Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
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It's a good idea to introduce your pup to lots of new environments early on. Bear in mind that you need to be careful about taking her outside into the street or introducing her to new dogs before she has her full round of vaccinations. Typically the last vaccination will be somewhere between 12 and 14 weeks of age, so you need to get lots of experiences with new environments in as soon as your pup has her last jab.
Remember that dogs can carry diseases even if they don't show symptoms themselves, so don't rush to bring your friends' dogs over until the vaccinations are complete.
Remember to also start introducing typical sounds, like car engines, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and so on. This will help avoid having your dog freak out every time you want to vacuum the house.
Other Animals – Puppy School
Introducing your pup to other animals is important, especially other dogs. Doing this early will help prevent problems when you take your dog for walks later on. One of the best ways to get lots of early socialization in this area is a puppy school. (These will also help you out with basic training.)
Actually, puppy schools push all the right buttons for socialization. They introduce your dog to:
- New people
- New dogs
- A new environment
All in one go.
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