Ok, well after training, everyone had to write a report on there breed of dog (at home). It was time to share them, so we did. I felt sort of weird in an all adult class, but Shadow backed me up. We sat in a circle with the dogs, and they were all good at first. But we took awhile. I had already shared mine, and then a extremely cute Siberian Husky puppy next to us (black and white) started to roll around, and nip, and paw at Shadow. The two started playing. Some of the smaller dogs starting running and pacing, and two of the larger dogs barked. Before we knew it Shadow and her new friend were goofing off, some dogs were barking, and others were pacing, and running. It was just like little kids at preschool! The frist time we brought Shadow, all the dogs were crying, jsut like preschool too! And after school, Shadow Is EXGUASTED! Lol, t was the cutest thing! Even the trainer laughed.
You Shadow that is exactly the way it is at school. Not only preschool but apparently in the grade 2 class my son is in. He is starting to be the class clown and i too laugh (a little) (really a little) but boys will be boys. Sounds like you are doing a great job with him. Keep it up!
I hate to pee on anyone's parade, but... Merico, no reputable trainer should take a pup as young as yours in classes. They are too vulnerable to Parvo/ Corona and kennel cough. 6 mos. is the standard time to start public training. The pup should stay on your property, w/o contact to stranger dogs, or places where they have been such as sidewalks, parks etc... Parvo will get your dog a week in the hospital, vet bill ranging up to $1000. and survival is no guarantee. You pay the vet, even if the dog dies. They can get Parvo just by contact with a surface where the virus is, it stays in the soil for years. Other problem, kennel cough. This has several causative agents...it lodges in the nasel mucosa of dogs that had it and it is believed to exist in a carrier state for mos./perhaps years. So what can happen to your dog by just touching noses w/ another dog? Shadow, you had it right about kids in kindergarden...and where do kids get cold virus? School, and their friends. With dogs the cough is fatal, or at least expensive. Be careful ladies. Guard your pups till they get older. Adult dogs areless likely to die from these EASY to catch diseases. There, you just got the lecture I give every puppy buyer. A pity whoever gave you your pups didn't care, or didn't know to tell you. I care about you. I want to hear happy, funny stories...w/ no sad endings Love, Kitty's mom (Kitty is 7 mos. old)
3month is not too young to take a puppy to class. Why would they make specific age group for 8 wks to 4 months (at least here) if it was harmful for your puppy? Why would my vet okay it if it meant getting parvo? Everyone in class has to have all their shots for parvo, kennel cough, etc. If people waited until their pup was 6 months old to start training, there'd be a little more uncontrolable dogs and more in the shelters. I'm not sure where you got your information, but I think you should verify it with your vet.
How funny, Shadow! The humans reading stories just wasn't working with puppy attention spans LOL! The puppy kindergarten Missy went to started at 3 months (12 weeks). They required proof of vaccinations before allowing a pup in the class, though. I wouldn't have wanted to wait much longer to start socializing her.