Training a puppy starts as soon as you bring them home, typically around 8 weeks of age. They can learn basic cues like sit, stay, and come.
Positive reinforcement is the best training method. Reward good behavior with treats, toys, or praise. Avoid punishment and harsh corrections.
Be consistent with cues and reinforcement. Use the same words and signals for each command. Consistency helps your puppy understand and learn.
Practice commands in various settings. This helps your puppy become confident and obedient, no matter where they are.
Puppies learn at different speeds. Be patient, maintain a consistent routine, and remember that a secure puppy is ready and able to learn.
Start with basic cues at 7-8 weeks, leash training at 8-10 weeks, crate training at 10-12 weeks, and potty training at 12-16 weeks.
At 6 months, puppies enter adolescence. Continue training to solidify their skills in more public and distracting settings like dog parks.