The first things your puppy needs to know are words. The best way to communicate with your dog is using words, even if you may want to use gestures or food. In order to start the basic training with your puppy, he needs to understand you. That’s why there are some basic word commands that he must understand. In your puppy training schedule, try to include this step first. The commands every puppy has to understand and obey include “come,” “stay,” “off,” “drop it,” “go,” “lie down,” “don’t touch,” and “quiet.”
Another step to include in your puppy training schedule must be teaching your dog respect training. He must understand that he is a dog and you are a human and that he must obey some human rules that you impose upon him. He is the one that has to obey you, as you are the boss. That’s why, avoid giving him what he asks for when he is running around you, when he is barking or is biting, and not even when he begs before you. Without respect training, you cannot do too much because the rules would be of no value if he doesn’t obey them.
As soon as these two steps are accomplished, you can start with puppy potty training. It’s one of the most important things your dog must know, because it’s not pleasant at all to have marks of your puppy eliminating all over your house. Start by identifying the places where he can eliminate and encourage him to use them. Take him for regular walks outside where he can eliminate.
Now that you have included the aforementioned tips in your puppy training schedule, the next step is to start with crate training. You can’t stay all the time with your dog, and in order to prevent accidents when you are not at home, you must teach him that he must wait for you in the crate. Make the crate as comfortable as possible for your dog so that he is willing to spend time inside. In the beginning, keep your dog in the crate when you are at home and let him see you, because you don’t want him to associate the crate with separation from you.
You must also train your furry friend in housebreaking and other household rules.
How was the first time you trained a puppy? Did you follow a specific puppy training schedule?