Training Puppies


Puppy training is important for instilling good habits throughout a dog’s life.

Bringing a new puppy into your home is terrific. You’ve got a great new friend that you will start to build a great relationship with. But you might be surprised to learn that having a puppy also means you can get a good head start with the training as well.

Training puppies at a young age is recommended for one important reason, and that is puppies love to please us, and they love to do things to earn our approval. If at a young age you can strengthen that impulse in the dog, you really set yourself up early on for a great positive and fun working relationship as you to train your dog.

Joel Silverman’s Hybrid Method and What Color Is Your Dog?® both emphasize building a positive relationship prior to dog training and catering your dog’s training to his unique personality.

It is essential when you go to train your puppy that training ALWAYS remains something fun and enjoyable that the puppy constantly looks forward to. This is achieved by simply building the bond and trust early on. By building the positive relationship, finding out the things the puppy likes, spending time with the puppy, and simply playing with the puppy, you get the puppy in a place where he wants to be around you. This is what builds that valuable loving relationship.

As the relationship begins to flourish and you have experimented with a few different types of treats, you can now begin to train the puppy. Remember that by using treats as a way of guiding the puppy you can train many simple behaviors in a fun way for the puppy.

A great way to start is by using some elevated area to train the puppy on. The area should be low enough that he can jump on very easily, anywhere from 2” to 8” high. Using elevated areas gives the puppy an initial boundary. An elevated area is also a “defined place,” and it provides a natural sort of barrier when we’re later teaching the puppy to STAY.

Simply guide the puppy with a treat onto this elevated area, and reward him once he hops up there. Once the puppy associates the elevated area with the treat, the next step is to immediately tell him to “STAY” by holding your right hand in the air with your palm out like you are giving someone the “stop” sign, still kneeling right next to the puppy. At this point it does not matter whether the puppy is sitting, standing, or lying down. The only thing that matters is that the puppy is staying on the elevated area. If the puppy jumps off, don’t say “no”. Instead, just guide him back onto the elevated area and reward him.

Keep at it! Puppies take persistence, but you will be amply rewarded by your dog’s years of companionship and good behavior. Your pup will likely surprise you at how quickly he picks up these basics.