How to Train a Puppy

No Biting! “How To” Tip

January 3, 20130 Comments

When your puppy is several weeks old, it can want to start and play bite. This is part of its development and it totally normal. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when those sharp little teeth sink into you!  Ouch!

Say “ouch” in a high pitched tone and it will sound like other puppies when they are hurt.  This creates a hard wired response from the dog because they don’t want to hurt their brothers or sisters and the sound will make them pull back from hurting you.  Let them know it is okay to lick you – but not to bite you!

Simple Training For Your Puppy

November 29, 20120 Comments

Some great tips to get you started with training a puppy.  You need to start as soon as you can and can begin with a puppy as young as about 7 weeks.

It’s worth it – as training will help you have a healthy and happy dog for years to come! Got some tips of your own? Share them below!

Bringing Home Puppy

October 10, 20120 Comments

Bringing home puppy is an exciting time!  There are many things to think about and you need to prepare.  This video has a plethora of information regarding the newest addition to your family.  The trainer covers an excellent list of items that are necessary to have before you bring your puppy into your home.

Get out your pen and paper so that you can take notes – this video is absolutely packed with good information to make the introduction of your puppy to your home and family go as smooth as possible.

Bringing Home Puppy

Think about your house before it is time to be bringing home puppy and think about if there are any rooms that you want to keep the puppy out of.  Baby gates are excellent for this and can be very helpful.  After all, you don’t always want to be following your pup around all day!  Did you LIKE this video? It gives wonderful information to help you prepare and know what to do in the first week or so that your puppy is in its new home.

How to Train a Puppy to Allow Nail Clipping

October 5, 20120 Comments

Grooming your dog is so important, but often your dog will resist your efforts and keeping them neat and trimmed.  This is especially true when it comes to nail clipping.  Learning how to train a puppy to allow nail clipping can be challenging. Their nails can be sensitive if you clip them too close and often the sound of the sander (should you choose to use one) can be very  off putting.

This video goes over how to get your dog used to this. It is a great idea and should be started when your dog is a puppy, if possible.

How to Train a Puppy to Allow Nail Clipping

What do you think? It seems like the two week suggested training period is a little long, but learning how to train a puppy to allow nail clipping could take some time. Puppies tend to be a little sensitive about their paws and it could take some time for them to get used to you handling them.

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How to Train a Puppy to be Still While Putting on His Leash

September 21, 20120 Comments

This video covers how to train a puppy to be still while putting on his leash (lead).  This process is a little different than dealing with an adult dog and is focused on helping the puppy to get used to you fiddling with his collar. This training session uses treats to reinforce the good behavior.  The trainer says that if the puppy is bouncing all over and not paying attention to your directions, then simply put the leach back and go sit down.  This will be a clear indication to the puppy that his behavior is not going to help him get out the door with you.

How to Train a Puppy to be Still While Putting on His leash

Stick to your guns with this exercise and be sure that your puppy really understands what is expected of him as you attach the lead (leash) to his collar.  It can be tough to learn how to train a puppy to be still while putting on his leash, especially when they are so small and the leash may be loose and move about quite a bit.  This can create an interesting feeling for the puppy as he is not quite sure what it is you are trying to do.  But with some practice, he will soon understand that his patience will be rewarded by having a good walk with you.

This training exercise seems pretty straight forward and simple, yet it may be something that new dog owners might overlook.  We hope that you liked the video and are able to use it with your puppy to get the desired behavior.

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How To Train a Puppy to Walk on a Leash

September 13, 20120 Comments

Here in this video we can learn a little from our Aussie trainer friends about how to train a puppy to walk on a leash.  This can be a little bit of a confusing thing for most puppies, because they really feel that they should be allowed to roam free!  But by starting small and going slow, you will see how quickly your puppy will respond to some gentle leadership and coaxing.

The trainer here starts with a simple way to use some gentle tugs on the leash along with some treat rewards in order to help the puppy learn it’s own name.  Of course, learning its name is an important part of the equation, but it may be one that could get overlooked.  It is also the first introduction to the leash and it should be as positive of an experience as possible.

