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When Should You Start Training Your Puppy?

Bringing home new puppy can be an exciting experience. However, a new puppy is a big commitment. So, when is the best time to start training? In this blog post, we’ll discuss when you should start training your puppy and offer some tips to help guide you through the process.

When should I start training my puppy?

When Can I Start Training My Puppy?

The answer is simple – start as soon as you bring your puppy home! Puppies are like sponges when it comes to learning, and it’s important to start teaching them good habits from day one. It’s true that very young puppies can have short attention spans, but you can still start training them by using positive reinforcement methods, like giving them treats or using toys. Teach them simple commands like "sit" and "come", and be patient as they get used to their new training routine.

Helpful Tips for Training Your Puppy

When training your puppy, it’s important to keep a few things in mind to make the process as fun and effective as possible. Here are a few tips to help you and your new furry friend get started on the right foot:

1. Be patient with your puppy – dogs don't always "get it" right away, so don't expect them to.

2. Use positive reinforcement methods – this will encourage your puppy to continue the desired behavior.

3. Keep training sessions short – puppies have short attention spans, so make sure to give them plenty of breaks and keep the training sessions under 10 minutes.

4. Stay consistent – use the same commands every time and be sure to keep expectations predictable.

5. Don't punish negative behavior – instead, redirect their focus to a more positive behavior.

Puppy Training Timeline

Training your puppy is an ongoing process, and it’s important to have a plan in place to help guide you through the different stages of their development. Here’s a basic timeline to get you started:

8-12 weeks

Start with socialization lessons to help your puppy learn how to interact with other dogs and people.

3-6 months

Begin teaching basic commands like “sit” and “come”. Be patient as your puppy learns to listen!

6-12 months

Introduce more advanced commands like “stay” and “heel”.

1-2 years

Consistently reinforce all of the commands you have taught your pup up to this point. Keep building on the foundations to add more complexity to their training.

Group Training is a Great Option for Your Puppy!

One way to boost your puppy's training is by enrolling them in group training classes. Sit's Getting Real Dog Training offers positive reinforcement dog training methods in a group setting. This will not only improve their socialization skills with other dogs but also receive additional attention. Group training classes are usually more affordable than private sessions. The classes are can also provide a routine for both owner and puppy to commit to which will only strengthen their bond.

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Training your puppy may be intimidating at first, but it’s important to remember that it’s a fun and exciting process that will strengthen your bond with your new furry friend. Starting early and staying consistent with positive reinforcement methods will help ensure the training process goes smoothly. Remember to stay patient, set realistic expectations, and always keep things fun for both you and your pup. And if you need extra help, consider enrolling your pup in Sit's Getting Real Dog Training's puppy classes. Watching your puppy grow and learn new things will be an incredibly rewarding experience.


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