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yes schools will vary on this 20 weeks or 18 weeks, the idea is that puppies entering adolescence are not as easy to train along side puppies 8 to 18 weeks. Ian spent 10 years researching this so these are guidelines only. Here is a leter from him ...
Puppy behavior changes so dramatically at 18 weeks and they abruptly change from puppies to adolescents. 12-18 weeks pups may be allowed to play of leash without risk of injury, (at least, we have never had a single puppy injury in 35 years of off-leash puppy play), and so we can safely work and quickly resolve incipient temperament problems,especially including fearfulness, bully and OTT play styles as well as practice off-leash manners. However, having a five-month-old puppy in that setting could be decidedly dangerous. And so sadly, most adolescent/adult classes are taught on leash — pretty boring and restrictive in terms of what can be taught.
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild
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