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Now for the science bit.
It’s only natural when we bring our new puppy home for our maternal/paternal instincts to kick in and to shield our new addition from any fright or challenge that might stress them. However we are not doing the puppy any favours by wrapping them in cottonwool. Obviously you wouldn't allow your puppy to be frightened or put in a position where it could injure itself but in order for the puppy to gain self confidence, we have to give them things to do that are hard for them and which take them outside their comfort zone. .
By the time your puppy is six weeks old, he/she will need situations which are both physically and mentally difficult and a little bit stressful. Puppies need to struggle a little in order to gain self confidence whether that be climbing onto a platform, walking up a ramp or running through a tunnel. For instance, a puppy may have to try time after time after time to climb up onto a platform. He/she may whine, cry or even howl and become a little stressed BUT, if we allow the puppy to solve the problem himself whilst giving loads of encouragement, he will become more co-ordinated and confident as well as strengthening the bond between you and your puppy. If however we make it too easy or constantly rescue him, then we don’t allow the puppy to build it’s own self confidence through independent success and achievement.
So why not give your puppy the start in life which he/she needs and give us a call. Through providing this type of training, you not only increase your puppy’s self confidence but you also build the trust between you and your puppy. After all, the stronger the bond, the easier it is to train. The easier it is to train the more you will do it and the happier you and your dog will be.
Besides, it’s more fun than being stuck in a dusty village hall somewhere walking in circles.