This post is very personal to me. I recently adopted a 12 week old puppy whom I named Bandit.
Having a puppy is a lot of fun however it is also really important that you start getting the basics down to how you want your puppy to behave now and when he/she grows up.
Getting started with puppy socialization classes is a great beginning. Also, getting him socialized with friends, family, neighbors, kids, etc., is also really important. Behaving around people, kids and other dogs helps your puppy by understanding what is and what is not acceptable behavior.
I am currently in a puppy socialization class with Bandit. We had our 2nd class last week and each week we work on simple things like sit, down, recall (aka come when called). These are just some basics to help your puppy understand and focus on what you want him/her to do.
Puppies don't know how to behave so it is important that we teach them.
Here are some of the things you can expect at a puppy socialization class:
- Recall (come when called)
- Playtime with other puppies (socialization)
- Target training
Giving your new puppy the foundation to begin his life as a well behaved and confident adult doggie is worth all the time you are taking for him/her. In return, your puppy will give you years and years of unconditional love and happiness !!!