Training is crucial to strengthening the human-puppy bond. It is vital to the development of behaviors that will last a lifetime. It is the goal of Puppy Playbook to provide basic training methods and recommendations to get you started on the right paw.
Here are the following topics
Training begins on the first day. It is best to have the game plan on training before bringing the pup home, but its never too late to start!
Consistency applies to the rules that are enforced and the commands being used. Everyone in the house has to be committed to same commands and rules, otherwise the puppy will be confused and unsure what he is supposed to do
Very valuable for both the basics of training and socialization
- Be sure to speak with your vet about risk of disease exposure
- Training program should ask for proof of visit to a veterinarian and vaccination records
The first step in training is finding a reward that works for your puppy.
Take a treat and hold it in front of the pups nose. Give the command ("sit"), move the treat back and parallel to the ground until the puppy sits. When he sits, praise and give treat
Keep treats on hand when your puppy is in the house or in the yard.
Start with the "Sit" then move the treat down between the front paws and pull slowly along the ground until your puppy is laying down. Give the treat and praise as soon as he is laying down
The stay command can be extremely useful. Best to start with a "sit" followed by a "stay" command. Wait a second, then reward the pups patience. This can be practice with very short distance and time, then slowly challenge your pup by extending the time or the distance. If your pup fails, do not get frustrated, just go back to something they know, then revisit the stay command at a shorter distance or time.
Attach the leash to the pup and just follow him around for the first few times. Then in your most exciting voice, call them towards you and have them follow your around. It is also helpful to carry treats with you to reward the pups attention during leash training.
It can take a lot of time to develop good leash behavior. The leash is a tool not a way to force a pup to stay with you or go where your going, the pup should want to follow you. Sometimes a gentle short tug and a excited "come" can redirect your pup in the desired direction.
There are several products designed to help in pups that have a pulling instinct (Gentle Leader). Early on in training, focus on getting your pup to follow you. Further training on heeling can be pursued after the basics are mastered
House training is one of the more challenging topics. Here are few keys to success:
Most people want their puppy to potty outside, however some will use potty pads in the house. In order to encourage these behaviors, we must be dedicated to the process.
The kennel is a valuable tool to have when raising a puppy
The biggest mistake during training are inconsistency, mixed signals, and poor expectations. The house meeting is crucial to the success of the training program. Discuss rules, commands, and expectations of the pup so that everyone is on the same page
Socialization is the process by which your pup is exposed to other dogs, people, and environments. It is extremely important to their development
Barking is a normal behavior. However, excessive barking can be difficult to deal with, especially in apartment settings.
Another behavior that is normal for puppies, however can pose a risk to those in the house if not discouraged
Chewing is another normal behavior for pups. Pups will chew on anything at anytime for multiple reasons. The could be chewing out of boredom, too much energy, or are teething. The following are tips to deal with chewing:
Some dogs become very stressed when left alone which can lead to destructive and sometimes harmful behaviors.