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Puppy Advice: Children

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Bringing your new puppy home is an exciting time for all involved. The first few months of life for a puppy are key to shaping their brain and future. This vital window begins to close at 16 weeks old, so it is essential we start teaching them from the very beginning.

We recommend reward-based training as puppies respond well to this method and avoids using harsh techniques.

It is incredibly rewarding training your puppy, but it can quickly become overwhelming especially when searching for advice, it can often lead to being incorrectly informed.

Here are some simple tips and advice we believe will help your puppy succeed in the big, wide world!

Blythman and Partners recommend every puppy enrols onto a training course provided by a recognised dog trainer/ behaviourist.

Please ask for more information.


Ground rules must be in place when young children are involved. Supervision of young children with puppies is crucial as both may show inappropriate behaviour. They can often be very unpredictable and scare your puppy.

Establish basic rules:

  • Supervision when holding the puppy
  • Affection should not be forced (Puppies rarely enjoy being hugged/kissed and instead feel intimidated)
  • No hyper activities when the puppy is around. (This can cause over arousal and lead to nipping/ mouthing)
  • Never disturb a sleeping puppy
  • No sudden movements or loud noises
  • No sharing food


  • Hide and seek games (Bond building)
  • Basic training (Sit and stay)
  • Scatter feeding (Encourages calmness)

It is important to note that puppies not only need physical exercise but also mental enrichment. Mental enrichment is just as important in tiring your puppy.

Please note there are many ways to train your puppy. If you are ever in doubt or have specific issues, please seek professional advice.

Useful links:

Finding a certified clinical animal behaviourist:

Dog training classes near you:

Training advice useful videos:

Analysing dog food:

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