you’ve ever seen sibling puppies interact with each other you may be surprised to find they are highly competitive, fighting over food or toys. You’ll see them pin each other like wrestlers, bite the other’s ears and neck, then twist their bodies vigorously as if to dismember the other.