When Is The Right Time To Start Puppy Training Classes?

Top Tips For Starting Puppy Training

Bringing a puppy back home is one of the most exciting things that can happen, but once the fun and games begin, so does the responsibility and you may find yourself asking when the best time to start pupping training classes is?


Bark & Birch Trainer Jo during puppy training

Is your puppy ready to start training?

As a new dog owner, you might have dilemmas and questions about choosing the right time to start with puppy training classes. You might also be interested in how to pick the right dog trainer or whether you can/should train a puppy yourself.



What age should you start puppy training classes?  

One of the most important tasks of every dog owner is to start with performing training lessons on time. Although puppies have short attention spans, they are capable of learning basic commands and socialisation skills. The best time to start with basic lessons is between the 7th and 9th week of  your pup's life. If you start training your dog at an early age, you’ll successfully prevent him/her from stubbornness and destructive biting and antisocial behaviours.

As your dog matures, he’ll be able to learn more advanced commands. With the help of a dog trainer, you can identify whether your pooch is prone to behavioural issues and what type of lessons he needs. Just like children, dogs are capable of learning quickly and need mental stimulation to become confident, obedient, and sociable!



Are puppy training classes worth it?

If you’re a first-time dog owner or you encounter problems during training, searching for a dog trainer/behaviour specialist would be a good idea. The classes with a professional dog trainer will help you learn the strategies you can use in the future. The continuity in training is also very important, and your dog trainer might want you to be become involved in the lessons.

The one to one Puppy Training Classes  at Bark & Birch, where a trainer will come to your home and work with you, are specially customised to fit both a dog and its owner. We pay attention to building a healthy relationship between owners and pups and believe only in choosing the right motivational tool and rewarding your pup too!

We know that not all motivational tools fit all dogs and it's crucial to choose the right one to get the best training results. The puppy training classes led by professionals will help dog owners to learn to build a respectful relationship with their dogs, and correct their behaviours early on


Should you go for board and train or one to one classes with a trainer at your house?

Depending on your experience as a dog owner and your free time, you can choose between a board and train program or one-to-one classes with a dog trainer. If you’ve searched the phrase ‘puppy training classes near me’ over a hundred times so far, our team can help you find a dog trainer that will suit your schedule and needs.

Board and train classes are perfect for owners who are unable to achieve continuity and multiple training classes. On the other hand, one-to-one puppy training classes are designed to work on building a healthy relationship between an owner and a pup. Some dog behavioural problems can be solved only at home. A dog trainer will objectively observe your interactions and suggest ways to correct his/her behaviour. One-to-one training lessons can be especially beneficial when a dog shows some of the following behavioural problems:


  • Separation anxiety
  • Constant barking and howling
  • Growling
  • Food guarding
  • Jumping on guests and family members

As soon as you get home with your new puppy, his or her training will begin and will include introducing your dog to a new environment. Every sniff, lick, and touch will help your dog become familiar with new odours, items, people and animals.

Early socialisation will be the pillar of your dog’s personality in the future and will induce confidence and a calm temperament. Other basic puppy training classes include bite inhibition and house-training. At Bark & Birch, you can choose the option of us coming to your home for one to one sessions where your puppy and you are both comfortable.


Are puppies easier to train?

Even though it’s not impossible to train any dog at any age, training a puppy has a slight advantage over training an adolescent or adult dog!

Puppies can have problems with concentration, so that’s why it’s important to keep the classes short in the beginning. The success of training will depend on a training regime, the owner’s patience, and expectations. Puppies might need multiple repetition sessions, but they can make greater progress in learning. The key to success is to set house rules and establish early on who the pack leader is. That’s how you’ll prevent stubbornness and bossy behaviour in your pet. 



How do you house train a puppy?

Puppy house training might look like a twilight zone for new/first-time dog owners and you’ll need to set the rules from the start. Accidents will be part of a process, so that’s why it’s essential to persevere in putting your pet on the right track.

House training lessons should be based on 3 tasks:


1.Establishing a routine

Every puppy should have a schedule for eating, going outside to strolls and the toilet, and playing. Your pet will have accidents during the first weeks, so that’s why it’s important not to change the schedule frequently. As your puppy grows, he will be able to control the bladder longer and will get used to a specific eating schedule.

It’s also not recommended to allow the dog to play with toys throughout the day. In that way, you won’t be able to use them for rewarding and training. You should set a specific occasion or a time during the day to allow your puppy to play with toys.


2. Crate training

Crate training is one of the most important house training lessons that can prevent your dog from separation anxiety. It is a condition that occurs more often in companion breeds that have learned to work beside their owners.

Aside from this, crate training should become a practice for every dog. It doesn’t necessarily represent a cage or some other closed space. It can be an x-pen or a simple dog bed where your puppy will feel safe and relaxed. It is an important part of building independence and training a dog to get used to spending time alone.



3. Setting the do’s and don’ts 

By setting boundaries in the house, you’ll be able to create a confident, friendly, and healthy relationship with your dog. Once you determine the boundaries you should stay consistent without exceptions. Bite inhibition is one of the rules that teaches a dog to control the pressure of its mouth. It will help a pet to show reactive biting without causing severe injuries.


Can you train a puppy yourself?

You can train a puppy yourself by building the level of trust between the two of you. The success depends on many things such as the dog’s temperament, age, genetics, breed, and your temperament as well. To become a trustful pack leader, you should possess a strong personality that won’t allow your dog to switch roles.

The best way to train a puppy yourself is to use a firm voice, lots of praise words, food treats, and stuffed-toys (interactive toys). Interactive toys teaches a dog to work for food and improve intelligence. They can help in keeping a dog entertained during the owner’s absence. Physical punishment should not be used because it can induce a negative dog’s reaction.


Why should you get a dog trainer?

Since you’ve probably experienced love at first sight from the moment you’ve brought your puppy home, you might have issues with objective observation. Spoiling a puppy is one of the biggest mistakes owners can make. They want to shower their pets with love and affection which is also important in building a trustful relationship. However, people often forget that dogs are like children. Since they crave rules, they need boundaries that will prevent them from being stubborn and aggressive.

Therefore, by hiring a dog trainer, you’ll help your dog to master commands and will get a new and objective perspective of his behaviour. A professional dog trainer can help you build a better relationship with your pooch. It isn’t a sign of your failure but only a way of showing how much you care for your dog, his personality, and your relationship.



How to pick a dog trainer?

Picking the right trainer who will perform successful puppy training classes isn’t easy. That’s why we, at Bark & Birch, tend to help dogs and their owners lead happier lives together. We trust in using ethical methods built on positive reinforcement and reward training. We strictly forbid using punishment methods, and brutal tools such as electric shocks and collars.


How much does a dog trainer cost?

The price of puppy training classes depends on type and intensity. Besides customised lessons, we also offer you  2-week basic obedience program, 3-week advanced obedience program, rehabilitation classes, and one-to-one home sessions.

Good luck with your new puppy and we are here for anything you need dog training wise! Get in touch with our friendly team!



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