What Age Should I Start Training My Puppy?

Like human babies, puppies start to learn and pick up behavioral patterns right from birth; This is why most experienced breeders usually start their puppy training right from when the puppy opens its eyes.  

So if you have gotten a puppy or are planning to pick it up soon, you are worried about when to start training it; well, you can start training your puppy right from the moment you bring it home. 

Before going ahead with your puppy training, you need to remember that puppies generally have short attention spans. So getting them to learn simple obedience commands such as “stay,” “sit,” and “down” can be frustrating, especially if you are inexperienced. However, this shouldn’t stop you. 

Starting your puppy training early makes it easy to transition into proper formal dog training later. Most dog breeders know that training an adult dog without essential puppy training experience is difficult. In some cases, teaching a mentally developed dog some new skills may even be too late. This is mainly because the dog must have solidified some adult behavioral patterns and passed its fear. Also, late training could cause significant mental and emotional problems for some dogs. 

Tips for Training Your Puppy

Positive Reinforcement

There are several ways to train a puppy. Each trainer has their preferred method of training, which is usually based on experience and result obtained. However, if you are new to puppy training, you only need to focus your attention on one training method—Positive reinforcement. This method of training is not only acceptable worldwide. It is scientifically backed. 

Positive reinforcement involves the use of rewards to encourage specific behavior. When using this method, you need to avoid the use of punishment. Unknown to most people, punishment is not only when you beat or kick the puppy. It could be in dominance-based handling techniques, use of devices such as choke, prong collars, shock, etc. All these can lead to long-term consequences for the puppy. 

To apply the Positive reinforcement method, you need to find out what reward works best for your puppy. For some puppies, the best reward could be a regular dog kibble, while others may require a special treat. 

Some puppies may not even get motivated by foot at all. For them, you will need to take some time to find out what makes them excited. It could be a prolonged belly rub or playing with their favorite toy. 

Praising the dog is another way you could practice positive reinforcement. You could do this by petting or cuddling the dog and saying words like “good boy or girl,” “Awesome!” “Good doggy,” etc., with excitement.

Keep You Puppy Training Sessions Short

Since Puppies have a short attention span, keeping their training session short is always best. A training session shouldn’t be more than 5 minutes long. It would be best to try to do this 3-5 times daily. 

Importantly, always try to end the session on a positive note. This way, they will be excited for the next one. 

Consistency is Key

If you are not consistent while training your puppies, you may end up confusing them. Ensure you use the same signals and words when passing across your message. Don’t improvise or add different words to the original word to pass across your message. 

Also, you need to ensure that your desired behavior is reinforced consistently, even when it is not convenient. For instance, if your puppy needs to pee and is already at the door waiting for you to open it, but you are busy. Don’t try shifting the puppy to another part of your home to ease themselves. You need to get up from whatever you are doing and open the door for them to go outside. 

Do Your Training in Different Environments

Training your popping in a new environment like a beach or a park is usually a new experience for them. They will get distracted, so ignoring these distractions and following the command will significantly reinforce your teachings. It will also help set the dog up to be more confident in any situation it may find itself. 

Importantly, when taking your puppy outdoors, make sure to keep them away from areas with a lot of dogs, especially if they are yet to complete their puppy vaccination. 

Be Patient

Like human babies, puppies are clumsy, and it takes time to perfect action. They also don’t learn at the same speed. So if you have more than one puppy, you may notice that some will pick up the training faster than the others. If your puppy training is taking more time than recommended, the only thing you can do is to wait and not get frustrated. As long as you maintain a consistent routine with the puppy sooner or later, it will catch up and start listening to instructions and obeying commands. 

When Can I Start Socializing With My Puppy?

Your puppy’s socialization should start right from the time you bring them under your care. If standard protocols are followed, this should be around 6 to 7 weeks old.

Puppies are exploratory, eager, playful, and expressive at this stage. So this is a perfect time to introduce them to new people, other pets, and other new situations.

Importantly, ensure to monitor your puppy at this stage to prevent any unwanted interaction with any entity. 

Learn more about puppy training and ways to ensure your puppy develops into an excellent dog with a good personality. You can reach out to us. We have several training plans and materials available for puppies. So you are sure to find one that will suit your needs. Feel to talk to us here Our experts will do their best to get back to you as soon as possible. 

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