The peak socialisation period in your puppy’s life occurs between the ages of 6 to 16 weeks. It is during this phase that your puppy needs to become accustomed to as many new experiences as possible. At this age a puppy will quickly and willingly learn many training commands including sit, stay, come and heel. He/she will need to be house trained and learn to walk on a lead. It is essential to socialise your puppy early.
When you take your puppy to a park or public place, always keep him/her on a lead. Keep an eye out for bigger dogs approaching and pick your puppy up if you suspect the other dog looks in any way aggressive. A puppy’s temperament and trust of other dogs can be ruined by an experience like this. This is not to say you should not socialize your puppy with other dogs, just be aware of other dogs that may have a bad temperament.
We recommend taking your puppy to Puppy training classes. These classes are great fun for owners and puppies alike and are a must for any pet owner wanting a well-behaved sociable dog. Advice is on hand at all times on any problems or questions you may have regarding your puppy.
Your puppy will make mistakes from time to time. Most of these mistakes are natural puppy behaviours. It is up to you to teach your puppy right from wrong in the human world. Patience, praise and commitment will assist your puppy in developing into a well behaved, loyal companion. Bellowing at them or smacking is not the right way. If our puppies develop bad behaviour, it is nearly always our fault, not theirs.
We suggest you also attach a personalised ID tag and preferably use a more permanent form of identification, such as a microchip which your vet will be happy to provide.
The microchip is painlessly injected under the skin and can be read by a special scanner used by rescue centres, welfare organisations and all veterinarians. Your pet’s details are kept on a national database so you can be contacted and re-united with your pet should they ever be lost.