When Should Dog Training Start?

There are three general age groups for which training should begin: puppies and older dogs.

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Puppies are most successful when they are between four and six months of age. Puppies that are younger than four months are more prone to explore their environment and seek out food, so they have a disadvantage in learning.

However, if you start training your dog at a young age, it will be a breeze! Here are a few guidelines to help you get started.

Socialization

Socialization is important for dogs of all ages. If your puppy is not exposed to a variety of new experiences, they may become fearful of unfamiliar things throughout their lifetime.

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Inadequate socialization can lead to behavioral problems later in life. Although some breeders and trainers disagree, current medical thinking supports early socialization.

If you have a new puppy, consider socializing it as early as possible, so it will help it to get used to its new surroundings.

Routines

Routines for dog training should be part of your everyday life. It is a great way to help your dog learn the basics of obedience.

Think about what you want your dog to do in certain situations and reinforce those behaviors.

You can also use routines to train your dog to sit or lie down when you open the door.

For example, if you are waiting for a friend to come over, you can tell your dog, “OK.” When the time is right, you should say “OK,” and then open the door. Start small, by making it sit for just a second and then gradually increase the time to 1 minute.

Praise

Puppy potty training begins as soon as you bring your new puppy home. Spend time teaching your puppy about the toilet before starting formal training.

Puppy faeces contain parasites and diseases, so you should make sure to clean up the mess immediately after your puppy goes.

Use firm and repetitive commands and words to train your puppy. Your goal is to make the process as easy as possible. Here are some tips for success:

Distractions

When starting dog training, distractions are key. They will not be effective if you set them up for failure.

When distractions are used in conjunction with training, a dog will begin to think that ignoring the person is a priority over the task.

But if the dog is motivated to focus, he will become more interested in you. In this case, distractions should be low-value and easy for the dog to perform.

Leash

When to start leash dog training depends on your puppy’s temperament. Some puppies will respond well to the leash, while others may need a bit of time to warm up to the idea. Young puppies have limited focus, so you must take your time. Instead, stick to the area where your dog is most comfortable walking without a struggle on a leash. Then, you can introduce marker words or sounds.

Harness

When should harness training for dogs begin? There are several methods of harness training, including body harness exercises and using treats to reinforce the harness.

It may take two or more sessions to successfully train a dog to accept the harness and buckle properly. As with any training method, it is crucial to observe your dog’s reaction.

Once you see that he’s accepting the harness, try offering treats. If he doesn’t accept the harness, begin the training all over again.

Sit-Stay

Sit-stay dog training requires patience and perseverance. The dog needs to be rewarded when he stays put, and it should be a pleasant experience for both you and your pooch. However, it should be emphasized that it should never be used as a substitute for other training methods. A proper training plan includes tracking your dog’s success rate and gradually building the duration of the stay. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Treats

Treats are one of the easiest ways to train a dog, because they can be given to a dog quickly and easily.

Treats are also a convenient way to get a large number of repetitions in a short period of time. It’s especially important to use treats when first introducing cues and practicing in a class environment.

You won’t have the same amount of success if you use a tug every time your dog comes when called.