In Puppies First 94 Days, we offer insight into our training program for puppies. We offer a program that takes into account the critical periods of development. Our headstart program is here to get our puppies ready for a life of hunting and the home.
During their early development, puppies are most inclined to learn new things. Hence, it is essential to train them as soon as possible so that their future behavior is not impacted. Puppies tend to go through essential periods— the awareness period, the human socialization period, the fear impact period, etc. Training them properly in these periods is critical in raising confident, smart, loyal, happy, friendly and well-behaved dogs.
We use the famous method of association to teach the puppies how to walk, sit, fetch, and kennel up. This method is called clicker training—a system of positive reinforcement that is scientifically proven to teach behavior to animals and even humans, who then remember the behavior taught years later. Puppies’ behavior is reinforced. They are rewarded for carrying out positive behaviors, and as they grow older and become more aware, they feel more in control of their actions. Because they know a pleasurable outcome will follow a desirable behavior, they become enthusiastic about engaging in positive behavior.
Our Headstart program includes;
- Clicker training
- Fetch – starts with a ball, progresses to bumpers and then frozen bird to introduce the puppies to birds early
- Puppy walks, walks out in fields and terrain that is found during hunting
- Introduction to gunfire, later in training food is added after to reinforce that gunfire means food/praise
- Introduction to dog-safe water sources later in the headstart training if available
For you, this is a vital beginning that allows you to get a good start on a well-trained hunting dog and pet. Having this start can make the transition to a new home less stressful with tools you can carry into your home.