Dundee went on his first official PAD puppy training event today, and boy did he show off his skills.¬† Dundee did fabulous while we waiting for the other teams to arrive (about 15 minutes) even while crowds started forming lines around him, and speakers began blasting Christmas music (uncomfortably loud)!¬† Soon thereafter, Dundee had his first experience of meeting another dog in public on leash.¬† PAD Sanuk is much older (6 months) and was very excited to have another dog with him at class.¬† While Sanuk‚Äôs handlers worked with him to get him to calmly join the class, Dundee sat and waited calmly.¬† Throughout the two hour visit he never got distracted by, or tried to play with Sanuk!¬† Way to go Dundee!¬† The majority of the event included meeting
As we‚Äôve mentioned before, it is crucial for Dundee and all working dogs to be extremely well socialized. Puppies brains‚Äô by age 4 months of age, are 80% developed! That means everything that he learns after that ismuch harder to teach it, and theoretically takes longer because you are some what¬†changing the ‚Äúwiring‚Äù of the dogs brain. While Dundee is learning a lot by experiencing life (sights, sounds, smells, etc) we balance this out so that we do not over whelm him, and stress him out.