Strong Foundations Program - Training from 13 - 18 Weeks
1. Continue the wait command before eating expecting total eye contact for up to 20 seconds before eating.
2. Continue with good manners already started.
3. Continue with obedience training including adding adding time and distance to sit/stays and down/stays, healing in patterns, and increased time on a place cot.
4. Continue with socialization. Between 13 and 18 weeks is our heavy socialization period when it is critical that puppies are exposed to as much as possible without unneccessarily putting them at risk of disease before they are fully vaccinated. They are taken on excursions once a week away from our property after their 13 week vaccine has taken effect. Every puppy is exposed to kids, dogs, and new and unusual things that puppies need exposing to.
5. Continue with house-training and crate-training.
What can you expect from a puppy that has completed the Strong Foundations Program
Our 18 week old puppies are much more solid in both obedience and house-training than our 13 week old puppies. Most 18-week old puppies are safe in the house for about 2 hours and can hold it in a pen or small enclosed area for about 3 hours during the day. Almost all are sleeping well through the night in crates. There might be a few that can only hold it 6 or 7 hours at night but by far, most are able to hold it for 8 hours. Their manners are much more established than at 13 weeks. Nipping is usually behind them. Manners are becoming habit.
Puppies cannot be totally trained, especially with regard to house-training until they are about 9-12 months of age. Some mature faster than others. Some learn faster than others, but no matter how well you train, 4-month old puppies still have 4-month old bladders that can't always hold it longer than a couple of hours and 4-month old brains that want to play like a puppy. Our training is only a foundation that must be built on, but we build a very good foundation.