Congratulations on your puppy!
Science found long ago that the “puppy” phase is actually much shorter than most folks give it credit for. Puppyhood is marked by the “imprinting” phase. This is a phase of development your dog goes through to determine the things, places, sights, smells, people, and animals that will make up its adult world. If your dog doesn’t hear it, see it, do it, feel it, or experience it before imprinting has ended, it will be like an alien invasion to your dog later in life!
What scientists found decades ago is that the imprinting stage lasts thirteen WEEKS. Not thirteen months, or 2 years, as some would have you believe. 13 weeks. That’s it. Then they take the information they’ve absorbed and start seeing what boundaries and mischief they can get into! That is also when your puppy decides what jobs he needs to do and what constitutes a threat.
Your job, as a puppy owner, is to set your dog up for success. There is no greater responsibility given to a puppy owner than socialization. Yes, housebreaking sure is important, and yes, teaching them what to chew on is important too. But nothing you do will be worth a darn if you don’t expose, expose, expose your dog to the world.
Our job is to help you achieve success! The only requirement of your dog is that they are less than 16 weeks old.
My Puppy is 5 months (or 6 months, or 7 months)…but is displaying puppy behaviors. What then?
Congratulations, you don’t have a puppy anymore. You have a spoiled adolescent. And just as adolescent children become bratty and self entitled without good groundwork parenting, so do dogs. But don’t despair! Unlike teenage children, there is much hope for adolescent dogs!
Sign up for our group classes, where good character is instilled and honest training reigns supreme. Choose Beginner Novice for dogs less than 7 months old without aggression issues. Look at our adult classes for 8 month olds and up, or pups with aggression issues.