Re: 10 week puppy
I agree. Start working on getting your pup exposed to as many new experiences as possible. I took mine to the park, played in the sand, climbed on rocks, placed her up on park benches, took her to Petsmart and Petco as often as possible... Socialization and new experiences are really key to a stable dog later in life (all other things being equal of course... breeding, temperment, etc)
As far as getting ready for SchH... Like the previous poster mentioned, work on building focus, do some puppy "scent boxes" out in the yard to develop the tracking instincts, play lots of tug (remember that pup doesn't win without a full grip... help him get a full grip if needed... but let him win a lot). You can work on imprinting the foose with a hot dog having pup walk alongside you and sliding the hot dog out of your curled hand like a push-up or lipstick...
I think the best thing is to find a good SchH club so that they can show you what all this stuff means. They can also judge pup's personality and help you tailor these things to your pup.
Most important of all is to make things fun... fun... FUN!!!! Don't make a big deal out of negative experiences, just move on... act like a bloomin' idiot when pup does something right or has a positive experience. Keep it fun!
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