Most people don’t realize this, but little puppies can learn tricks faster and with more panache than adult dogs can. There’s an early learning window lasting until a dog is about 5 months old, making their brains like little sponges. They process all kinds of information during this time, and it’s stuff that stays with them forever. That’s why it’s important to socialize them during these months. House training can be slow due only to their physical (read: bladder) limitations. But the mind of a puppy is a thing of beauty.
Here’s a video of Til showing off, at nine weeks, some of the behaviors I am teaching in my trick training workshops. The last one was a big success. Our next one is scheduled on March 14 at BorderHauss kennels in Howell Michigan.
Meanwhile you can get a few trick training tips for puppies in my handy booklet, “25 Ways to Raise a Great Puppy.”