Bringing a new puppy into your life is an exciting and joyful experience. But as a responsible dog owner, it is crucial to understand the significance of early training for your new pet. While training a dog as young as eight weeks may seem too soon, it's pivotal in establishing good behaviour, setting boundaries, and preventing any unforeseen accidents from occurring while they are young.
Given the impact that early training has on your pet, it is important that you understand how to train them and what commands should be focused on. The following blog post outlines which commands are key for your dog to learn from a young age and tips and tricks that will allow you to teach them effectively, ensuring good behaviour and boundaries as they grow.
Whether you've owned a dog before or are a new pet owner, it's important to understand that training your puppy is a crucial and essential aspect of responsible dog ownership. As we've mentioned, although they may seem small and innocent, early training significantly shapes their behaviour, temperament, and overall well-being.
Here are some reasons why training your 8-week-old puppy is crucial:
Certain commands will help establish a solid foundation for your puppy's training as they grow, allowing you to work with them on more intricate and complex commands. But before we get to this part of their training, it is essential to start with the basic commands that will teach them how to be trained and will be used most often.
Here are the commands that you should start with when training your 6-week-old puppy:
1. Sit: Teaching your puppy to sit on command is a fundamental skill that promotes discipline and obedience. We recommend using a Balanced Dog Training method when working with your pet. Start by using treats as positive reinforcement, and gently press down on their hindquarters while saying the word "sit." Repeat this process until your puppy learns to associate the command with the action.
2. Stay: The "stay" command is crucial for your puppy's safety and your peace of mind. Begin by asking your puppy to sit and then take a step back while using the word "stay." Gradually increase the distance and duration of the stay, rewarding your puppy with praise and treats for their compliance.
3. Come: Teaching your puppy to come when called is essential for their safety, especially when off-leash or around certain triggers such as other dogs, bikers, or cars. Begin in a quiet and distraction-free environment, using a cheerful tone and their name followed by the command "come."
4. Leave It: Puppies are naturally curious and often tend to explore things they shouldn't. The "leave it" command helps prevent them from ingesting harmful substances or objects. It also prevents poor behaviours from establishing, such as chewing on or picking up unwanted items like shoes. Start by placing a treat in your closed hand and offering it to your puppy while saying, "leave it." When your puppy stops trying to get the treat, reward them with a different treat or praise.
5. Thresholds: Thresholds may be the most important command when establishing boundaries and controlling your puppy's impulses. Thresholds teach your pet to control their impulses, whether triggered by another dog or person or have unwanted behavioural habits such as jumping on your guests. For a complete breakdown of threshold training, check out our blog here.
Training your puppy goes beyond simple commands. It also involves socialization, helping your pet to develop confidence and adaptability, and ensuring they grow into well-rounded adult dogs.
Here are a few tips to aid in their socialization:
If you are newer to dog training, it is important to understand that it is a serious time commitment that may be slightly frustrating, especially in the beginning stages. However, it is important to remain consistent and work with your pet daily, helping them learn their commands and preventing poor behaviour.
The following key elements are also important to keep in mind when working with your dog:
Training your 8-week-old puppy is a crucial investment in their future and the quality of your relationship. By teaching them essential commands and providing proper socialization, you are setting them up for a lifetime of good behaviour, obedience, and happiness.
If you're struggling to work with your pet or unsure where to start, our trained professionals can help. They fully commit to working with them through behaviour, obedience training, and continued learning safely and effectively.
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