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Old 11-09-2008, 07:32 AM   #1
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what age is good age to start training my new puppy new tricks my pup is only 8weeks old.

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Old 11-09-2008, 07:49 AM   #2
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You should start training the pup as soon as you get him really, they learn quicker when they are younger.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:18 AM   #3
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You might want to start with the basic commands first before tricks. Sit, Down, Come, Stay, etc.

Joining a puppy class is also be fantastic for socialization and for training advice.

Remember to make training fun!

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the most important thing at that age is socialisation, puppy classes will fill that need as well as training

try and get the puppy around as many types of people as often as possible

when lady was a pup, we took her to [email protected] regulary - its guaranteed if you spend an hour in there lots of different types of people will have very postive reactions to the puppy and build up a lot of positive association. this is critical to the dog at this age

i also took lady to dobbies garden centre on sundays - they were happy for me to come in with her as long as i checked in at customer services and politely asked first. their only condition was that i didn't put her down

i've got to say i have a super friendly dog as a result- when she meets strangers she doesn't just wag her tail, she wags her entire body!!!

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Hello and Welcome to the Dog Forum.org.

The breeder if there was one should of worked already with the puppy before selling it at 8 weeks. That is the best age to begin leash training, going to puppy classes to socialize it. I would not worry about tricks as much as some basic obedience like sit, down, come here, etc.

It needs to learn most now to get along with other puppies and listen to a few commands. If you do not have puppy classes just as there are non in our area, I work with mine, then instruct the new owners to continue and I have had no problems or complaints. Good luck with your new baby and hope it works out great and much fun....
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Yes training should start now. We had Amber at 8 wks and she was sitting and staying on command within the first week, I was surprised just how fast a puppy can learn. Good Luck.
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the most important thing at that age is socialisation, puppy classes will fill that need as well as training

try and get the puppy around as many types of people as often as possible

when lady was a pup, we took her to [email protected] regulary - its guaranteed if you spend an hour in there lots of different types of people will have very postive reactions to the puppy and build up a lot of positive association. this is critical to the dog at this age

i also took lady to dobbies garden centre on sundays - they were happy for me to come in with her as long as i checked in at customer services and politely asked first. their only condition was that i didn't put her down

i've got to say i have a super friendly dog as a result- when she meets strangers she doesn't just wag her tail, she wags her entire body!!!
Yes, this is excellent advice, I am in total agreement. Training can begin straight away, but your first priority right now is definitely socialisation because you have a limited window of opportunity when your puppy will be most accepting of new experiences.

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also RECALL, if you create a really good recall now between age of 8-12 weeks (before the puppy gets into the independence age), this together with sit, stop and down.. You will have most of it down..

It is shown that puppies learn the easiest now... than later...

Here you ahev all the stages, and this is a good one
http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/Dev...talStages.html
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