How to start training a puppy and when to start training a puppy are important questions to ask. Learning the answers here is a great place to ensure your puppy's training starts on the right paw.

Some people think puppies are too young to be trained, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Puppyhood is prime training time, nature has designed their little brains to learn as much as possible to prepare them for the world of adulthood.


Much of the training you do with puppy will be at home and this is true even if you take them to obedience classes, all good teachers give homework and I have found Doggy Dan’s online dog  trainer to be particularly helpful in the past

 

So when is the best time to start training a puppy ? Puppy training can begin as early as 8 weeks by teaching them rules of the house and certain basic obedience commands.

How To Start Training A Puppy

Getting Puppies' Attention And Learning His Name

With all the the excitement and distractions your new puppy will be experiencing on an almost hourly basis it is imperative that through early puppy training you can get your dog's attention in an instant.


Your puppy must learn his name as soon as possible, preferably keep it short and concise; Whilst long names may sound distinguished, after you've been yelling "Nebuchadnezzar " at a wayward Beagle for an hour you will soon wish you had named him "Fred" after all.


Use his name every time you address puppy, clapping your hands or slapping your leg to catch his attention if needs be, when he responds give puppy plenty of fuss. This will stand you in good stead as it forms the building blocks to training a puppy successfully.

You will use your puppy's name to gain attention before eventually coupling it with a command word, for example "Brutus sit", followed up by a reward word such as " Brutus, Good Sit" and praise or a treat. In this way puppy will quickly learn to associate his name with good and fun things such as praise, rewards or play and will instantly respond to you as soon as his name is called.


Now considering that dogs are very good at word association, commonsense dictates that you shouldn’t ever call your dog to discipline him and never call his name if you know you cannot enforce the recall.

Understanding The Word "No"

Another early puppy training lesson is to teach him the meaning of a stop word such as 'No' or 'leave it' in order to prevent puppy from doing something dangerous or damaging.


Puppies have seemingly limitless supplies of energy and will probably get into all sorts of mischief if this energy is not channeled constructively, like most young animals they learn about the world from direct experience; Whether that be running amok in your flower beds, trying to eat something harmful or deciding that the big noisy thing outside in the street would be good to chase.


This is an important lesson and could save your dog's life one day. Start with gently corrections, give it a chance to sink in before you move to a stronger correction.

A simple firm No may be enough to interrupt puppy's behaviour and steer him away from whatever it was that he shouldn’t be doing, you don’t' want to raise your voice or make loud sudden noises if softly calling his name is effective.


If puppy begins to go back to his undesirable activity, keep your voice low resembling his mother's growl and make a short sharp "Ahh" noise reminiscent of "uh- uh" as if to say "oh no you don't!". It's amazing how effective this simple technique can be and once puppy has given you his undivided attention, make sure you praise him and perhaps give him something else to play with or chew on .


The aim of these early puppy training lessons is to practice positive reinforcement and distraction. It's much easier to stop problem behavior developing in the first place than to correct it later. Don't raise your voice more than is required to gain his attention, and as soon as puppy has stopped what it was he was going to do, praise and reward him.


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