There are 5 important lessons your puppy must learn before he becomes an adult dog. In this way, the lessons he learned as a puppy will stay with him for the rest of his life. This article is a step-by-step guide on how to train your puppy.
1) Learn his name.
In order for your puppy to respond to your call, you must teach him his name. The shorter the name, the easier it is to learn. Encourage this training by doing something nice with your puppy before you start. Learning your puppy’s name should be done in two simple steps, as described below:
1) Say your puppy’s name slowly and clearly to get his attention.
2) When your puppy responds to his name, reward him and pat him on the head. If your puppy doesn’t come immediately, don’t blame him, otherwise he will be even slower the next time.
2) Do you know the “no”.
The next word your puppy needs to learn is “no”. From the beginning he must understand that “no” means that something is forbidden.
Make sure that your orders are consistent. What is “no” one day should not be allowed the next day, neither from you nor from any other member of the family.
You must have an order for this word so that no matter where or when you use it, your puppy knows that what he is doing is something he should not be doing.
3) Train your puppy at home
Once your puppy has learned two basic lessons, it’s time to get on with home training. There are three simple steps to successfully train your puppy.
1) Take your puppy out every two hours during the day, ideally after waking up, after every meal and after play.
2) If you notice your puppy running around in circles, pick him up and take him outside. When he has finished unloading, praise your puppy.
3) Do not blame your puppy if he has an accident in the house! Reprimands will only stress your puppy.
4) Sit down, lie down, stay.
The next commands your puppy needs to learn should be learned in the order given.
1) “Sit”: When you give this command, press your puppy with one hand on his hips. Hold his head up with the other hand.
2) “Lie down”: Ask your puppy to sit down, then gently pull his paws forward while you say “Lie down”.
3) “Stay”: Ask your puppy to sit down and add “stay” when you move away from him. If your puppy stands up and follows you, say “no”.
Teach your puppy good manners at mealtime.
Meal times should be set and your puppy’s bowl should be in the same place, far away from his resting area. You should not give your puppy any leftovers or table scraps, as this will upset the nutritional balance of the food you are feeding your puppy.
Remember to give your puppy lots of love and praise every time he obeys. This will encourage him to behave well.