For young puppies I suggest you book a training consultation with me early on and ideally before you require care. You will likely want to take some time off work when you first get your puppy whilst you teach them to happily endure being alone and / or book a sitter to come to your home.
The sooner you start training the better and what you teach between 8-16 weeks has significant results.
If you’d like to discuss what dog to get and the pro’s and con’s of a rescue dog or what to look out for at the breeders, please book a training consultation.
The first night home can be very influential on the puppies behaviour and the earlier they can start training the more effective it will be. Check out the How to Crate Train page and / or contacting me before collecting your puppy is a good idea.
Socialisation (8-14 weeks)
It is critically important your puppy has plenty of positive interactions with humans, dogs and children prior to 14 weeks as well as as many positive experiences with livestock, hoovers, skate boards bikes, the vet, being handled etc.
I will show you what to do and what I mean by positive in your training session but finding friends with similar aged puppies or going to a puppy class that provides supervised appropriate socialisation is a great way to do this.
Whilst their bones are still growing they may not be suitable for large group walks and when they are out socialising it is important they are supervised by an experienced handler who can identify and prevent ‘bullying’ from older dogs so dogs interactions stay positive.
Furthermore learning to be left alone is a skill which needs to be built up.
Therefore I won't take your puppy into group walks until they are ready and I don't recommend you leave your puppy alone for long periods too soon, thus booking day care with a 'That Dog Guy' sitter may be a good option for you during which they can continue reinforcing the foundation behaviours you are teaching.
Once they are housetrained and you and your vet feel they can manage a full hours walk they are ready to come to me rather than an assistant or day care at your home.
I suggest you send your puppy to your chosen trusted friend or a 'That Dog Guy' helper for the odd single night in the first few weeks you have them and before considering 'boarding' them for a long period. You want them to get used to going away and coming back to you but not have them shunted around too many people early on.
If you do require a stay over then a sitter staying in your home may be the best option for the young un house trained pup.
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“Trained proactive handlers can pay attention to the environment around them so they can diffuse situations before they arise.” Brenda Aloff, (APDT)