When Should I Start Training My Puppy?
Teaching your puppy basic obedience training can begin when they’re as early as eight weeks old - essentially as soon as you’ve brought your puppy home. It’s important to teach your puppy that you’re the leader right from the start, if you don’t you might have to break bad habits later on. It’s easier to teach puppies when they’re young and susceptible to change, the older they are the harder the habits will be to break.
Puppies have short attention spans, so training sessions should be brief but occur often. You can start to introduce basic commands which are sit, stay, down, come, heel, off, no and drop it using food rewards and positive reinforcement to encourage your puppy.
How Many Times A Day Should You Train Your Puppy?
You should strive to train your puppy for at least 15 minutes per day in short increments (5-minute sessions) spread throughout the day to ensure your puppy doesn’t lose focus.
Remember to start your puppy’s training indoors where there are fewer distractions and allow them to get used to a confined space that they can associate their training with.
What Are The 7 Basic Puppy Commands?
Although there are numerous commands a puppy can learn (all of which are important), the 7 basic commands that every puppy should know include sit, down, stay, come, off, don’t touch and heel (leash training).
It’s up to you to choose which command you’d like to teach your puppy first, although you’ll find they often work in conjunction with one another and various commands can be taught at once.
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