Maverick is an 8 week old puppy and is a great example of a young pup trying to learn its name and how to respond to the leash.  He also does what all puppies do so much of – sleep!  He is incredibly adorable as he simply flops over and takes a nap while waiting for the guys to get the video going and again at the end of the video.  Which is a great time to remind you that short training sessions are best and if you can work in 3-6 training sessions a day, that is ideal.

How To Train a Puppy to Walk on a Leash

Learning how to train a puppy to walk on a leash is a little different than teaching an older dog, but still requires a lot of patience and commitment.  Puppies can’t remain focused for long stretches, so several short training sessions work best. With older dogs, you can train a lot longer and don’t have to have several sessions a day.  But finding a quiet spot to train and having some treats handy is important no matter what the age of the dog is!

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How to Train a Puppy to Sit | Video

September 6, 20120 Comments

One of the very first obedience skills is how to train a puppy to sit.  This skill will serve the dog for his or her entire life and is the basis for several other skills.  Because it is important and because it is the first official obedience kind of training you will tackle with your puppy, you want to be sure that you are consistent and patient.  These two skills from you will really help the puppy learn well and learn quickly.

How to Train a Puppy to Sit

As mentioned in the video, choosing to train your puppy right before meal time is best.  Your puppy is hungry and will respond better to small treats as his reward for doing as you are instructing.  Get your puppy’s attention by allowing him to smell your hand and know that the treat is there.   Then move your hand above the puppy’s head so that he is now looking up and you may be surprised to see your dog sit without you even telling him!
Since this is a natural movement, your puppy will catch on quick!  Say his name and than a firm “Sit” command.  When the puppy gets it right, be sure to praise him. If they get it wrong, simply start over.  It is not that hard to learn how to train a puppy to sit, but it may take a little while for your little canine to get the idea. Keep each training session short, but repeat the sessions throughout the day.




How To Train a Puppy to Go Potty Outside | Video

September 6, 20120 Comments

When you first get your puppy, one of the first things you will want to know is how to train a puppy to go potty outside instead of in the house.  When they are very young puppies, their little bodies simply cannot hold it in when they need to go to the bathroom, so this is a time for patience. When you use positive reinforcement as the puppy does what you want, you will see quicker and better results.

This veterinarian also recommends watching your puppy for signs that they are getting ready to go to the bathroom. Usually, if they begin to sniff around or circle in one spot, those could be signs that it is time to pick the puppy up and head outside!

How To Train a Puppy to Go Potty Outside

You will also want to get on a routine as quickly as possible, so be sure you always take your puppy outside first thing when they wake up, about 20 minutes after they eat and right before bedtime.  Of course, you will also want to pay attention for their signs that then need to go throughout the day in general.

The most important thing in learning how to train a puppy to go potty outside is to understand that your puppy will follow your lead. If you make the experience pleasant, then your puppy will be pleasant and learn better. If you make the experience unpleasant, then you increase the chance that your puppy will start hiding from you when it has to go to the bathroom or other such bothersome behavior.

How to Train a Puppy Not to Bite | Video

August 28, 20120 Comments

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Puppy biting may not be a huge concern at first because the dog is so small and cute.  This phase does not usually last too long, but as the puppy’s teeth grow and they begin to get their adult teeth, the playful nipping could get quite painful.  You would do well to know how to train a puppy not to bite so that you can save yourself from unnecessary pain as well as keeping your dog from getting into a dangerous habit.

Puppies relate to others in their litter by playfully biting and nipping. This behavior is perfectly normal but still needs to be addressed in order to create a well behaved adult dog.  Some simple steps are outlined in this video that will give you the information you need to help get a handle on your pup’s biting.

How to Train a Puppy Not to Bite

This dog trainer covered a technique of allowing the puppy to bite your hand, then yelling out “Ouch!” to startle the puppy.  She then suggests turning away and ending the playing as a signal that they have reached the boundary with you.  This is similar to the behavior they would encounter when with their litter mates and they will soon understand that their biting is unacceptable.  How to train a puppy not to bite is not complicated, but it does take some time and patience.

Have you or someone you know tried this method? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below!

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