Getting ready for your puppy

Getting your new puppy is a very exciting event for everybody. There are many things you can do to prepare yourself and your set-up at home for the new arrival.

I can help you make this event less stressful for you and your puppy.

You can benefit from advice for a suitable set-up at home that will make it easy for you to manage your puppy. I can give advice from toilet training, sleeping arrangements, feeding times and diet to implementing basic training strategy and socialisation/desensitisation.

Puppy training starts from the moment you get your new friend. Setting foundations from day one will set you off on the best possible track for a harmonious relationship.


Puppy Training and Socialisation

The first 6 months of your puppy are the most important time for learning. Indeed, the first 16 weeks of your puppy’s life are the most important time for socialising.

Once the puppy has settled in and bonded with you, Puppy socialisation sessions will get the puppy used to new and different environments, noises and walking on lead. This can include walking in different environments, getting used to new noises and ‘scary things’ like trucks, the ocean, vacuum cleaners and the like.

Regular weekly sessions with your trainer will ensure your training is on track. Any behaviour issues are recognised early and can be worked with before they become well-rehearsed and ingrained.

Getting your puppy to meet other dogs should only happen under strict supervision and you need to choose suitable dogs very carefully. It is best to join a Puppy Pre-school where your dog can meet other puppies of a similar age to learn social skills.

I recommend enrolling into the Puppy Pre-school at the Cairns City Kennel Club. This is the most advanced puppy training group around. Here puppies do not only learn basic behaviours, but also are allowed time off lead to socialise with other ‘suitable’ puppies. The instructor will match puppies of a similar size and temperament. Social skills with other dogs need to be learned and this is best done in a supervised and safe environment. All you need to partake is your puppy needs to have had its second vaccination.