I believe the little things I do now make a big difference throughout the lifetime of your companion. My puppies are born and raised inside my home and I start their formal house training. They are handled multiple times a day so they will be well socialized by the time they arrive at your home. I have introduced them to basic commands like sit, kennel, off, ah-ah (no) and come. They do great around children and other animals, like other adult dogs (both large and small) and cats.