Time to Train
Zuzu was one of the youngest and cutest, as well as one of the funniest pups in our Spring Group Puppy Training Class.
WHEN TO BEGIN
When do you begin training a child? Whether you realize it or not, your baby is learning right from the time you bring her home from the hospital. If you hold her every single time she cries, she learns that she can be held when crying--I've too spoiled a few babies in my life, it's hard not to. But they also learn to be more independent if they are not held all the time. We are training them to sleep in their own bed, swing in their swing, play in a playpen, walk in a walker, and when they begin touching things they shouldn't, we set up boundaries and use the word "NO!" They even learn to walk when they are still babes.
MOTHERING A PUP
Puppies are the same way. They should be with their mother for the first 6-8 weeks of life, because she teaches them many important things that will help them to be happy, healthy, and independent. When a pup is weaned too early and taken from their mother, they can suffer from Attachment Syndrome and have multiple issues including fear and aggression.
IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY
When I began my spring puppy and dog training classes a lady called and asked, "My puppy is only 8 weeks old, is she too young to begin training?"
I told her it was actually the perfect time to begin training her pup. She was a little nervous, but signed up for the class. Week by week, she worked with her puppy on the commands and was surprised how well her puppy learned to come, sit, lay down, and walk on a leash without pulling. (Read her full review here as well as many others)
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
Typically people bring puppies and dogs to me when they are several months to several years, are out of control or displaying bad behaviors, and have had no prior training or very little. Right now I'm working with a 10 year old Dachshund who, after only two short sessions, is not barking or showing anymore aggression (he bit two people) and he is coming, sitting, staying and walking on a leash without pulling.
THE BEST TIME TO TRAIN
We've had puppies that barked, jumped, and even bit their owners, others, or other dogs, and had all kinds of bad behaviors, but with only a few short training sessions not only were their bad behaviors broken, but they were happier, healthier dogs, that were obedient to their owners every command. The best time to train your puppy or dog is now. If you wait until you think you can afford training, your dog will continue to be out of control and may get hurt or hurt someone. That can lead to costly medical bills and or a lawsuit. Some dog owners have even had to put their dogs down. We work to prevent all of the above and keep our training sessions reasonable and affordable.
Lisa Freeman is an AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist from Owosso, Michigan. She specializes in dog obedience, behavior modification, aggression, pet therapy, and service dog training. Passionate about rescue and recovery she travels all over Michigan to help owners with pups and dogs that may otherwise have to be put down. She also fosters runaway dogs and helps them find their owners and also fosters rescue dogs and helps place them in safe, good, loving furever homes. She currently lives in Owosso, Michigan with her loving husband, two grown sons, and three dogs, one of which is a rescue now being trained for pet therapy and service dog work.