Puppies can bring a lot of joy to a family but needs to be trained and socialized early on for good behavior. A dog’s personality and manners has to do with its genetics and its breed but you as the pet parent can socialize and train your pet to be a respectable member of the family. Such socializing such begin when your dog is very young and you can get help at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home, along with other professional dog training facilities.
You can start training your puppy from a very early age to be obedient and sociable. Their minds are very absorbent at this very tender age. Socialization can go in many different directions but what you really want to do is get the puppy accustomed to people of different ages, sizes, genders and colors, during their window of rapid learning and acceptance is still wide open. It is at this time that you also want to begin some basic obedience training, in small increments. Puppies have very short attention spans but it doesn’t mean they can’t learn at this stage; it only means that you have to do frequent training sessions for shorter periods.
Pups are very social in their early stages and love everyone until they are exposed to more unpleasant situations, negative people and other animals. At this point they start having their own mind and make their own assumptions. They need guidance and structure as you socialize and mold them into a well-mannered member of the family. To do so, part of the training process is to prevent such negative experiences.
This is not to say that you should expose your newborn baby to ill experiences, pets and people immediately but do so gradually as your dog matures in puppyhood. You surely don’t want to introduce new experiences and begin socializing when the dog reaches 6 – 12 months of age. Start slowly when the puppy enters the home and increase lessons and socialization from at least three months of age and on into adulthood. Have friends visit your house and interact with your pup, to pick him up, feed him, play with him, and talk to him soothingly. These are all good experiences for him, as well as bringing around safe and healthy domestic pets. Have some puppy “play dates” as long as you know the other pets are safe to be around your dog. These are some good techniques that are helpful to teach your dog confidence and social acceptance of other people and their pets. Socializing your puppy to other animals, especially dogs, is very important.
When a pet parent comes home with a new puppy that is all happy and friendly, they fail to recognize the need for early training and socialization of that new pet. For the greatest success with your dog, start early, be consistent and persistent in creating a happy, lovable and well-respected member of your family.
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For help in bringing out the smarts in your special canine in your area, try these: Tails A Waggin Dog Training, 3412 Minnesota Drive, Rockford, IL 61108-5928, (815) 226-9317 - Forest City Dog Training, JPS Dog Training. Training classes are usually forming at your local Rockford area Petsmart as well.
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
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