July 12, 2010 at 1:59 am #14334ANoel87Participant
I would like all the information and advice possible on starting my dogs training. He’s only 4 weeks old and as I understand him being so young away from his mother can cause some training aggression issues down the road. I’m going to be enrolling him in petsmarts puppy classes and follow up with the subsequent two courses for older dogs. I also want to start him in weight pulling when hes the appropriate age as a sport for exercise for him and something fun to do with my dogs for me. I’m a first time pit owner and want to train Tyson right so that he is a model pit citizen ! Any information, Advice is greatly appreciated.July 12, 2010 at 2:14 am #15545ZrParticipant
There’s really not a whole lot of training to do at that age. I’d advise against taking him anywhere without his shots, which I don’t think he can get until closer to six weeks. Once he has his shots, socialize him very well with people and other dogs. Keep his experiences positive; make sure you know the people and animals he’s meeting.July 12, 2010 at 2:29 am #15546ANoel87Participant
He will most likely end up on the banfield wellness plan as the puppy plan is reasonable and includes his neuter then after the first year switch him to our regular vet. At this time he’s unvaccinated because 6 weeks is the soonest any vet in our area will vaccinate him but stays indoors 95% of the time occasionally we take him in our backyard to get him used to grass and get him used to using potty outside ( We use puppy pads inside.) Is letting them in your bed really so bad ? I let Ozzy sleep with me and Tyson is also sleeping in my bed at night …July 12, 2010 at 2:48 am #15548mattParticipant
Puppies will start responding to operant conditioning almost immediately, but it is probably best to wait until they are at least 8 weeks or more.July 12, 2010 at 3:31 am #15553ZrParticipant
It sounds like you’re doing everything right so far 🙂
I’ve never understood the whole no bed thing, tbh. Dandi sleeps with my mum; the only reason she doesn’t crash on my bed every night is that my room is cat territory and my cat is extremely territorial of the bed. Dandi learned pretty early that going near the bed will get claws in her face. Poor dog.
Though I do think it’s important to get him used to being alone and get him used to a crate. Even if you don’t plan on using a crate in the future, it will be extremely useful if you ever need to board him or if he’s ever at the vet for prolonged time to get him used to the small space.
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