Spend more time with your dog and develop a strong bond with him. He is after all your best friend for life.
Time goes by so quickly, and before you know it, you missed out on years of adventure. Unless you make an effort to do different activities and take your dog on interesting adventures, you might regret it when he is too old to join you. Have a look at these must-do activities for the two of you, and see which ones you have completed and what you would still like to do with your dog.
Puppy socialisation classes
What: If you have a puppy, enrol him in puppy socialisation classes
Why: The classes subject your puppy to all sorts of novel stimuli that we take for granted. It is an easy setting to get lots of people of all sizes and shapes, including children, for your puppy to meet. It is essential that the experiences are positive. This pads your puppy with coping skills in the years to come.
Puppy classes will also help you learn about your puppy’s personality and disposition, teach you how to teach your puppy basic manners, and puppy will learn dog-dog skills by playing with other puppies. Play also teaches bite inhibition. Problematic behaviours such as fearfulness can be nurtured and improved during this period with the correct professional assistance.
How: Locate a reputable puppy socialisation class that uses ethical science-based techniques. Get references from your local vet, social media, and training and behaviour associations. Ask about qualifications, experience and associations.
When: Puppy school generally starts at about 10 weeks old. The critical socialisation period closes at around 16 weeks old.
What: Continue class training
Why: Continued training cements basic skills learnt, and you may want to compete, or carry on just for fun – all training should be fun for you and your dog. This type of activity will improve the bond between you and your dog.
How: Locate a reputable training school in your area from reputable sources.
When: You can start once puppy socialisation school is complete, or if you have an older dog – as long as this is something your dog would cope with and enjoy. You can start anytime, no matter how old your dog is, as long as he is physically and mentally able to manage.