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Training Your Puppy

Basic Training:

Training your puppy early is important for you, the owner, and your new puppy. They need to feel secure with the rules and boundaries they are given. Training is vital so that puppies learn to sit instead of jump on people, learn to go potty outside rather than on the carpet, learn to chew on toys instead of the furniture and learn to obey you. Their response to your commands will keep them safe, help them to fit in with the family routine and teach them how to do things the right way. Puppies need to learn at a young age so as to avoid bad habits and bad behavioral problems. Training a puppy can be frustrating at times, but if you are patient and consistent, the training will pay off. 

It is important to offer rewards to your puppy as they learns new things. Positive reward-based methods tend to get more positive results. Punishment tends to create aggression, distrust, confusion, shyness and even helplessness in a puppy. Instead of punishment, your goal should be to teach the puppy that it’s fun to learn by offering a reward as she does things the right way.

Don’t get discouraged when you are training her. She’s a puppy and easily gets distracted. Just try the same techniques over and over and eventually she will learn what you want her to do. Remember, she’s a baby and needs gentle, consistent training.

Here are a few basic tips on training your puppy:

  • Use puppy treats as a reward for responding to your direction
  • Praise them highly and with excitement when your puppy comes to you. Other times use a quiet, soft voice, such as when you want them to lie down. A gentle voice will keep them calmer and they won’t react by jumping up.
  • Reward your puppy with fun: a game of fetch, a belly rub, a car ride or other activities that appeal to your puppy.
  • Socialization is important so that your puppy interacts with humans and other animals in a friendly way. Let your puppy spend time with other animals or people while she is young so she will not be afraid of them later.
  • Recognize signs of stress in your puppy. Stress includes cowering or clinging, tucking in her tail, putting her ears back and down, yawning, whining or turning away from people.

Crate Training:

It is a good idea to train your puppy to use a crate to sleep in, to ride in when you need to take her to the vet or on a trip, or simply for periods of time while you are gone for a while during the day. If you start at a young age, you will have good results. Your puppy will consider it a safe place. Put in their crate to attract their attention. You can also feed them in the crate to get them used to being inside. Remove the food and water dishes after they have eaten so they doesn’t spill them and make a mess. If you want them to sleep in the crate, start them when you bring her home. Don’t confuse them by letting them sleep in different places all the time. Keep it consistent. However, give them a lot of time outside of the crate as well.


Puppies don’t know where they are to go potty, so you must train them. Generally puppies will need to go when they wake up in the morning (and from naps as well), after eating and after playing vigorously. Take them outside and give them ample time to sniff around and do their duty. Don’t rush them – they may go back inside and go where you don’t want her to go! They will begin to respond to your schedule if you are consistent. Praise them when they go potty and give them a small treat for their action.

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Collar and Leash Training:

Have some treats ready when you begin to introduce a Place the collar on your puppy and offer a treat, praising them all along. They may scratch at it or act concerned, but it is just something new. Make sure you can get two fingers underneath the collar to ensure that it is not too tight and that she is comfortable. Take it off after a few minutes and put it back on another time for a longer period of time. It won’t take long for your puppy to get used to their new collar.

When you introduce the leash, connect it to their collar, but don’t hold onto it. Just let them get used to the feel of it. Play with them, but don’t let them chew on the leash. Give them a treat and gently lead them, using the leash and praising them as they follows your guidance.

Teaching Your Puppy To Sit:

Holding a treat in one hand, place it close to your puppy’s nose. Move the treat slowly up over their head. The plan is to lure them into the sitting position and use a hand signal to do it, as you say, “sit.” As soon as they sits, say “yes!” Give them the treat and praise them gently so that they will not get too excited and jump up. Release them by saying “okay.” Do not give out a treat at this time or you will be rewarding the action of getting up. Repeat this process a few times for a few days and your puppy will begin to understand your command.

Teaching Your Puppy to Come:

Since puppies are eager to be with their masters, teaching them to come is fairly simple. Just walk a few steps away and call “come!” Praise them when they comes to you. When you repeat this exercise over and over, it will become natural for the puppy to obey.

The objective is to teach your pet to be a great, pleasant companion. You, the owner, have the authority over the puppy. Remember that she is easily distracted, so be patient with them as you train them and keep working on the same techniques. Teach them exactly what you want them to know to get along with you and others around them. Practice those techniques and you will be rewarded with a happy, healthy pet.

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