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Yup it all depends on what your plans are for this puppy. Our attitude towards training is pretty much along the same lines as Chris Wild.

Before our puppies go to their new home at ten weeks we try to teach them very basic obedience. Sit, stay, drop, come etc. It’s all done in a fun way with toys, food and verbal/tactile rewards. That basic imprinting routine is followed (after their initial vaccinations) by exposure to big people and kids, different places, sounds, car rides, vacuum cleaner – you get the drill. Our goal is to start the puppies off as family members. Beyond that, as I said, it depends on what your plans are.

We suggest, to the new owners, that formal training with their new puppy start at three months with enrollment into a beginning obedience class followed by intermediate and then advanced. By that time your puppy will be around 10 or 11 months old and should qualify for it’s AKC Canine Good Citizenship certificate. I think this is a good stepping stone to what ever else you have in mind.

 
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