Dear Jeni, How early should I train my puppy?
When it comes to training you want to start off on the right paw! Your puppy’s training should begin the moment you bring him home. The first few days he will learn what it means to be a part of your family and where he stands. Crate training is essential when you bring your puppy home. It is useful for house-training, alone time, settling down, travel, and it saves your carpet. Encourage him with toys, treats, and praise to make your puppy love his crate. Boundaries need to be established when it comes to what he is allowed to do or where he can go (i.e. sitting on the couch – don’t let him up there as a pup if you don’t want him there fully grown)! When it comes to obedience training, whether you go to a group class or train you puppy at home, make it a fun experience with the aid of treats and positive reinforcement. Usually puppies can learn basic commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘come’ before they are five months old. Between 5-8 months of age is a good time to get that tail in motion and make your way to an obedience class where you will learn new commands such as stay, down, and loose-leash walking! With training classes you’ll be able to establish the way you communicate with your puppy. This will make it easier for your pup to understand what you want, and therefore, make it easier for him to please you.