There are several different aspects of puppy training to consider:
Before getting your puppy - socialisation and "life" training starts before you even get your puppy. It's really important that your puppy is exposed to all sorts of noises and people at a young age - before they are even 7 or 8 weeks old. I'd therefore recommend selecting a breeder that is bringing the puppies up in the kitchen, or busy room in the house, with children and adults around. Once you get your puppy home, you then want to continue with safe socialisation.
Toilet Training - The next thing you'll be concerned about is how to toilet train your puppy. It's best to be organised here so that your puppy never actually needs to do the toilet when they're in the house. Crate training can help to both give your puppy a secure den area to sleep and rest in, and also to help to keep their paws crossed for just a little longer. Crate training is not about just keeping your house clean. Read on for more information about how to house train your puppy.
How to Train your Puppy - training your puppy to understand what you're asking, and to understand your house rules is crucial. So here, you want to consider the different phases:
- What puppy training to do in the first few weeks?
- How to choose a good puppy class or 1-1 trainer.
- Is the a good book on puppy training?
- Always use kindness and reward when teaching your puppy.
When to train your puppy - puppy training should start as soon as you get your puppy home. There's no point in waiting and letting them learn bad habits. The things that you'll need to be thinking about are
- How to stop your puppy chewing - puppies chew things, it's how they explore the world. Here's some helpful advice: prevent your puppies access to things you don't want chewed; keep things tidy so that your puppy can't pick things up; use a bitter tasting spray to deter chewing; and keep your puppy occupied with things that they're allowed to have fun with and chew. Read more here on puppy chewing.
- How to prevent your puppy biting and nipping you - puppies explore the world with their mouths. We need to teach them not to put their teeth on human skin, but instead, to play with us with a toy instead. Read more here on how to stop your puppy biting you.
- How to teach your puppy your house rules - be consistent. Do you want your puppy up on the couch or not? Do you want your puppy jumping or not? Gentle place your puppy where you want them to be and praise them.
Please do have a look a the puppy training and advice index on the right hand side for lots of free hints and tips on puppy training.