Becoming a new puppy parent is an exciting and special time, as you bond with new your companion and begin to form life-long friendships. You will be aware of the responsibilities that come with dog ownership, and, with the correct training and care, your puppy will be able to grow into a curious and well-behaved member of dog society.
There are many important steps to take when training your puppy, which include socialising and teaching basic commands. Many of our practices host Medivet Puppy Parties, which provide fantastic opportunities to socialise your puppies and help them become happy and confident adult dogs. They also provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions or get advice on any aspects of having a puppy that you are unsure about. There is no one more qualified to answer your queries than the trained professionals who run our Medivet Puppy Parties.
Like human children, puppies are not born with the social skills that they require to live with their family, so Medivet Puppy Parties provide the perfect learning atmosphere. Puppies usually go to their new owners around 8 weeks, so it is important to begin socialising them as early as possible. Socialising your puppy in its first year will develop their character and temperament, and will result in your dog becoming one that is happy around different people and different dog breeds.
The Medivet Puppy Parties also focus on getting your puppy used to different events, environments and situations. Your puppy will socialise with a variety of dog breeds, with each breed being able to learn how others behave and react to certain interactions. Your puppies will also learn how to share their toys and your affection, which will ensure they become friendly and outgoing dogs.
Your puppy will need to have basic training in order to ensure it grows into an obedient and responsive adult dog. At our puppy parties, various training topics will be covered, such as: ‘collar and lead training’, ‘sit and down’ and ‘bed or basket training’. Your puppy will be most receptive to learning basic commands at our puppy parties around 8-16 weeks, and the training tips we provide will be tailored to your puppy’s specific needs and requirements.
Thanks to your generous donations for the puppy parties, we are currently funding a cold scent rhino tracker dog, Ella, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Ella was specifically selected from Sardinia Bay Canine Academy, and being part bloodhound, she showed a natural talent for finding and following scents.
Before joining the anti-poaching team, she underwent further extensive training and was paired with her handler, Eric. Ella frequently encounters a variety of wild animals, not only rhinos, and often looks to Eric for reassurance and guidance – just as your puppies will when socialising for the first time.
Ella is always experiencing new situations, whether they are emergencies or training procedures, and has recently begun flying in helicopters to reach the scene of a poaching as quickly as possible. Again, this has only been made possible by Eric’s encouragement and has ensured that it can be used as a key mode of transport for Ella. Your puppies will also need your reassurance when experiencing things for the first time, and our puppy parties will provide you with the best methods for doing so.
The easiest way to book is to contact your local Medivet practice or use our practice finder to locate the closest practice to you that hosts Medivet Puppy Parties. Don’t hesitate to contact your nearest practice if you have any further questions, or want to find out more about our fantastic puppy parties!