Getting a puppy is a very exciting time, especially if they are your first puppy. It can also be quite a daunting time with lots of things to think about and buy so that you are ready for their arrival. Various information sources can be quite confusing so we hope that we are able to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for both you and your new pup!
Are you worried about puppy behaviour, toilet training or socialisation? The first 16 weeks of your puppy’s life are crucial for socialising and getting used to all kinds of new experiences. There are many things that you may not have even thought of, such as: motorcycles, hoovers and car horns. Getting your pup used to these various experiences as early as possible can prepare them to be calm and confident in their adult life.
It is really important that puppies learn how to cope on their own when you arent around. Puppies who are constantly with their owners can become socially anxious and will struggle if they require stays at the vets, groomers or kennels. A good way of doing this is to set up scenarios where your puppy is apart from you or other family pets and gradually increase the length of time, rewarding them calmly when you return.
Use this helpful handout to tick off experiences as you go and contact us if you require further advise with puppy socialisation and training.