Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Well, the puppies are 9 weeks old and ready to start class. So, last night off to Marie's Beginner class. Because they are so young you must realize their attention span is limited - to say the least.
And, ALL training must be fun. Food is used to lure the puppies into position. If the puppy lifts it's head, it's butt automatically drops - There, a sit!
Food between the paws will help them lay down to be close to the treat - What a good down Ditto!
Food in front of their nose will cause a stand- what a good show dog Spring is learning to be.
While we have tried to produce great temperamented puppies - the most work is now up to the new owner. It is never too early to start classes, but wait and it could well be too late to undo bad habits.
Socialize and exposure to new surroundings are key to a happy, well adjusted adult.