Between the ages of 8-12 weeks puppies go through a fear period. Using positive techniques to expose your puppy to new stimuli increases the likelihood that as your puppy matures, it will be more relaxed and confident when it encounters new events in its life. If your puppy missed this opportunity, it's not too late to take steps to properly socialize
Absolutely! The trick is to find the proper reinforcement that motivates the dog.
Modifying or redirecting behavior is usually best achieved with a
one-on-one evaluation and individual training classes.
First and foremost, be honest! Matching a breed's characteristics and basic personalities to your life style is a start. Getting a high energy breed like a Border Collie- if your life is more sedentary- is not necessarily a good fit. Knowing up front if the dog's personality or breed type does well with other dogs, or cats, or children are also important factors to consider based on your family situation. If providing enough exercise for your dog is a problem, consider hiring a licensed dog walker!
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