We’ve been taking the puppies to puppy class. The classes are mainly an opportunity to train the owners, and to give the puppies a chance to socialise.
In the first week we learned how to teach ‘come’ and ‘sit’, and gained some useful information about handling dogs. This week we added ‘down’ to the repertoire.
Deb and I are very pleased with our, and the dogs’, progress. The little guys are pretty good at the commands, provided they aren’t distracted, or haven’t lost focus. Our biggest difficulty is to separate the puppies. I’m not entirely sure each one knows her or his own name… At 15 weeks though, they’re still very young.
Deb’s been doing a lot of reading, especially ‘The Tao of Puppies‘, lent to us by a friend. She’s taken the lead on the puppy training, much to my relief; I just don’t have time to be doing the research she’s done.
The techniques in that book, and that our puppy class provide all make a lot of sense. It seems to be a matter of understanding the dog world and claiming leadership. It’s not about bullying, or achieving dominance by force, but instead ensuring that the puppies’ needs are taken care of and allowing them to be the carefree underlings.
Our efforts seem to be working; Sasha and Oshi are settling in and turning out to be very pleasant and fun companions.