Training a young puppy Questions

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  1. Margo8478

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    Training a young puppy

    hello! So Max is now 7 weeks and he is super smart! In just one week he learned his name, to come when called ( mostly), sit, down, up, shake, and when he comes up to me he knows to sit.

    I’ve been putting him in a harness everyday with a leash and practice walking to the front door, sitting and then going out after me. Since he is so young we just practice walking on my front lawn or my driveway, and he is doing really well. I’m surprised how well considering his age.

    I really want to socialize him with other people and dogs but he is so young and not fully vaccinated so I was going to have some friends come over with their dogs who I know are healthy and vaccinated. I’m looking for any other ideas to socialize him with strangers that are safe. I took him with me to Starbucks (carried him). Looking for other ideas.

    Also I’m going to train him this week to stay, drop it, and leave it. Well hopefully but that’s this weeks goal. Any other suggestions on things I should be training
    Him?
    I know he is so young but I wanna get as much training in that I can while he is not vaccinated and prettty much has to stay home.
    Oh also we do car rides! Lol

    Just looking for any tips, thanks!

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  3. CaroleC

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    He sounds as if he is doing really well. Just carry on as you are doing.
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    I think the conception that puppies have to meet and greet strangers/dogs is overrated.
    Afraid I don't agree with Ian Dunbar's "meeting 100 new people" before 12 weeks”.
    Depending on the pup it could do more harm than good.

    Just exposing and making the pup comfortable in various situations will do.

    Rethinking "popular" early socialization.
    https://www.collared-scholar.com/more-harm-than-good-3-reasons-why-i-never-socialize-my-puppies/

    Although the title mentions IPO puppies, it really is good sound advice for any dogs! http://www.myschutzhundlife.com/single-post/2018/06/21/Socializing-the-Schutzhund-Puppy
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    @GsdSlave, You seem to have a link for just about everything dog related. Do you have a file on your computer with them all collected so that it’s easy to reference and share them? You always put up good reads!! Perhaps they couid be organized and put somewhere on breedia for people to easily access (with a big credit to you for providing the links)?
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    LOL Marc, yes I do have them saved on my computer, I have a habit of saving articles I am interested in, not just about dogs but my other hobbies to.

    In the days before the computer I had loads of paper cuttings from old dog mags ect:
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    I still save cuttings. I have no filing system though, so there's little chance of being able to find them at the right time!

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