Getting a new puppy, how exciting and rewarding it can be. A new pup can bring joy, love, and companionship into your life, but it also requires time, effort, and patience to raise them into well-behaved and happy dogs.
Training a pup is an integral part of raising a healthy and well behaved dog, and the best part about it is that the majority of dog breeds are eager to learn. Teaching your pup early in their life will make a world of difference later in their life, the key is consistency. Stick with it.
Prior to teaching any commands you’ll need to make sure you have the correct tools for success. It’s important to have a ton of yummy treats to reward, and recommended to have a slip collar and leash in hand. Now, without further ado here are three commands you can teach your new pup.
I know, I know! This should come as no surprise. Sit is the first and hopefully, easiest command you should teach your pup.
This will establish a baseline for your dog when it comes to training, and give you both a good foundation to build from.
You’ll want to begin by using a treat to lure your puppy into the sit position. Once that cute little bottom is placed on the floor, reward the behavior with the treat and an excited “good girl/boy.”
Teaching sit first just made teaching down ten times easier.
Applying the same things we learned we are going to lure the dog into a sit (careful not to say sit, it’s not the command we are teaching) then slowly bring your treat lure to the ground. Your puppy should slide right into the down position.
Don’t forget to reward your pup for this behavior!
Another very important command is a recall or teaching you pup to “come.” This is also a safety command. I’m sure you can imagine how stressful it is not being able to get your dog to come to you.
To begin teaching come, have your pup at a short 3ft-5ft distance. Use your dog’s name as an attention getter, then follow it up by telling your dog to “come.” As soon as you see that adorable face turn and run towards you, once again reward them with an excited “good girl/boy” as well as a snack once they get to you.
So before you drop your leash, be sure your pup is well trained with all these commands but especially the “come” command. Once your dog has mastered these basic commands, you can move on to other, more fun commands.
There you have it! Three easy commands you can teach your pup. The three rules of dog training are consistency, consistency and consistency.
Stick with it, and you will have a well trained happy doggo before you know it!