How to Obedience Train a Puppy

By eHow Pets Editor


puppies. Those tiny wagging tails and big, adoring eyes--and those unsightly yellow puddles and chewed up shoes. Puppy obedience training is a necessary part of pet ownership. It's very difficult to co-exist with an animal that hasn't been house-trained. For best results, you should obedience train your puppy as soon as you bring her home. Here are some tips.


Step 1:

Time your commands, rewards and negative responses carefully. Teach the "Come" command when your puppy is behaving rather than in the midst of mischief, and reward him promptly when he complies. Once he knows what "Come" means, you can use this command to tear him away from bad behavior.

Step 2:

Repeat the training exercises only until your puppy gets it right, and then take a break for a little while. So after a few attempts to teach her to "Sit" reward her once she complies and then let her rest or play with you. Remember that like small children, puppies have very small attention spans.

Step 3:

Do short exercises in short intervals, rather than trying to teach a puppy an entire command like "Sit-Stay" in one lesson. Rome wasn't built in a day, and trying to get a puppy to master both sitting and staying put in one lesson is asking too much of him--and of you. You will lose patience and he'll disappoint. Instead, teach him "Sit" in one exercise and later on graduate to "Stay."

Step 4:

Keep talking, the whole time. Your puppy enjoys your praise as well as your coaching and will stick with the exercises in part just for the attention. Make sure a lot of what you are saying is positive reinforcement for trying to learn.

Step 5:

Know whether to touch your puppy or keep hands off her. Puppies younger than 12 weeks crave touching, so make sure your lessons involve lots of contact. Dogs older than this respond better when the lesson is pretty much contact-free--except at the very end of the exercise, when a pat is part of the treat reward.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let your puppy learn to think for himself. Don't guide him too much during the puppy obedience training exercises. Allow him to get it right or fail on his own.
  • A puppy obedience training class might be worth looking into--or working with a certified dog trainer.
  • Never hit your dog. Physical discipline is not a good way to teach a puppy to behave and can have terrible consequences, including the pet becoming aggressive. Instead, say "No" when you need to respond to negative behavior. You can also block the puppy from persisting.

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Comments (5)
Jul 13, 2008 Emily S.
This is some great information that I will really take to mind when I am training future dogs. This is going to be really helpul for the new puppy in our family.
Jan 10, 2009 sallymae21
great might be training my moms friends dog soon!
Feb 23, 2009 hollyvtdog
Great info
Mar 18, 2009 trigger123456789
omg so0o0 far i am trying it and we are geting thair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!& #13; =)
Jun 9, 2013 bluedog6
wow this really works
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