You can start training your puppy at 8 weeks of age
The sooner you start training the sooner your puppy will begin to learn good behaviors. Because they are just puppies their attention span is much shorter than the normal 20 minutes allowed for adolescent or adult dogs. The ideal training schedule is to work your puppy on leash for 10 minutes in the a.m. and 10 minutes in the p.m. for at least 5 to7 days a week. During the week the puppy owner can have mini sessions in the house working on other basic obedience skills practicing 5 minutes at a time. During this time the puppy will begin to take on good house manners.
Example: Have your puppy sit before you give him his meal. You can also practice the come command in this manner as well by calling your puppy’s name each time you feed him. Young puppies like your attention and will usually come when called. Creating good habits now will allow obedience training to go much more smoothly later on.
- Start basic obedience training when the puppy is 8 weeks or older
- Practice basic obedience twice a day for 10 minutes
- Practice in the home on leash
- Use meal time to teach the “sit” and the “come” command
- Never leave a puppy unattended keep them safe in a crate or x-pen
- Always keep a puppy with you do not let your puppy roam a house or backyard unattended you would not allow that with a human infant
- Create a daily schedule for your puppy including meal times, water time, play time and training time
- Be affectionate with your puppy and praise often