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The transition phase: from puppies to young dogs

The transition from puppies to young dogs is a time of significant change. In the first weeks and months after adoption or purchase from the breeder, owners will spend much time and energy teaching their puppy about home and living together. The dog’s needs and behavior change as he gets older. He becomes more prominent, more robust, and more independent. He explores his surroundings more intensely and can sometimes get into trouble. It is vital to remain patient and consistent and provide the proper support.

Training and socialization

The essential thing in the young dog months is to continue training and socialization. At this stage of development, dogs are very capable of learning, so it’s an excellent time to teach them new commands and behaviors. A dog school can be a great help in this process. Here, dogs can interact with other dogs and people and expand their social skills. Not only at dog school but also in everyday life, young dogs should have many different experiences. Social contact and exploring new environments and situations will help the young dog become confident and balanced.

Questions about young dogs

Puppies are usually under six months old and very dependent on their owners, and they need a lot of care and attention. Young dogs, on the other hand, are older and beginning to discover their independence. They are very active, curious, and can be a bit stubborn at times.

During the young dog months, dogs are especially capable of learning. Therefore, teaching them new commands and behaviors is a great opportunity. Socialization is crucial to the dog’s training; he learns how to behave in different situations and interact with other dogs and people.

Young dogs overgrow and need a balanced diet with nutrients. For a healthy life, she must eat enough proteins, vitamins, minerals, and calories.

Young dogs from shelters or foster homes often need more time and patience to gain confidence and a loving and supportive environment to get used to their new home.

Giving the dog time to adjust to his new home is important. Make sure he has a safe and quiet place to retreat to. Give him food and fresh water regularly, and make sure he gets enough exercise and mental stimulation. Be patient and consistent with training, and show your dog lots of love and support.


Small – group courses
Compulsory course, per 10 Less. incl. pass CHF 350.00

Kurspflicht im Überblick

Age of the dog - at the time of purchase or at the time of moving to the canton. Puppy training (min. 4 lessons) Young dog course (min. 10 lessons) Education course (min. 10 lessons)
8 - 16 weeks Yes Yes No
16 weeks to 18 months No Yes Yes
18 months to 8 years No No Yes
over 8 years No No No

unless the cantonal confirmation of puppy promotion is available

Course: Sundays at 3.30 pm on the training ground of SKG Reckenholz – Zurich Affoltern

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