What we do
Offer 20 minute visits to provide your pup with the care and attention it needs
How we do it
We meet firstly to understand you and your pet’s needs
We understand the natural development stage of your pup and tailor our service accordingly
During our visits prior to your pup being able to go out on walks we let them out to do the toilet; feed them; play with them and give them lots of playful friendly contact; we help them develop sit; stay and recall via clicker training
Once ready and after clearance from vets after vaccinations we introduce your pup to some older calm and friendly dogs to help with their socialization.
Once ready to go out in group walks we work together on the best plan based on your dogs needs covering length of time of walk, we are very careful not to walk them for too long when they are at this crucial development stage.
During the visit the pup has been filmed and this is uploaded to Social Media at the end of the working day so you can experience watching how your pup has enjoyed their visit
Why we do it
The brain of a 16-week-old puppy has exactly the same number of brain cells as a newly born puppy – but it is roughly 10 times larger. This extraordinary increase in size has nothing to do with the brain cells themselves but the number of connections established between them. These connections are established as a direct result of all the experiences the puppy has in these first critical four months of life (and often much earlier).
Every single thing a puppy sees, hears, feels, smells and tastes, every meeting he has and every new thing he discovers produces literally trillions of new brain connections in those first 16 weeks, and they will last for life. He is learning what is safe and who is in his social group.
While we can’t hope to introduce every single thing a puppy will have to accept later in life, the more positive experiences he gets in this period, the more accepting he will be of novel things and situations. Not only that, but he will also be developing his learning skills, learning how to problem solve and deal with the inevitable frustrations of life, which will help with his future behaviour.
A puppy who is properly reared in this period, will be far more likely to grow up to be confident, calm, learn new things more easily, be less likely to respond to new things fearfully or aggressively – and in short, is more likely to become a good family dog. In contrast, a dog who has not had this good start in life is more likely to be over-reactive, unable to concentrate, fearful, a slower learner, develop preventable behaviour problems – and in fact have a less well developed brain than his well socialised brother.
At exercise4pets we work with you to provide as many positive experiences for your pup at this crucial stage in their development.