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    Default When is it best to take a puppy to a training course?

    Hello,

    I hope this is the right area to post this. I am wondering at what age you would recommend taking a puppy to one of those training courses? I wish to do this with my little girl and I am thinking that at around say 18 weeks is ideal, as soon as she is fully vaccinated and had the appropriate time post vax's.

    Am I on the right track here?

    Thanks

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    You can enroll your puppy in a class now. Ask your local vet. They often run then or obedience clubs like mine have classes mid-week for the very young puppies.

    Look for classes that are smallish, aren't a free for all - as in puppies are on a lead a great deal of the time & use positive reinforcement training methods. Turn up with your puppy on a fixed collar and lead and yourself with a "bait bag" full of very small easy pcs of something soft & yummy to reward puppy. The earlier you get started the better start to socialisation your puppy will have.

    Sometimes very small breeds can join puppy classes at an older age, but generally speaking puppy classes (puppy pre-school) are for puppies between 8 & 16 weeks of age as a general rule.

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    Like MAC said
    Pets are forever

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    My vet runs puppy preschool for pups aged 8 weeks to 4 months old. And after that they can join dog obedience club puppy classes.

    Some dog clubs run puppy preschools too.

    My puppy didn't seem to remember anything she learned until she was about 12 months old, but that may have had more to do with my lack of skill.

    I would not wait - I would find a place for puppy training now. And for bonus - most councils will give a discount on rego if your dog has a certificate for completing basic training.

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    take your pup now before the pup reaches 4 months old, then follow it up with 1 on 1 training
    like we do (dedication and motivation) that's what I learned from this FORUM
    m<(o.o)>m

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    Thanks everyone!
    I called our Vet and have enrolled her in the next puppy pre-school, which is in just under 2 weeks. They also recommended a harness and lead for the classes and her favourite treats. I went out and got her a harness and lead today to get her used to it before she starts the classes.

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    ASAP. But in socialisation window of opportunity, so before 4 months. Its very basic, and wonderful experience for your pup.

    Not the best situation to socialise a dog in i find, but if you dont have access to other dogs, a wonderful solution.

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    With my experience I never do the puppy preschool..
    I find it is not suitable for me but hey could be suitable for others..
    I always do the next step which is obedience and that is from 16 weeks..
    Each to their own I guess....

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    It would depend on the puppy school..some are really good and not the "let all the puppies go" type.it is where puppies learn to be social around other dogs and also have supervised play-times.
    it is really good for the pups, especially good before 16 weeks as they are like sponges during that time and it lasts for their lifetime.........
    Pets are forever

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    Maxi attended a puppy class at his vets, it was a small group with mostly small puppies except for a Malumute and a working dog (mix I think), most of the time it was on lead and on individual mats. When they had free time it was off lead and got a bit crazy but it was only 2mins and the Big size puppies were separated to play with each other in another room.

    I think this puppy class is the reason why Maxi doesn't balk at going to the vets today, cause he is hoping to run into his doggy mates or thinks this is the place he gets lots of treats
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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