Puppy Training Commands: Tips How To Teach Your New Dog The Basics

It’s time for puppy training!

Have you already got used to the fact that you have a puppy that needs your attention?

Not yet?

That’s ok. It takes time to get used to the new role in your life.

Creating a new daily schedule or ritual is now a part of your life. You cannot sleep until the last minute and then jumping out of the bed and running straight to work. NO. That’s not your morning ritual anymore.

Now you have to schedule everything so you have time to take your dog out for a walk, feed him and get ready for the day.

But have you started your puppy training at home?

It’s not that difficult as it sounds. Believe me. I’m really lazy. And when I first started thinking about training my puppy, I was really stressed.

I had so much to do and no idea how to manage everything.

But don’t worry. It’s really not that time consuming as it may seem. And it’s really fun, you get to spend quality time with your puppy and bond even more.

So let’s get to it!

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Tips for training a puppy – what’s the most important thing?

When starting to train your puppy don’t push them too much. Start slow and steady, as some dogs may need more time to adjust.

Prioritize to grow a strong bond with your puppy. Playing and having fun will teach your dog that you’re the most interesting thing in the environment.

Use the natural training opportunities – feeding time.

  • Hand feed your puppy whenever you have the chance.

When trying new things, try to understand everything from the puppy’s perspective.

He already had a big change in his life. He’s now away from his mom, brothers, and sisters. Now he has a new family that he has to get used to, and a new home that is full of smells that he isn’t familiar with.

It’s a totally new world for him and it takes time to get used to it all.

But slowly creating a bond and building a relationship will teach him your language and things that you want him to do.

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3 basic things to teach your dog in the beginning of puppy training

The first things you want for him to learn is the basic commands that will be the ground for everything else in the feature.

There is no need for you to go outside with your puppy at the beginning. Train your puppy in the part of the house that he’s now used to being in.

As you start your puppy training the best thing is to have a neutral environment. In that way, his attention won’t be divided and there will be as little distraction as possible.

1. Teach the puppy his name

Start with a simple step – keep your puppies attention:

  • Create a sound or a noise they are interested in and give him treats for coming to you;
  • Then build up to adding his name. Make the sound and as he comes to you give him treats and say his name;
  • As you’ve done that a few times, then use only his name to call him and reward him fruitfully and you can even play a little to make it more fun for him;
  • Then try to walk around (you can use a leash that is also attached to your pants so he’s not walking away from you further), as you’re walking call him and reward him for paying attention to you.

2. Teach the puppy how to sit

  • Use a treat as a guiding tool;
  • Keep the treat as close to the puppies nose as possible;
  • When the puppy follows the treat raise it a little bit higher and closer to his nose;
  • He will automatically sit because he’s following the treat all the way. Give him a treat when he sits;
  • Don’t rush it, do it slowly, so the puppy can manage to follow the treat;
  • And when he starts to automatically sit when you move the treat add the word – sit;
  • Then try the word sit without moving the treat to his nose. Repeat it a few times in a row.

3. Teach the puppy how to lie down

  • Use the sit command as a starter for this one;
  • Again use the treat as a guiding tool for the puppy;
  • Hold the treat as close to his nose as possible, and then slowly start to lower it down;
  • Don’t stress about it if he’s not laying down at first. Reward him even if he simply follows the treat all the way down without laying down. Don’t be too needy when teaching a new behavior. He will learn with time;
  • When he starts to lay down, add the word – down;
  • And of course, repeat it a few times in a row.
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Simple puppy training 101 for the beginners – practice these things every day

At this age, as you’re going to supervise him more closely, you’re going to have plenty of opportunities to reward your puppy for good and wanted behaviour.

It’s important to consistently reward him every time he pays you attention or when you call their name and he responds.

Catch him off guard as often as you can, so when he stops and comes to you that’s when you reward him.

It’s important to practice these things at home, where there is less distraction for him.

And then you can build up from there.

The next step would be going outside at the garden or in empty parking lot to practice these things.

When teaching a new behaviour add distractions slowly to strengthen the commands.

At what age should you start to puppy train your dog’s abilities?

Puppies brains are fully developed after 7 weeks.

So when they’re ready to come home to you, they’re also ready to learn.

If you want, you can start your puppy training from the first moment the puppy walks into your home, but it’s not recommended.

Here’s why.

He just came home to you. He was separated from his mother and siblings, and now he’s in a new environment. He’s probably scared and anxious and trying to figure out what his life will look like now. Moreover, what it means for him to be a dog.

Don’t rush it.

Of course, you can start the potty training right away to create a bond with the puppy, but don’t overdo it in the beginning. Let him settle in for a few days.

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Puppy training classes – what are they for? And do I need them?

You have to start socializing your puppy on a very early stage.

One of the great opportunities is to attend a puppy school.

It’s a great way how to socialize your puppy, to learn how to be friendly, play with other dogs and their owners.

These classes offer the opportunity to develop a communication with other dogs and strangers. This is important for the further behaviour.

But, if you’re looking for a place to learn new tricks, behaviour management, and overall training, you can also learn online.

There are many online dog training courses that you can try and fit to your own schedule. 

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