puppy training

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  1. KenyiGirl

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    how long would you wait to start the training of a new puppy? A day? 2? I feel that a puppy would be bewildered enough with coming to a new home with new people that perhaps it should be given a small amount of time to adjust before training begins... thoughts?

    Also, what do you start training first? I know most people will say potty training :p but aside from that, where do you start?
     
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    I start on day one with focusing on me while handing feeding their meals with a clicker. Then move to indoor restrained recalls at meals, walking and clicking for coming with me etc. Then I play recall games combined with focus games. It's amazing what and how fast they learn within the first couple of weeks, including sits, downs etc. I teach an off leash heel first, then its very easy to go to on leash.
    And I also work on tug, releases, being given permission to to tug and boundries when playing.
    Work on trades and my hands in their food bowl etc.
     
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    Same here. As Adojrts describes things, if it's all gentle and fun for the pup, there is no need to worry about stressing him out. If he's coming over to you like puppies do, you might as well give him a tiny tid bit of something yummy and give him whatever kind of affection he might like. There...you've just reinforced his coming over to you....the beginnings of the recall. If he happens to look at you on his own...or sit, immediately praise and/or treat him or play a game he likes. There you have it, the beginning of a long string or reinforcement you'll be adding to as he grows for sitting or making eye contact with you. And food bowl "exercises" are very important to start conditioning him right away.

    I do the same as Adojrts with off leash. I do most of my beginning training off leash.

    In the old days, they use to recommend waiting for a pup to be at least 6 months old before starting training. That's because the old, outdated methods (which unfortuantely still linger in some circles) were very serious, strict, harsh and unpleasant...too much for a puppy when they're so tender and young. But that does not apply to positive reinforcement training which doesn't need punishment or unpleasant, seriousness to teach.

    Did you just get a new pup or are you going to be getting a new pup? If so, congrats!
     
  4. KenyiGirl

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    Thanks for the replies.
    We're getting a new puppy, picking her up tomorrow! I'm so excited!
     
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    I agree with ado and Carrie.

    I also set up boundaries to prevent access where I don't want the pup to go by using doors and gates. If the dog never gets in the habit of being in such places it's a lot easier.

    Dogs are able to begin training at four weeks. There are a number of breeders who use that and train the pups before they're sold.

    And be sure to post pics of your pup!! :D
     
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    Lizzie had two clicker sessions with me before she left her breeders (I went over at 5.5 and 6.5 weeks and picked her up at 7.5 weeks, and her first 'real' training session at home the same day I picked her up. :p) She likes to train better than she likes almost anything else, so I don't think it warped her or anything. :p

    EVERYTHING is a learning experience first. Having rules and boundaries in place makes it MUCH easier, because it means that you never have to UNTRAIN bad habits- you can train the good ones first!
     

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