Puppies bring a lot of joy into our homes and hearts and at the same time they can be a lot of work. When a puppy enters in your life and home it is suggested that a crate is purchased.
You can purchase a crate through many wholesale pet supply stores as well as many retail stores and catalogs. In the correct size crate a puppy should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably.
You may want to purchase another crate as your dog grows or use something to block the area available to your puppy in the crate should you choose to purchase a large crate from the beginning. The reasons for this will be discussed as we learn about crate training. Read More
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.
Often I hear my puppy is chewing up my shoes, my sprinklers, my hands, and my credit cards, etc. How to stop this destruction? One of the golden rules is never leave a puppy unattended when at home and restrain the puppy or dog when you can’t watch him. This way bad behavior won’t be developing when you are not watching your puppy. Crates, kennels, x-pens, and leashes are some of the tools used to restrain a puppy. In the meantime, you can start teaching your puppy through the seeding game which toys are his/hers and which items are not.
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When a puppy mouths, he is constantly putting his mouth on your hand, your arm, leg or anything that belongs to you, including shoes, socks, clothes, etc.
Reasons Puppies Mouth:
- Teething. The first set of teeth comes in 3-4 weeks after birth. Permanent set of teeth start coming in at 6 weeks and this process can last until the dog is 6 months of age. During this time a dog’s mouth can become very sore, inflamed or bled. Mouthing is a way a dog can relieve some of this pain.
The definition of “Come” is a command given to require your puppy to come close enough to you to allow you to gently grasp his collar or to ask for the sit command. Be sure to praise him every time he obeys this command and allows you to grasp his collar.
Dog and Puppy Training Tips for the Come Exercise:
- From a sit or down position, ask your dog to stay
- Facing your dog, walk out to the end of the leash
- Pause for a moment and then give the command “(dog’s name) come” using both voice and hand commands. The hand signal is having your left hand palm facing you tap your chest or stomach area Read More
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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In dog training (and puppy training too) it is important to be positive, encouraging and consistent. Puppies learn through repetition or what is called patterning. For example, teaching a puppy to heel:
- For 25 to 30 days, train the puppy every day on the concept of heel.
- Somewhere around the 25th to 30th day, the puppy takes the heeling lesson and moves it from the conscious to the unconscious brain. The transfer from conscious to unconscious can take from 2 to 7 days depending the puppy’s ability and willingness to learn. During this time a puppy may be more distracted, not heeling as well as they should.
- After the 2 to 7 days your puppy should be heeling like a pro.
- Each puppy learns differently with some learning more quickly than others. The key ingredient is to be patient, loving, consistent and encouraging. Try to imagine an athlete learning to ski for the first time. At first, they are clumsy but through hard practice, repetition, encouragement and mentoring they become quite a champion. The same is true in puppy training.
- Be positive, encouraging and consistent with training.
- A puppy needs 25 to 30 days to absorb a lesson thoroughly
- As a trainer you will be able to help your puppy learn.
- Your puppy will bond more closely with you.
Remember a well-trained puppy creates a happy owner.