If you’re like most puppy parents, you probably have a couple of goals: (1) Help your puppy reach their full potential, and (2) survive puppyhood!
Common puppy training goals
You might want your puppy to learn behaviors like –
- Walk on a leash
- Come when called
- Leave It
- Drop It
- Socialization with other puppies, people, and new situations.
- Allow handling, so you can trim their nails, give them a bath, or have an easier time at the vet.
- Go potty outside, don’t jump on people, stop biting people, and only chew on appropriate things.
Puppy behavior prevention
And, you might want your puppy to avoid these types of behaviors –
- Separation anxiety – Teaching your puppy to be comfortable when left alone or physically separated from you can help prevent or aid in the treatment of separation anxiety.
- Resource guarding – When your puppy begins to guard their prized possessions (food, treats, bones, toys, etc.) from people or dogs using behaviors such as growling, snapping, or biting. Puppies learn good things happen when their high-value resources are taken away, so they are not threatened when someone approaches their resources.
- Potty training problems – Setting your puppy up to be successful from the beginning is the best way to build strong habits of going potty in the right places.
- Aggression – Positive exposure to people and other dogs helps puppies learn how to properly interpret body language of other dogs and interactions with people so they understand when other dogs don’t pose a threat and how to play appropriately. Interacting with other puppies at a young age, and learning a variety of play styles gives dogs the best chance at growing up to be social adults.
- Fear – Early, positive exposure to a variety of novel situations, objects, surfaces helps grow a puppy’s confidence, teaching him the coping skills he will need to engage in new experiences as an adult.
- Excessive excitability – Teaching puppies how to relax and focus helps them learn to control their bodies when things get exciting. Early exposure to novelty and opportunities to engage in enriching activities also helps puppies avoid overstimulation.
- Destruction – Chewing and biting are normal puppy behaviors. As they grow up, puppies will learn household manners. Puppy guardians need to learn to manage the home environment so puppy biting and chewing behaviors don’t become habits in the future.
Training your puppy at an early age helps to prevent these types of problem behaviors.
Puppy class can help.
The most important period for socialization and exposure to new experiences is during the first three months of a dog’s life. This is also the perfect time to teach your puppy new behaviors and proactively prevent bad habits. Learn how to join a puppy class in San Diego by clicking here. (If your puppy is older, don’t worry! There are still plenty of things you can do to train and socialize your puppy.)
Puppy classes are open enrollment classes, so you can start as soon as you’re ready. Review the Group Class information page for more details about puppy class schedule, pricing, and class requirements. Puppy classes are held at a pet supply store in San Diego in the Normal Heights neighborhood.