3 Puppies and their girls after Puppy Class.

Bite Inhibition and Socialization.

Preventing bad bite inhibition and poor socialization are the most urgent priorities when it comes to your new puppy.  These things need to be worked on before your puppy is 18weeks old.  Unfortunately, many owners don’t consider or think about training until the puppy is 5 or 6 months old.  This is actually a poor time to start training as the puppy is no longer a puppy, but an adolescent.  That’s right a teenager! The good news is that dog adolescence doesn’t last near as long as human adolescence.  The bad news is that the transition from puppyhood to adolescence is the most difficult time for owners.   This is the most common age that dogs are surrendered to shelters.  However, if you start puppy class before 18 weeks of age, you will have a much better chance of making it through teenagerland without pulling your hair out!

Puppy classes provide a clean, non-threatening, controlled environment for your puppy to play and socialize with other people and puppies.  Puppies must play together to build confidence and to learn proper doggie etiquette.  A puppy that is properly socialized and given the chance to play with other puppies is much less likely to develop fear or aggression as an adult.

The Big Daddy, critical reason for puppy class is provide the best opportunity for your puppy to develop bite inhibition and a soft mouth.  Puppy biting is absolutely natural and normal.  But, those little needle teeth hurt! Still, one of the biggest mistakes we can make is to punish them for biting.  We have to teach the puppy by giving appropriate feedback.  The more appropriate feedback, the less dangerous she will be as an adult dog.  As far as bite inhibition goes, there are no better teachers than other puppies.  Puppies give each other excellent feedback when bitten too hard.  “Hey that hurt!  I’m not going to play with you anymore!”  It’s a wonderful and amazing thing to watch.

The best puppy classes intermingle short training sessions with off leash play.  To search for trainers and classes in your area, visit www.apdt.com

In Houston, there is still time to join Get Along Little Doggie’s Puppy Class (10-18 weeks) that meets every Saturday at 11 AM through March 6th @ Urban Tails in Midtown.  Call 323-573-0727 for more information.

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“A house is not a home until it has a dog.”

~Gerald Durrell

Stephanie Bennett

Certified Canine Trainer & Behavior Specialist

Professional Dog Training in Houston, TX



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