Congratulations on getting a new puppy!
There are many time sensitive topics to cover in raising a puppy. We are providing resources, below, to get you started. We want you to get a jump start to helping your puppy learn the world is a safe place and how they are expected to behave. Unfortunately, it is easy to find a lot of outdated information out there, so proceed with caution when doing your research and getting advice. Positive early experiences and appropriate challenges are key to building resilient and optimistic puppies.
Puppies are most open to new experiences until 12 to 14 weeks. They are learning about bite pressure and how to inhibit their bite by 20 weeks. They need to learn to self soothe when alone and confined. These topics should be your first stop. From there, you will find a variety of topics to help your puppy thrive and be a great addition to your family and community.
Each puppy will be different, always adjust your plans based on your puppy’s comfort and ability. If your puppy is displaying fearful or aggressive behaviors, please let your behavior professional and vet know as soon as possible so the behavior can be quickly addressed.
During COVID, we suggest a virtual learning. Gigi’s Behavior Services offers a Remote Puppy Support Group (for puppies up to 6 months). A live group class is offered through the OSU Behavior Department. If your puppy is over 14 weeks, you can start also start with Skills and Manners.