Time to test your knowledge with Puppy  Quiz 1!

Question 1.

What's the most important aspect of training and helping puppies develop when they are very young? Choose an option and click on Submit when you're ready!

Positive socialisation experiences especially with other dogs, people and new places
Teaching them to sit
Feeding them chicken

Question 2.

Lots of people understand that they should take their puppy lots of different places for socialisation. The critically important part of this is to:

Expose your puppy to crowded places
Take your puppy shopping with you
Make sure the puppy has a good time

Question 3.

So...you are out and about and you encounter something that your puppy seems fearful of. What should you do?

Hold your ground, the puppy will probably get used to it in a few minutes
Encourage your puppy to move closer
Move your puppy gently away from the fear-causing stimulus. Let him/her observe from a safe distance and feed some high-value treats to help him/her have a good association with the thing, whatever it is.

Question 4.

Which of the following would be good places to take a young pup for socialisation?

Small social gatherings and controlled groups of children
Businesses and cafes that are pet friendly
Well run force-free puppy classes
All of the above

Question 5.

As their name suggests puppy classes are full of puppies the same age as your dog which is fab but should you let you puppy play with adult dogs too?

No, older dogs may play too roughly or chase a puppy frightening them.
Yes, it’s important that as well as playing with their peers, youngsters need positive interactions with older dogs who will help them understand how to play appropriately and respect boundaries.

Question 6.

After socialisation, what’s the next most important thing you need to teach your puppy?

How to walk nicely on a lead
That they can trust you and look to you for guidance
To come back to you when called (recall)

Question 7.

What’s the one simple training exercise that will help your dog learn everything else you want to teach and that encourages your puppy to be calm, attentive and that they can look to you for guidance?

Play hide ‘n’ seek indoors from day one
Leave your puppy alone for short periods from day one
Teach your puppy to sit calmly and look at you whenever anything is desired or needed

Question 8.

Your puppy bites hard when he/she gets excited? Do you need to do any training in this regard?

No, all puppies have sharp teeth and bite things – it’s normal behaviour
Maybe but there’s no urgency, it’s something you can monitor and see how it goes
Yes, and it needs to be a priority

Question 9.

Exercise is not just essential to your pups mental and physical well being, it also helps you form a strong bond that continues throughout life. Just as regular exercise is important for your health and happiness, the same is true for your puppy. How much exercise does a 4 month old puppy need per day?

Up to 15 minutes, twice a day
Up to 20 minutes, twice a day
Up to 30 minutes, twice a day

Question 10.

What’s your pup’s favourite time of the day? For my dogs, it’s mealtime! Feeding from a bowl is convenient but is this really a good idea? Not really, it’s not good for pups to gulp down all their meal in less than a minute and you’re also wasting a fantastic opportunity to enrich your pups life. What’s the best way to make the most of feeding time?

Get them to hunt for it
Get them to play for it
Use it for training and reward with it