This video is a small clip from Argos Dog Training’s Puppy Meet Up and Socialization class. This puppy class is focused on puppy socialization more than puppy obedience training. Between eight weeks (when most puppies go home) and 16 weeks (when puppies enter their adolescence) there are some important things that we should accomplish with our puppy.
First is house training. More dogs end up in shelters for this reason than any other issue. During class you will be able to talk with a professional dog trainer to help you solve any house training problems quickly. We also need to teach most puppies not to play bite, or not to bite on the leash. Other important lessons to teach a puppy are that they need to be social around food and toys, accept touch from professionals like a veterinarian or groomer, and accept touch from children and other strangers. We want to start to socialize our dogs to objects that they will see in every day life. Things like vacuum cleaners, wheel chairs and baby strollers which some dogs could grow to fear or hate. Getting to know how our puppies will see new things so we can be ready to help the fearful puppies without coddling them or slow down the high energy puppies without making them more excited is something down owners need to learn. This is also an opportunity to learn more about caring for your dog: how to clip nails, brush teeth, check a pulse, and how to be ready for an emergency situation. Finally your puppy will be able to play with other puppies and a few well behaved adult dogs so that you can see healthy puppy play behavior. If your puppy is social, your puppy will have a greater chance at happiness.
Enjoy the puppy play video. And as always Enjoy Your Dog!!! For more information about our puppy meet up class feel free to give us a call at 617-778-8987.