Hey guys! I am with you just long enough for a coffee, maybe 5-10 minutes, just long enough to pass on some simple advice about obedience training for puppies
I love puppies, love training puppies and I also love watching their training sessions. And “no”, I am not a dog whisperer? I am just a pet parent. I am also the one who gave my puppy his basic obedience training. I loved every minute of it, watching him develop, and building a relationship built on Trust in the process.
Now he is a much loved companion, and a friend who does not embarrass me in Public.
That was not the case before training, he even did his business on the rug under my friend’s dining table. Not a good look. I set about doing research on certain topics like how old to leash train a puppy, potty train a puppy, teach him to sit, come, stay and so on. Here are a few of the things I learned.
From day one, our puppy was on of the most loved members of our family, but initially he would mess anywhere. And once he did that, the scent left behind would entice him back later. We really wanted him as an indoor Dog, so he had to be trained. We started out by thoroughly cleaning the places he had used, scrubbing with disinfectant, and using a deodorizer to remove the scent. At the same time we started taking him outside for Potty regularly.
We would take him to the same area each time, and reward him with words, pats and treats when he did what we wanted.
I found that he was happy to follow the new routine. Inside, we set aside a place for his bed, and kept the bedding and the area clean. We also chose a place for feeding, and a place to keep his toys. He quickly realized that these places were not his toilet. I started the outdoor training sessions when he was two months but if I had the time over again I would have started as soon as we brought him home (6 weeks old).
Things that helped
- Limiting his food intake to the recommended limits.
- Regular visits to his outdoor potty spots, once each hour to the same area.
- Complete cleaning of the places inside where he made mistakes.
- Trips outside before bed and as soon as he woke up.
- Take him outside immediately after feeding time.
- Once outside, wait patiently until he completes the business.
- Reward the behavior
Now, he has the routine worked out, and tells us when he needs to go outside. We still take him after meals and before and after bed.
Basic obedience training for puppies is probably the most important thing you can do during his young life. It will help him fit into society, and help you to keep him safe. If you have a boisterous pupply, (particularly a large one), he can cause Chaos during the early stages of training, but once trained becomes a great companion.
- Sit: This is the most important of basic training commands for puppies. He can be started from eight weeks of age. He must be trained to sit in response to your verbal commands, and to do so no matter the situation when you give the command.
- Drop: This command is used so he will let go of anything he has in his mouth. Whether it’s a brand new pair of your shoes or a potentially toxic substance that he sees as food. It could save his life
- Stay: This command teaches him to remain inplace regardless of the circumstances. This command puts you in control, helps you keep him from dangerous situations, from accidentally damaging property, or injurying children
- Heel: This command keeps your puppy beside you, and under control when on a leash or similar circumstances.
- Come: For his own protection, he must return to you, no matter the situation as soon as he hears this verbal command.
Training and socialization sessions may be handled in many ways, but your positive reinforcement and patience are essential components. Training in this way is gentle, and creates a lasting bond between the pet and the owner.
Thanks for your time. Adopting and training your dog should be a pleasure for both you and him. Look at it as a process for mutual pleasure, show him how much you adore him, and allow him to adore you in return. Start young, be regular with training and in no time you will have a loveable, well mannered dog. Just as importantly, because he fits your lifestyle, he will ahve a safe secure forever home. We don’t need more dogs in pounds hoping for a new owner, do we?