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Puppy Classes

I like to post this every so often, especially in the spring when a lot of new puppies come on board.

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Both really good links Dave. I feel like it would be really hard to find a puppy class that allows pups only up to 18 weeks old and that does all off leash training. I was just looking at available classes in my area and most of the puppy classes are for pups up to 6 months old or even a year. I don't have my puppy yet but when I do I will look hard for an appropriate class. Thanks for the links.
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The puppy classes at our training center are MOSTLY off leash. There is probably 15 minutes, where the puppies are on leash, and the trainer works with people to teach the owners how to get their atention and use a clicker. They get caught up again in the middle for a 3 minute water/potty break, then it's back to play again. The age limit for the class is 5 months, so SLIGHTLY older than Dunbar suggests, but I've also seen enough of the classes to know that it is very well-managed and everybody learns and has fun.

They have week-day, structured puppy classes that have more "training curriculum", and then on Sat., there is a drop-in class that is the more play one. I really like the Sat. drop-in, because it's not always the same group of puppies. So the puppies get to experience a range of different dogs... Not just the same group several weeks in a row. Panda has been going to this Sat. class since I got her, and she loves it. She plays with little dogs (including two of her littermates!) and LOVES playing with a Rottie puppy. The first week, she started out a little shy and worried about the bigger puppies. Now she runs the place. The pay-off showed this afternoon when we went to visit a friend who has both Havanese and Beardies. It took her about 10 minutes to decide that the Beardies were just "big Havies"!


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the reason for this timeframe for puppy classes is that it covers the critical learning and socialization period. "Bite inhibition must be established in puppyhood, before eighteen weeks of age, since it is difficult to instill bite inhibition in an adolescent or adult dog. Learning the skills and techniques to ensure your puppy develops a reliable bite inhibition and an ultra-soft mouth is the primary reason for you to attend off-leash puppy classes. Your puppy needs to play with other puppies. Playing with adult dogs at home or in the park is simply not sufficient." Once you get beyond 18 weeks pups are more susceptible to aggression issues and if they have not learned bite inhibition problems are more serious.

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Yes, I understand that. But we also know that time lines like that aren't set in stone. Every animla develops a bit differently. So some will enter adolescence earlier, some later. I think the reason they place I go has the 5 month limit is that most of the dogs have started in the group much younger. So they all have experience with each other by the time they reach the upper end. ...And if a dog is getting too big and rambunctious, they are asked to move into the "continuing education" class, which is on leash. It's a common sense approach to the same basic ideal.


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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 ...

Hi Dave
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.
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