Why IS PUPPY TRAINING SO IMPORTANT!?!
You have a unique opportunity to mold your puppy into the dog of your dreams. Without your guidance, your puppy will likely get into a lot of trouble.
There is no need to wait until your puppy has received all of his vaccinations. According to many veterinarians and dog training professionals, there is a greater risk that your dog will be surrendered to an animal shelter or euthanized due to lack of early socialization than he will be to contract a life-threatening disease as long as you take some simple precautions.
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A puppy's critical socialization "window" is from 4 to 16 weeks of age. During this time, you should plan to introduce your puppy to everyone & everything you expect he may be exposed to over his lifetime. It is equally as important that these introductions are always positive, so you will want to avoid situations where you cannot control the outcome. Dog parks can be great and they can also be very dangerous. If a puppy has a negative run-in with another dog at the park, this could scar him for life leaving him to be fearful and/or reactive to dogs as he gets older.
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When you first bring your puppy home, it seems like everything is a priority...and it is! Use this list as a guide so you don't get overwhelmed and you also don't set the groundwork for mis-behaviors to occur.
Set boundaries the moment you bring your puppy home and stick to them. You are setting the stage for a lifetime of behaviors.