The training your puppy receives in its first 8 weeks can last a lifetime. Thus socialization is not taken lightly at Golden Ridge Hi-Breds. Following is a general schedule each litter follows while here:
- 0-3 weeks — The puppies are maternally socialized. This simply means they are cared for and taught by their mother. Human contact is limited to healthcare and frequent but short contacts. Such as getting them used to our scent.
- 3-6 weeks — The puppies are imprinted to human contact (including children!) with petting/holding and light play as well as continued training from their mother.
- 6-9 weeks — The puppies spend time meeting different aged humans and are placed in different environments to accustom them to change. They will also see and hear various other animals.
- 9-12 weeks — The puppies are now ready to go to their new homes and start their skills training.
Socialization never ends. As puppies join their new packs, they will instinctively seek their level in the family hierarchy. Although we love them dearly, they must be trained and taught that they are at the bottom of the family hierarchy. A very big help to learn how to communicate with your puppy is to enroll him or her in a puppy basic obedience course as early as allowed by the instructor. Classes are offered at most pet supply stores and canine schools in your area. This class not only teaches your puppy skills, but continues your puppy’s socialization to you, other people, and other dogs.
The importance of beginning to train your Golden Irish as soon as he comes to your home cannot be over emphasized. Just a few minutes each day spent in fun interaction and training with your puppy will reap life long benefits. By learning how to interact with your puppy, and understanding how a dog’s mind works, potential behavior problems will be avoided. Help your puppy understand what your expectations are through obedience training. A well mannered Golden Irish puppy is one who will be loved by all and welcome everywhere!