Puppy training has multiple benefits; not only will you have an obedient and well-behaved pet, but it also creates a strong, long-lasting bond between you both. So, if you’d love to get started, James Wellbeloved is here to teach you how to train a puppy using these five basic commands.
What you’ll need
To train your puppy, you’ll need:
If you use treats, take them out of your puppy’s daily recommended feeding allowance to prevent weight gain and obesity. If you aren’t using treats, set aside some of the day’s dry food instead. James Wellbeloved offer delicious, natural food for puppies.
Now, let’s start training!
Teach your puppy to sit
If you’ve got dreams of your dog performing at Crufts one day, the first command you should teach them is ‘sit’. First, stand in front of your puppy. Then, place the treat on you puppy’s nose and gently lift it upwards and backwards and reward when their bottom hits the floor and they sit! You can then say the cue and give them the treat. Your dog will soon learn to associate sitting with rewards.
How to teach your pup to lie down
Your dog should start off in the ‘sit’ position. Taking a treat in your hand, place it on your puppy’s nose and move it down their chest, between their front legs and as they follow, move it along the floor in front of them. This will take practice but always reward when they have managed it and use the cue ‘down’. They’ll be a Crufts-worthy competitor in no time!
Training the heel command
Teaching your dog to walk to heel will come in handy when you’re outside. When walking, as soon as your pup tugs the lead, stop completely. Wait for your puppy to stop pulling before you start walking again. Although this may seem tedious, your puppy will learn to associate pulling with the fun stopping. When your puppy walks calmly by your side, reward them. You should practice this command somewhere quiet, with no distractions.
How to train your puppy to stay
This command is a bit more difficult. First, hold your hand out to your dog and say ‘stay’. Reward them if they stay still. Next, start to build the distance from your pup while repeating the command. If they run towards you, patiently take them back to the starting point. Once your dog can follow the command at a greater distance, you can practice it while facing away from them, or add in distractions like toys.
Teaching your puppy to come
To teach your pup to come, say their name, followed by the ‘come’ cue. If they run straight to you, reward them. You can then increase the distance between you to test their skills. If your pup gets distracted on their way to you, withhold the treat to teach them that only fast recall gets a reward.
This handy guide should help you to train your puppy in no time, whether you have dreams of your pup performing at Crufts, or crossbreed competition Scruffts. Repetition, patience and reward are the most important things when training a puppy. Some breeds are faster learners than others, but all puppies are individuals. Do not get frustrated if your puppy doesn’t pick something up straight away. Keep practicing and keep training sessions short so they do not lose interest. Training should be a fun and bonding experience for you both!
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