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Basic Manners

Training your puppy begins as soon as you bring him home. Despite their short attention spans, young puppies can start learning simple obedience commands like 'sit', 'down', and 'stay' as early as 7 to 8 weeks old. Building trust and fostering desirable behaviors revolves around creating predictability and clarity in all interactions with your puppy. Inconsistency can lead to fearfulness and strain the relationship. Whether you're working on housetraining, discouraging inappropriate chewing, or promoting calm interactions with visitors, it's vital to establish a learning environment that sets your puppy up for success. Avoid situations that tempt your puppy to engage in undesired behaviors, as these can lead to failure and the learning of habits that may be challenging to change later on

Training Your Puppy

  1. Starting Early: Begin training your puppy as soon as you bring him home.
  2. Simple Commands: Puppies can learn basic commands like 'sit', 'down', and 'stay' as early as 7 to 8 weeks old.
  3. Creating Predictability: Consistency and predictability in interactions with your puppy are key to encouraging trust and desirable behaviors.
  4. Avoiding Temptations: Remove temptations that might encourage undesirable behaviors, such as leaving food within reach.
  5. Rewarding Good Behavior: Reward behaviors you like and ignore or prevent ones you don't like.
  6. Incorporating Training into Daily Life: Integrate training into everyday situations, such as asking your puppy to 'sit' before receiving food or going out the door.

Training Techniques

  • Food-Lure Training: Use small pieces of food or a favored toy to motivate your puppy to perform tasks.
  • Verbal Cues: Pair a verbal command with the desired behavior once your puppy understands what is expected.
  • Consistency: Be consistent in asking for desirable behaviors and completely ignore undesirable ones.
  • Avoid Punishment: Punishment does not teach desirable behaviors and can create fear between you and your puppy.

Teaching Specific Behaviors

  • Sit: Hold a treat over your puppy's nose and slowly move it up and back, prompting the puppy to sit. Pair the action with the word 'sit'.
  • Down: Lower a treat between your puppy's front paws to encourage it to lie down. Pair the action with the word 'down'.
  • Stay: Teach your puppy to stay in place by gradually increasing the distance and duration of the stay, rewarding for compliance.

Additional Training Tips

  • Patience and Consistency: Training takes time and patience. Practice daily for best results.
  • Setting Up for Success: Gradually increase the difficulty of the behaviors you're teaching to ensure your puppy succeeds.
  • Shaping Behavior: Reward successive increments of the desired behavior until you reach your ultimate goal.
Puppy Training Kit