Teaching your puppy these basic commands will make you both happier, your home calmer & your relationship stronger. Get started today with these easy-to-follow guides....
There are a handful of puppy obedience commands that every pup needs to know if they're going to grow up to be a well-behaved dog.... but your little guy won't learn them without some help from you!
Puppies are baby dogs and their natural instincts are canine ones. They include barking, nipping, chewing, digging and other similar pastimes.
When you first bring your new puppy home he'll be operating purely on instincts and inclinations. Although these are perfectly designed for the doggie world, many of them are not such a great fit in the human one.
To help your pup learn how to be a well-behaved and socially acceptable member of your family it's important to get some basic puppy training started right away... and this will include teaching him fundamental dog training commands such as:
So, let's take a look at these one at a time.....
Learning to 'Sit' is one of your pup's first lessons, and it's one you can start teaching right away (although you do want to give a brand new puppy a few days to settle in before he starts being home-schooled!)
Even an 8 week old puppy can grasp this one as long as you follow a few simple steps, are patient, and practice regularly.
It's literally as easy as 1-2-3
This basic puppy obedience command is the natural next-step after teaching 'sit', and although it's a little trickier most puppies get it very quickly.
Once your puppy happily (and consistently) obeys your command to 'Sit', you can move onto encouraging him to lie down by using a treat to lure him into the down position.
It's as straightforward as teaching him to sit, you just need to know how to move the treat and what to do to encourage a puppy who is confused about what you want.
As with the first two lessons, teaching the 'Stay' command is the natural next-step after 'Sit' and 'Down'.
Basically what you're doing here is to help your pup learn that 'stay' means you expect him to stay pup in one spot for a certain length of time even when you walk away from him.
This is especially difficult for young puppies because their natural instincts are to stay right beside you, but when you take it slowly and carefully your little guy will soon understand what you want him to do and realize that it's okay not to be right next to you at all times.k
Teaching your puppy to 'stay' means helping him to understand that you expect him to sit, or lie down, in one spot for short (or later on, extended) period of time.... and that you don't need to be right next to him while he 'stays'.
Click here to get started on 'Stay'...
Your goal here is to have a dog who understands and obeys the command to 'Come' - immediately and consistently. This is also called the 'Recall'.
It's another of the most basic dog obedience lessons, but it's one that can take a long time for your puppy to really be reliable at.
However, it's definitely worth the time and patience to teach it properly because obeying your call to 'Come' means that your pup will be safer at all times, especially when you're outdoors. It also means that he will have more freedom, and you will have peace of mind.
Puppies get hold of all sorts of odd stuff, and as far as they're concerned everything is edible until proven otherwise.. that's just one reason why the 'Leave It' command is sooo useful.
This obedience lesson simply teaches your pup that he needs to give up whatever it is he's got in his mouth, is playing with (or trying to hide/sit on etc.) when you say the word... actually, two words :)
It's also a good way to make sure your pup doesn't develop the bad habit of resource or food guarding which isn't just annoying, but can be dangerous too.
When you're learning how to do something new it often really helps to see how to do it as well as reading about it.
So, here's a great video that will walk you through teaching your puppy some basic commands such as the 'Sit', 'Stay' and 'Down' that I talk about above.
Bear in mind that all professional dog trainers, and long-time dog owners, may have slightly different styles of training due to their own individual experiences.
BUT, the basic principles of positive puppy training remain pretty constant and once you've had some practice and have got to know your own puppy, you'll also be able to adapt what you've learned to teach him a whole host of things.
Hope this helps you get started off on the right foot....