A puppy is always a joyful addition to a home. Puppies can be a handful but owning one has many benefits. Owning a puppy can lower your risk of heart disease and reduce stress. Ensure that your puppy gets the necessary training to be a well-disciplined dog with a puppy class.
During the first few weeks of a puppy’s life, it typically acquires a lot of social behaviors from its interaction with its mother and other puppy siblings. The next few weeks, a puppy learns how to socialize and interact with people. During the 8th week, your puppy can be enrolled in a puppy class.
What are Puppy Classes?
Puppy classes offer so much more than basic training to your puppy. Puppy classes teach puppies as young as 8 weeks to 5 months. Here are some of the things that your puppy will learn in these classes.
- Basic skills such as sitting, staying, and coming when called are only some of the things that your puppies can learn in a puppy class.
- Socialization skills are also introduced in a puppy class. Puppies are taught to move comfortably and interact with other dogs, and humans.
- Puppies are also trained how to fetch, take, drop, and leave objects when directed.
- Discipline is also taught in puppy classes. Puppies are taught essential skills such as potty training, chewing, and controlling unruly behavior.
Puppy classes are essential for the following reasons:
To establish biting skills at an early age
Puppies are very receptive to new skills at especially in their early months. One of the most critical skills that they need to learn at a young age is how to control their bite. You may think that biting is so natural for puppies that it does not need to be taught. However, puppies must learn how to control their jaws and calibrate how hard or soft they should bite.
More importantly, puppies must learn what is called “bite inhibition”. This is a skill that controls how strong or soft he should bite. This skill is vital to teach at an early age in a puppy’s life because puppies do not have the innate capacity to control their bites.
To build social skills with other dogs
Since dogs are pack animals by nature, they are instinctively social creatures. However, because dogs have been domesticated by man through time, they have become more and more solitary. Dogs, especially those who are being raised in a home environment, must be taught how to interact with others dogs. A dog with poor social skills can be inappropriate or uncomfortable with other dogs. Puppy classes can help your little pets get accustomed with other puppies while developing their confidence.
These classes can also teach your pets good behavior while interacting with other dogs. This supervised interaction with other dogs can prove to be very enjoyable for your puppies and will give them a lot of positive experiences with other dogs. This will help your puppy grow up to be a confident and happy dog.
To build social skills with humans
Because puppies are not born with the inherent social skills with humans. Some of them can be fearful around people. The social skills of puppies towards people must be introduced at an early age to develop healthy bonds with people.
Puppies must be introduced to different types of people. It is not enough that they interact with you or with other members of your family. They have to get used to different kinds of people with different appearances, smells, and sounds. Puppy classes give your little ones the exposure to different people of different ages, gender, and appearances, as well as to people wearing different clothes and doing different activities.
To help them develop basic obedience skills
Teaching your dogs how to be obedient during their early developmental stage can save you a lot of headache in the future. Puppy classes typically teach dogs how to obey basic commands while giving them rewards when they accomplish tasks. Here are some of the skills taught in obedience classes:
- Potty training
- Come when called
- Stay or keep still
- Drop something
- Lay down
To improve your dog’s safety skills
Puppies are naturally curious about their environment. And, when they don’t get training early in life, they may be exposed to different life-threatening situations without knowing what to do. Puppy classes teach dogs what places, food, and equipment to avoid.
Enrolling your puppy to a puppy class may be the best thing you can do to your little bundle of joy. If you are looking for a fun, enjoyable, and customized training class in St. Charles, St. Louis and 60-mile radius of St. Charles, MO (excluding Illinois), contact Positive Paws Pet Training at 636-352-3104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.