When you bring a puppy into your life, you know you’re in for endless fun and games. But for your puppy to be the best it can, emotional and behavioural development are paramount – and social contact with other dogs is a big part of that process.
Our puppy parties in Kettering are a great way for your pet to meet other dogs in a supportive, safe environment, so if you’d like to come along, just ask us.
We can offer advice about puppy training all over Northamptonshire, and our head vet has some simple training tips that you and your puppy can practice at home.
Top five puppy training tips
- Socialise your puppy early
The first 12 weeks are vital in the development of a happy, healthy dog. Once your pup has been fully vaccinated, start taking it on short walks so it can meet other pups – and people.
- Supervise meetings with children
Children love puppies and will want to play with them, but too much at once can be overwhelming for your pup. Introduce children gently, one at a time, so it can gradually get used to being handled by different people.
- Introduce different noises
Your puppy needs to acclimatise to household noises such as the TV and vacuum cleaner, but start slowly. Some people use CDs featuring sounds such as fireworks and sirens, playing them quietly at first and increasing the volume over time.
- Don’t rush into car travel
You are obviously going to want to take puppy for interesting walks, but it’s best to let them play in a stationary car a few times before embarking on short journeys. Build journey lengths gradually to get your puppy used to traffic and noise.
- Reward relaxed behaviour
Every time your puppy responds calmly to new situations, reward it with a treat. This sort of positive reinforcement encourages good behaviour in young dogs.
Here to help
Talk to our puppy advisors at Avenue Veterinary Clinic about any worries you may have or, better still, bring your puppy in and help teach it that visiting the vet is a positive experience. There’s no need to make an appointment but give us a call us on 01536 512200 ahead of your trip so we can make sure someone is around to look after you.