Why is it that The American Veterinary
Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) & The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) suggest that puppies start formal
training as young as 8 weeks of age.
puppy can easily learn commands like sit, down and leave-it any time BUT you will never regain this opportunity to develop
good social skills so naturally and with such little effort.
Because this is
the ideal time to teach your puppy not to bite, what to chew, how to be friendly (to dogs, kids and adults).
Because the number one
reason that dogs, 3 years of age and under, are relinquished to shelters and euthanized daily is "behavior problems”
Because between 7 and 18 weeks of age (pre-adolescence)
is a crucial time period in the social development of your puppy.
Because it has long
been understood by many behaviorists, trainers, vet techs, veterinarians and shelter staff that
Training and Socialization create a well adjusted
note that group training for puppies that have not completed their vaccinations must take place in an indoor clean training rink.
For more information on the AVSAB & the AVMA's position on when to begin training
select one of their links below: