Homestead Dogs provides the special Puppy Training Classes needed at this important stage of their development. Whether your puppy will be a family pet or even a sport or therapy dog, Amy and her staff will get them ready to perform in their new roles.
Our Puppy Beginnings Training Classes give your new puppy all the tools they’ll need to be a model pack member.
Much like a baby, a new puppy is particularly adept at being cute…and not much else.
As the puppy and litter mates are weaned from mom, they are also learning how to become a dog. This is also a great time to begin their training to become acclimated to the human world.
Before you bring them home from the breeder, the puppy should be fully weaned and eating solid food. This is typically around 7-8 weeks old. Most breeders, trainers and veterinarians prefer this age range for integration into a new home.
Besides nutrition, puppies are beginning to become aware of things not associated with mom. At this point, their hearing and eye sight have fully developed and they have entered their socialization stage. Socialization, in puppy development, refers to learning the human environment. This includes other dogs, other people, car rides, leashes, vacuum cleaners, the vet.
During this same time frame, puppies also experience a “fear period”. A natural defense mechanism, the fear period is instinctively developed to keep their, ahem, nose out of trouble (curiosity is apparently detrimental to more than cats). Dog trainers feel exposing puppies to increasingly more new experiences, like moving to a new home, help build their adaptability to the human experience later in life.
While seemingly a low priority compared to, say, housebreaking, improper development during the socialization and fear periods are a leading cause for puppy abandonment.
All animals perceive new sights, sounds and smells as a threat. Lacking an elder canine for guidance, the puppy is ill-equipped to handle the sensory-overload from a new environment or experience. The nervous puppy responds by chewing or digging or some other undesirable behavior and is compounded by family members unable to translate or correct the behavior. This is particularly common if the puppy has been crated for a large portion of their young life.
Fortunately, dogs are pack animals and prefer following a leader and becoming a valued member of the pack. Whether you or your family have had formal puppy training, your puppy is looking to you for guidance while communicating in their own way. Amy and Homestead Dogs will help you bridge the communication gap in the puppy training classes so you can focus on building family memories.
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Amy Durfey is a member of good standing of the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association (NK9DTA). NK9DTA is located in Columbus, Ohio and dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest ethical and business standards in the care and training of dogs and their owners. NK9DTA advocates for responsible dog ownership and the benefits of canine health care, training, humane treatment and ethical breeding.
You can follow this link to visit the Homestead Dogs listing on the NK9DTA site.
Amy Durfey is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Founded in 1884, the AKC actively advocates for responsible dog ownership and is dedicated to advancing dog sports. The American Kennel Club and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.
The Homestead Dogs listing can be found with this link to the AKC website.
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