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» The Importance of Puppy Classes!

Shall I take my puppy to puppy parties? What are the benefits? The importance of attending puppy classes is being highlighted in a recent study which was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It discovered that 51% of owners did not attend puppy classes which impacts on owner training methods and behaviour.

Apparently according to a study by the University of Guelph a third of pet owners fail to expose their puppies to a sufficient amount of social stimuli. Scientists monitored 300 pet owners from getting their puppy to when the puppy was 20 weeks old. The results were very interesting, with a large number of people not providing very much socialisation at all.

The researchers found that those puppies who failed to attend puppy classes were more likely to be fearful of noises like the hoover and thunder. They were also more likely to not respond well to being crated. Furthermore there appeared to be a link between owners not going to classes and using punishment based discipline. Owners that went to the classes were found to redirect negative behaviour or ignore it and reward the positive behaviour.

So it is rather concerning that many owners are missing the window for optimum socialisation between 2-14 weeks of age!

Did you know that properly socialised puppies are less likely to be fearful, show unwanted chewing behaviour or be hyperactive? Many of these problems if left to manifest themselves in the puppy can lead to them being re-homed.

In the nearly 15 years I’ve been at St. Anne’s I have seen a great deal of dogs come into our practice with great excitement, they still remember coming to us for their puppy pre-school and having a great time! Meeting dogs of a similar age and size, having basic training and having some play time too. It really is a great time to bond the dog to the practice and pick the brains of our Veterinary Nurses and visiting behaviourist. In the evening so easier to attend after work, we do a 3 week course at 8pm on the first 3 Thursdays of each month for only £30, this is £10 a session!

Help your puppy be as well rounded as possible and book your place today.


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