Puppy development & behaviour

The first months of a puppy’s life are an incredible time for learning about new things. Like human babies, puppies are born immature – this means that the nerves in their brain, and the connections between nerve cells, are still developing rapidly in the first months of life. What's more, nerve pathways that develop during this period are only retained if they are actively used. Amazing though it may seem, this means that the range of different situations that your puppy comes across actually influences the nerve pathways in his brain! So making sure he has lots to see and do gives him the best chance of being a well-adjusted adult dog.

At Dogs Trust Dog School, we teach owners to make sure that their puppy has a range of experiences to encourage behavioural flexibility later in life. We also ensure that puppies have a positive early experience of some of the specific situations or events that commonly cause problems for dogs such as handling, grooming, hearing loud noises and being left alone.

House-training your dog

Dogs Trust Dog School’s how-to guide and top tips for house training your puppy!

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Teaching your dog it's OK to be alone

Dogs Trust Dog School’s how-to guide and top tips to make sure your puppy is happy when left alone.

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Chew-barker? Understanding your puppy's desire to chew

Many pups explore their environment using their mouth and teeth, but they need our help to learn what's appropriate (and inappropriate!) to chew...

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How to Stop A Puppy Jumping Up

Puppies jump up because they are so excited to see you, they can hardly contain themselves! Read on if you’d like to manage your dog’s jumping habit!

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Ouch! Helping your puppy play nicely

Just as we use our hands to explore and interact, puppies use their mouths. Read on to pick up tips for showing your puppy that there are better ways of playing with you!

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Coming soon! Grrrr….uarding! Making sure your puppy isn’t worried around food or toys

Coming soon! Does your puppy growl at you while they’re eating their dinner? Read on to find out about how to deal with this, and other situations.

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Preventing Bad Behaviour from the Beginning

Giving our dogs clear, consistent messages as to how we expect them to behave, and rewarding them for doing so, means we can help prevent bad behaviour from the beginning.

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