(Closed) Puppy Preschool – Hints & Tips

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

He will do great! The whole purpose of puppy preschool is for them to learn how to play with puppies and other obedience basics. We took our puppy when he was about 13 weeks to puppy class and he’d never been around any dogs but his litter.

A good trainer/facilitator will let the dogs have time to interact, should have some different toys out, and will make you feel comfortable about your dogs behavior. Our guy loved playing with every dog right away, but he was a barker – so noisy! I was nervous that he was “aggressive”, but the trainer assured us that was just his way of getting attention and it was normal. Some other puppies wanted to hide behind their owners, but after a time or two the trainer coaxed them out with toys & they were okay. We never had any fights with any dogs.

It’s great that he knows “sit”! Ours picked it up quickly too and it’s been a lifesaver. Let us know how it goes – puppy playtime was my favorite!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I took my 10wk old Golden retriever to Puppy preschool. It was defiantely more of a social class that got her used to being around other pets. I think besides that we learnt how to get her to sit and that was about it. We then did obidience training which was much more specialised and I highly recommend it. Good luck and have fun! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

It’ll get better! My golden was a little worried around some dogs…I think it’s okay. He’s now a super social, but calm dog.

I looooove Spencer so much!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

He’s at a perfect place to start! and as a 13 week old he will most likely be super excited to play with other puppies. When we brought my pup to pre-school she as about the same age, it was hard for her to focus on the training and not play with the other dogs but we learned “heeling” and recall  in addition to the basic commands and some tips and tricks for dealing with testy puppy behavior as she got older. Good luck, doing the puppy classes was one of the best decisions we made with our girl.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If he’s shy around other dogs then bringing him to the class is a really good idea because it will help socialize him and he’ll see that being around other dogs is fine even if he isn’t really interested in playing. I had a friend who’s puppy was really scared of other dogs, she still isn’t super keen on playing but she is fine around them now. My dog is actually the opposite of Spencer, she is shy with people but loves, loves, loves other dogs. We’ve had her since she was a little puppy and have been conscientious about socializing her, but she is still shy about people. It’s amazing how much personality they have even from a young age.

ETA: Good luck! Smile

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If he’s shy around the other puppies I’d definitely get him out and socialize him as much as possible while you still can. I’d call around and see if there are any puppy play groups in your area. You could try your local humane society, vet, or daycare place.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Mrs. Jaguar:  Glad to hear things went pretty well! You should try to set up a play date with one of the other pups in the class (I’m sure you already thought of that though haha). We just found out that our dog will have another boxer in her class, so we’re pretty excited about that. Please keep us posted on his progress and more pictures, pleaseeee πŸ™‚

 

Ruby doesn’t start her puppy classes until next week, but we’ve been socializing her with other dogs since about 9 weeks. At first she was kinda nervous, but now she’s *that* dog – the one that barks and wants to play like a crazy dog and basically scares other puppies haha :-/  She’s pretty good, but the fact that she’s a Boxer adds another element to the issue – she walks right up to ‘stranger’ doggies and starts boxing them – like literally bops them on the head and *obviously* not all dogs like that haha. Luckily, we have abou 3 neighors with adult Boxers and they’ve boxed her right back, so she’s kinda learning that she’s not the biggest, baddest dog around. I’m excited to be able to really take her out to socialize (like to the dog park, etc.) because I want her to learn to play better and hopefully not box as much (but I doubt that’ll happen, since she’s naturally inclined towards it!).

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

And you have the added benefit of adorable overload πŸ™‚ watching puppies play is one of the greatest joys in life, I think.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you know of any adult dogs with their vaccinations he should be fine to play with them too. Honestly I kind of think keeping a puppy totally separated from other dogs for so long really hurts their socialization, and it’s worth the risk to me to to schedule some carefully supervised play visits with other familiar dogs while they’re still young. They don’t necessarily have to play with puppies all the time either, a well behaved adult dog can really help to teach them appropriate doggie manners.

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