Read about 11 common puppy training myths and how to raise your puppy right. The dog behavior experts at Canis Major Training in Denver break down the misconceptions of puppyhood to help you raise your puppy!
As trainers and behavior consultants, we are often asked "at what age can you begin training a dog?" We love it most when we are asked by prospective puppy owners, because the answer is: as soon as you bring them home!
Puppies begin learning before their eyes and ears are open. Smells and sensations provide important information about the world, and begin to shape behavior: moving towards warmth is rewarded with comfort. Moving towards the smell of "mom" results in feeling safe. From that point forward, puppies are never not learning about the world.
This means that dogs are learning every waking moment from birth, whether we are teaching them or not. So, what do we want them to learn?