When you bring that bundle of joy and fun into your home, it’s time to start thinking about training your puppy. Each puppy has its own personality so what may suit one puppy may not suit the other. This is very common for puppies coming from the same litter! Some puppies are fast learners when it comes to training and some you just have to keep training and training until finally it clicks and sinks in!

Patience and perseverance is a must in all areas of training.

We must consider the environment that they are in order to influence the method that you wish to pursue training.

Things That May Help the Process of Training Your Puppy

Pet Gates

The ideal time to install pet gates is when you first bring your puppy home. This will, from the word, go, install within him where his boundaries are within the home.

It is important to create a safe space for your puppy

Pet/baby gates are there to stop your puppy from going into areas that he could cause harm to himself and they restrict the area in which he will have those inevitable accidents. Generally, gates are put at the bottom of stairs or in kitchen doorways. The kitchen is one of the areas that dogs normally have as their safe place because more often than not they are not carpeted and so ideal for cleaning up all those little accidents in the early days.

If you have furniture and cushions that you would like to keep intact then pet gates are ideal to stop them heading into the lounge for example and using those lovely new sharp teeth on your cushions.

If possible, try and restrain your dog from being able to go too close to the front door.  Everywhere is a great adventure at this stage and so seeing that front door open gives him good reason to venture out and gives him and an ideal root of escape.

Chewing

When your puppies teeth start to come through he will want to have a go at chewing everything that he comes across. Ideally, from the word go give him chew toys to play with and to chew on. If he does find his way to something that you do not want him to gnaw away at, then gently say “No” and immediately give him the chew toy to chew on instead of your furniture!

Eventually, he will learn that this is the only thing to chew on and nothing else within the home is.

Dogs are creatures of habit and they will pick up the do’s and don’ts of your household very quickly if you install them early on as a puppy.

Dog chew toys will also help your puppy from separation anxiety and help clean their teeth too.

Training Collars/Leads

Each puppy/dog collar is normally designed for a specific purpose and use. Before buying your collar do a bit of research as to which would be the best for your puppy, especially with training dog collars. This also goes for the leads that you will require and in some areas, you will have to have by law.

Dog Whistles

Silent dog whistles have many benefits where training is concerned. This is more of an advanced training tool but sometimes it will be good to get your dog to do the “come” command with the use of a whistle.

The key to using a whistle is to use your tongue to break up the sound as you blow. The idea is to transfer the commands you are wanting your puppy to do from your voice to the whistle. Ideally, it is best to teach your dog the “sit” or “stay” command prior to using the whistle.

Dog Clicker

Due to your puppy responding to neutral tones rather than voices this is very similar to the dog whistle. More considered a philosophy, using a dog clicker can be a lot of fun.

Using a dog clicker along with puppy treats is one of the fastest and gentlest puppy training methods to use, so always best to follow a click with a treat. The idea is to teach your puppy that the treat is not the main focus but the clicker is and the treat is for the response that your puppy gives you. The clicker is not there to get your dog’s attention but to tell your puppy exactly the behavior that is expected of him.

Puppy Training Treats

Rewarding a puppy with treats is the best way to get your puppies attention with less frustration as dogs love food!

When you are trying to teach your dog a trick, for example, the “Stay” command or “come” command, when he does what he has been asked to give him a treat. He will soon realize that when he has done something correctly he will get rewarded and so will continue to do it when asked.

Puppy Training Classes

There are also many puppy training classes which are on offer for you to attend. These can be quite expensive depending on how many you need to attend before your puppy is trained to your liking. They do however socialize your puppy early on with other puppies and dogs and therefore this should make him less nervous about approaching other dogs when out and about.

  • Safety – Training your puppy to obey your commands is one of the most important reasons for you to attend training classes. If you were walking with your puppy and suddenly he sees a cat or a bird and wants to start to give chase then a trained puppy will come at your command and an untrained puppy will run off and possibly hurt himself depending on the environment that you are walking in.
  • Manners – You want to feel relaxed when you take your puppy out with you and need him to be well-behaved close by to you.
  • Settled – A well-behaved puppy will settle when asked to and so if you have this control with your puppy he will be a pleasure to be around.