Congratulations on getting a new puppy!
There are many time sensitive topics to cover in raising a puppy. We are providing resources, below, to get you started. We want you to get a jump start to helping your puppy learn the world is a safe place and how they are expected to behave. Unfortunately, it is easy to find a lot of outdated information out there, so proceed with caution when doing your research and getting advice. Positive early experiences and appropriate challenges are so important to building resilient and optimistic puppies.
Puppies are most open to new experiences up to 12 to 14 weeks. They are learning about bite pressure and how to inhibit their bite by 20 weeks. They need to cope with being alone and confined. These topics should be your first stop. From there, you will find a variety of topics to help your puppy thrive and be a good canine citizen.
Each puppy will be different, always adjust your plans based on your puppy’s comfort and ability. If your puppy is displaying fearful or aggressive behaviors, please let your trainer and vet know as soon as possible so it can be addressed.
If you would like to join a puppy kindergarten class, we suggest you contact the OSU Behavior Department. Their class is open to puppies under 12 weeks. If your puppy is over 12 weeks, you can start Skills and Manners classes with us as soon as your puppy is fully vaccinated.