New puppy guardians have a big question: “when is the right time to start training?” The answer to that is… right away! Everything is new to your puppy, and their brain is growing and developing. Now is the time to help teach them! Of course, a dog is never too old to train, but these early days are the best for establishing clear communication.
Long Beach is one of the most dog-friendly cities and is home to over 100,000 dogs! There are all kinds of meet-ups and dog-friendly events that you can enjoy with your puppy. And speaking from experience, these things are 100% more enjoyable when you have a solid relationship with your dog!
We have some tips as you start puppy training, plus recommendations for parks and trails in Long Beach that are great for leash training and getting acquainted with the outside world. Let’s get started!
Training teaches boundaries that help your puppy navigate the human world. If this is your first experience with a puppy or any dog, you may not be sure how to get started, what a training session should look like, or even what you should focus on first. Here are some tips for reasonable expectations and setting your puppy up for successful training.
Until your puppy is fully vaccinated, you must be careful with outings. But this doesn’t mean you should keep them at home. Socialization is incredibly important at an early age. So, to take them out and about, consider getting creative by carrying your puppy, using a carrier, joining a Puppy Kindergarten class, or wheeling a wagon around the neighborhood. While you do this, be sure to keep them away from any unknown or unvaccinated dogs.
Ready for a pro tip? Resist the urge to take your pup to crowded dog parks during these early days. Instead, take it slow, and work with your puppy on leash training in the home, so they can learn without distractions or pulling your arm off.
A quiet park or trail helps your puppy learn what to do when meeting other dogs and people out and about without overwhelming them. They’re also great for sniff walks, which help your puppy get used to smells and provide mental enrichment. If you’re new to Long Beach or just unfamiliar with the city’s park and trail system, we’ve recommended three dog-friendly trails where you can walk your puppy.
You’ll also want to check out Puppy Kindergarten right here in Long Beach. Classes take place every Saturday and are a wonderful and positive way to socialize your pup without overstimulating them!
The most important thing to remember is… you don’t need to muddle through the training process on your own. Work with a trainer who has experience in positive reinforcement training and can help set you and your puppy up for success. In addition to Puppy Kindergarten, Underdogs Long Beach offers private in-person classes and virtual sessions. Check out all services here to find the right fit for you.
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