There are many techniques to use in training your new puppy. However, we have come up with Basic Training Steps that we have tried on our own puppies and have had great results with. One of the most important things to remember is your puppy’s brain is like a little sponge and they learn things so quickly at this young age. Puppies as early as 8+ weeks are at the perfect time to start basic training. With patience, good communications and consistency, your puppy should be on its way to becoming a well behaved pet companion!
COMMAND WORDS - before you begin training, come up with a list of basic training command words that everyone agrees upon. We recommend sit, down, stay, off, settle, etc. We do not recommend using the word NO too often. This is an overused word and another more specific word should be used. For example, instead of saying NO for a puppy jumping up, use OFF. Here are some of the basic ones:
PRAISE WORDS - alway use positive words like "GOODBELLA", "YESBELLA" and have a very happy tone to your voice. This will teach your puppy they have done something correctly.
PUPPY CLASSES - we highly recommend you enroll your puppy in an age appropriate training class. Remember only after all vaccination records are given (usually after 4 months of age). This is excellent for socializing your puppy with other breeds, people of all ages and ethnicity.
SOME PUPPY GAMES
Fetch – a classic, of course. To teach your pup to play, get two toys. Throw or roll one, and when Bella grabs it, wave the second toy around so that she’ll come running back. When she gets to you, gently take the first toy, and throw the second one.
Toy-on-a-string – great for puppies who need to be encouraged to chase a toy. For some reason, even dogs who don’t like fetch love this game.
Chase – Get down on the pup’s level, gently shove her around, then run away. Let her catch you, and praise and offer a toy or treat when she does. This teaches beginner come-when-called skills.
(Have the puppy chase YOU, don’t play chase-the-puppy. You don’t want her to learn that running away from her human is a fun game)
Puppies love to play, but they have very short attention spans. Hold several 5-15 minute play sessions throughout the day.
In the first weeks, some puppies will be too shy or overwhelmed to play. That’s okay. Proceed at her pace, and she’ll come around eventually. It took my shy, very serious puppy Jonas several days before he’d play with me. He eventually became very enthusiastic about fetch and tug-of-war.
Always end your puppy command training sessions with play time. Throw a ball, run in the yard, make it fun! Toss a toy…. Do whatever you like to do when playing and relaxing with your puppy. Reward with a treat and say