Are Shots and Vaccinations Required Before a Puppy Can Start Training?
Clients often ask us which shots are required before dog training can begin. While staying up to date with shots and vaccinations is important for your puppy, they do not have a bearing on when we can begin in home training. Here is some helpful information on puppy vaccinations. Remember that all shots and vaccinations for your puppy should be at your vets recommendation and timeline.
Some Important Vaccines For Your Puppy Include:
- DHLPP (Mixture of Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
- First booster generally given around 6 weeks when puppy is with breeder
- Consecutive boosters approximately every 3 to 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age
- Approximately 12 weeks – 16 weeks of age
- Bordetella (The primary cause of kennel cough)
How Much Do Puppy Vaccinations Cost?
The cost for vaccinations for your puppy will vary depending on a number of factors, including where you live. The average cost can be around $75 – $100, but some shelters charge less or even provide shots for free. Do some research on vets and shelters in your area to find out the best option for your pet.
When Should You Start Dog Training?
If you’re wondering when the best time to start training your dog is, the American Kennel Club says that puppies can begin socialization and learning basic commands as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Socializing early can help to avoid behavioral issues from developing (fears, anxiety, aggression). Training your dog is not a process that will be perfected overnight, so the sooner you start, the better the results will be. In many cases it is also easier to train new puppies than it is to train older dogs who may have gotten into habits that need to be unlearned in order to learn the proper behavior.
Puppies begin learning behaviors very early on so even by waiting 6 months (as has been traditionally recommended in the past) you run the risk of the puppy solidifying behavioral problems that will need to be undone and re-taught in the correct manner.
Talk to Your Veterinarian
Although the team at Michael’s Pack has years of experience working with dogs in class settings and private sessions, it is important to speak to a qualified veterinarian when dealing with vaccines and their timelines. An experienced vet will be able to tell you exactly the best course of action to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Contact Us About Dog Training in NJ and NY
The sooner you begin dog training, the better the results of the training will be. Don’t wait any longer! Contact Michael’s Pack today to schedule a trainer to come to your home in New Jersey or New York, or come to our facility in Mineola, Long Island where group classes are also offered. We also offer online dog training for your convenience.