Puppies First 12's

Start introducing puppy to 12 different things before 12 weeks of age.


Start with surfaces, objects and location.

 

Step 1: Help your puppy experience 12 different surfaces: wood, woodchips, carpet, tile, cement, lino, grass, wet grass, dirt, mud, puddles, deep pea gravel, grates, uneven surfaces, on a table, on a chair, etc......

Have your puppy play with 12 different objects: fuzzy toys, big & small balls, hard toys, funny sounding toys, wooden items, paper or cardboard items, milk jugs, metal items, car keys, etc.......

Let your puppy experience 12 different locations: front garden (daily), other people's homes, school, lake, pond, river, boat, basement, elevator, car, moving car, garage, laundry room, kennel, vet hospital (just to say hi & visit, lots of cookies, no vaccinations), grooming salon (just to say hi), etc....

 

Step 2: Next let your puppy meet people, objects and have some climbing challenges.

Let your puppy meet and play with 12 new people (outside of family): include children, adults (mostly men), elderly adults, people in wheelchairs, walkers, people with canes, crutches, hats, sunglasses, etc....

Expose your puppy to 12 fast moving objects (don't allow to chase): skateboards, roller-skates, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, people running, cats running, scooters, vacuums, children running, children playing soccer, squirrels, cats, horses running, cows running, etc...

Allow your puppy to safely experience 12 different challenges: climb on, in, off and around a box, go through a cardboard tunnel, climb up and down steps, climb over obstacles, play hide & seek, go in and out a doorway with a step up or down, exposed to an electric sliding door, umbrella, balloons, walk on a wobbly table (plank of wood with a small rock underneath), jump over a broom, climb over a log, bathtub (and bath) etc....

 

Step 3: When your puppy is doing well, exposed him to 12 different noises (ALWAYS keep positive and watch puppy's comfort level - we don't want the puppy scared): garage door opening, doorbell, children playing, babies screaming, big trucks, Harley motorcycles, skateboards, washing machine, shopping trolleys rolling, power boat, clapping, loud singing, pan dropping, horses neighing, vacuums, lawnmowers, birthday party, etc...

 

Step 4: Along with all the above, you puppy should also be handled by his owner as much as possible in a variety of ways and experienced lots of different ways to eat.

Handled by owner (& family) 12 times a week: hold under arm (like a football), hold to chest, hold on floor near owner, hold in-between owner's legs, hold head, look in ears, mouth, in-between toes, hold and take temperature (ask veterinarian), hold like a baby, trim toe nails, hold in lap, etc...

Eaten from 12 different shaped containers: wobbly bowl, metal, cardboard box, paper, coffee cup, china, pie plate, plastic, frying pan, Kong dog toy, Treatball food dispenser, Bustercube food dispenser, spoon fed, paper bag, etc......

 

Step 5: Lastly, but certainly not least, your puppy should meet other safe dogs, spend time alone and experience a lead and collar.

Play with 12 different puppies (or safe adult dogs) as much as possible.

Left alone safely, away from family & other animals (5-45 minutes) 12 times a week. Use crate or exercise pen if puppy is destructive or still house training.


Experienced a lead and collar 12 different times in 12 different locations.

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