Unit # 1
Understanding puppy development
The first unit studies the stages of puppy development including: genetics, combination of alleles, gene expression and maternal imprinting. In addition, this unit explores age appropriate enrichment and training and the process of preparing for the transition to a new home.
Unit # 2
Understanding how to care for and train puppies
This unit studies the life skills that puppies need to learn in order to prevent future unwanted behaviour and includes information about how to prepare puppies for experiences such as visits to the vet and dog groomer. The unit also includes information about how to prevent and solve unwanted behaviour and how to habituate and socialise puppies. The concepts of puppy parties and puppy socialisation classes is also explored in this unit.
Puppy Training Studies
As with all of our courses, we only promote fear free techniques.
This 2 unit course is relevant for anyone considering adopting or purchasing a puppy and for those working or volunteering in with dogs in the veterinary care sector including animal charities.
Learn about the stages of puppy development and socialisation. The course also explores how to prepare puppies in a positive way for life experiences so that unwanted behaviours can be avoided.
Development of Puppies and Genetics
It is possible that two puppies from the same litter with the same genotype can sometimes have different phenotypes because they were exposed to different experiences after birth and were subsequently raised in different environments.
The traditional development stages of puppies overlap. They are not black and white and there will be variety in each individual dog.
It is essential to see the puppy in front of you and use the development stages as a guide, rather than expecting every puppy to conform to the stages.
The effect of early socialisation on the later behaviour of a dog is very relevant to canine behaviour problems. It has been demonstrated that if a dog is isolated from 3 days of age to 20 weeks of age he will most likely be disturbed (Agrawal et al 1967).