This is the final opportunity to set your puppy on a path that will not require back-tracking and extra work to change Puppy’s world view.

For a puppy who has had a smooth start

  • Continue to introduce puppy to a wide variety of sights, sounds, smells, objects, surfaces, people, dogs, other animals, experiences, situations using positive association
  • Continue with puppy kindergarten class or a similar process of careful exposures
  • Continue to help puppy learn to expect the unexpected
  • Continue training important behaviors for your situation
  • Continue teaching fun tricks to keep skills sharp and interest high

For a puppy who has had a rough start

  • Introduce puppy to a wide variety of sights, sounds, smells, objects, surfaces, people, dogs, other animals, experiences, situations using positive association
  • Begin a puppy kindergarten class or a similar process of careful exposures
  • Help puppy learn to expect the unexpected
  • Wait for the dog to sit (or any behavior of your choice) before giving attention
  • Introduce practical handling experiences: ears, feet, gentle restraint
  • Limit the dog’s options by using a crate or pen or tether when not actively training
  • Teach the dog to love its crate or pen and dash inside when cued
  • Teach the dog anticipatory cues that mean they are about to be picked up or have the leash put on
  • Begin clicker training
  • List important behaviors for your situation and start them first