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.
When teaching a dog or puppy door manners keep in mind to work your dog every day for 30 days. Keep your lesson structured and be consistent with your commands, hand signal and treat reward.
- Training tools: Six foot leash, 15 foot leash, treats bag, and a small bathroom size rug.
- Commands given: heel, sit, stay, come, here, and your freeze word which can be no, leave it or stop.
- Every day practice door manners for 30 days be consistent and persistent
- Each lesson time should be 5 to 15 minutes long at least 2 times a day remember to put 4 hours in between sessions
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So you brought a puppy into your home and it has been years since you owned one and you are asking yourself what do I do now? The suggestions below will help and make having a puppy in your home a lot easier. The main thing to keep in mind is that you have a puppy which is like a toddler so you will have to provide safety, comfort, a clean area, lots of love, training, fun activities and patience.
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- Crate train your puppy it will help with potty training and prevent bad behavioral issues.
- Leash your puppy when out of the crate so he or she cannot wander around the house and get into trouble and you will prevent a lot of bad behaviors such as going potty in the house, chewing your things, getting into the garbage and the list can go on and on.
- Create a daily schedule to keep yourself on track with training and raising your puppy with rules and manners.
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