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When to start training?

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Hi All!
I am new to the list- I have a just 4 month old girl Basset named Miz RubyRue. Since I am NOT a Basset "slave" but an owner & have always had well behaved dogs I wondered when I could start & HOW I should start with Miz Ruby. She is doing very well on basic manners- housetraining, no biting, staying down, not rushing the door etc. I think she has a terrier mind in that Basset body & if I don't keep her busy she will find something to do & it is always trouble... I would love to do rally or obedience. I know she is probably too young to start officially but what can I do that is fun for her & will help her get ready?
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I wouldn't hesitate to bring an 8 week old puppy to puppy classes. I got Roady at 8 weeks on a Friday and Sunday he was out there with a class, mostly meeting people and other dogs. Not just any class-this trainer's family has been in business over 50 years and are well known in the area. Her place is immaculate, cleaned with bacterial/virus killing products between classes. Everyone shows proof of vaccinations. The trainer goes to the same vet as I do so a good share of those that attend are veterinarian referred. The place is rather small and a zoo sometimes but perfect for introductory socialization to people and other dogs.

I used to wait until 12 weeks but feel getting the pup out there asap is worth the risk of exposure to infectious diseases. But I certainly would check out the training facility/instructor ahead of time.
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