Many people want to start dog training right away, because the puppy might be doing things that are less than desirable or they think it is a great way to bond with their new puppy. But your young dog should have some freedom until it's about 4 to 6 months old before getting into formal dog training. But that doesn't mean you are not starting some form of training.
Now, just because you're not formally training your dog does not mean you shouldn't make an effort to start early puppy training with simply lessons like how to behave around other people. It's important to buy a well-fitting collar and leash, then use them when you're out in public places. This is for both other peoples benefit as well as your own. You wouldn't want your puppy to suddenly run out into the middle of a busy street. In fact you might find that there is a leash law in your city that prohibits letting any dog to run free including puppies and when you go to a park or other public places you want to make sure your puppy is close to you. Your puppy training at this point is more informal as you are teaching your puppy to walk on a leash.
You want to make sure that your puppy is getting enough time to play outside and daily exercise. Exercise is the best way to make sure that his bones and lungs are getting strong. You want to try for at least 20 minutes a day of letting your puppy run around the yard. One fun way of combining both puppy training and exercising your puppy is to get him to chase you around the yard. You are teaching him to follow his pack leader and focusing his attention on you at this young age. Doing this will make dog training easier in the future.
Formal Puppy Training
When your puppy is over 4 months old you can begin formal dog training. In fact, it is best to start at this young age because older dogs get stuck in their ways and are a lot harder to train. That doesn't mean you start out with the hardest part of training with these you ones, you want to start puppy training with just ten minutes a day.
Puppies can get tired quickly and will lose focus. Your puppy won't be any to handle a lot of puppy training at first. Even so, make sure these sessions are on a regular schedule of working a little with him every day. This routine will show your puppy that your are serious about these puppy training lessons. An extra trick you can try is to wear the same shoes or jacket so your puppy develops an association with these items of clothing and his training sessions.
Training Your Puppy to Heel
1. One of the most important skills in puppy training is learning to Heel. You will need have your puppy trained to wear a collar and comfortable with a leash before starting to train him to heel. The first part of training your puppy to Heel is to have your puppy walk alongside you on the left hand side.
2. Slap your thigh and say HEEL every so often to encourage your young dog to follow you and keep next to you during the training session. Your puppy might get distracted or not follow your lead at first, but keep walking and your pup will start to understand.
3. When your puppy starts to follow you reward the behavior by telling him good dog. Practice heeling every day during your puppy training sessions and so your puppy will be heeling at your side.
Teaching Your Puppy to Sit
1. Teaching your puppy to sit is a vital skill for any type of puppy training. To start, have a small piece of treat in you hand.
2. Hold the treat near your puppies nose and move it backward over his head. Gently press down with your other hand on his rear and guide him into a sitting position. As you press down during the puppy training session tell him to sit in a firm voice.
3. Repeat this process two to three times during the puppy training sessions and remember to praise your puppy each time he completes the action. Teaching a puppy to sit is one of the easiest commands, but one of the more import commands that you'll use during all of your puppy training lessons.
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