Puppy Training the First Month at Home

To train your puppy correctly, you have to be aware of what you need to do and when you should do it. The following is a curriculum you might want to follow during your first month with your puppy.

Puppy Training

 Week One

You’ll bring your puppy home when he is around eight weeks old. This week, you should be sure that he sees a vet for a check up. His stool will be checked for worms and preventive shots may be given. Start teaching him name from the first day. Establish and set up the area that he will eat in as well as where he will sleep – perhaps in a crate. Start working on housebreaking and also leash and collar puppy training. Observe your puppy when he is playing alone to learn his personality and style. Play with him enthusiastically but gently with no roughhousing. When you feed him, give him treats or toys, and as you’re walking him out the door say “OK”.

Week two

As you’re playing with him slowly add simple words and phrases into your games. If he’s retrieving, tell him “take it” as you’re throwing the object. Give him praise when he brings it back. When he drops the object say “out” and give more praise. Keep saying “OK” during feedings, going out, playing, observing, and leash puppy training.

Week Three 

This is when you want to start gently correcting him for nipping and for chewing on cords, shoes and furniture. Give him a toy on which to chew. Walk him on his leash daily even if he is staying in the house. Use eye contact with him. “Watch me” should be said to bring his attention to the eyes. When he looks at you give him praise. This will teach your puppy that his direction comes from you. Try tying his leash to the belt you’re wearing and have him follow you around everywhere you go for a few minutes and work up to one hour as it gets easier. This helps the two of you bond and helps in the puppy training.

Begin teaching him table manners. Start with “OK” and “No” for food. Also start using “Sit” and “Stay”, working for no longer than five minutes per session this week. If you spend a lot of time at home, be sure to leave your puppy for small periods of time so that he can get used to being by himself. Correct him for stealing food and objects he may find, but remember the best correction is prevention. Take the time to also correct unnecessary whining and barking.

Week Four

Continue your puppy training and add time to practice walking with his leash properly. Keep practicing “No” and “OK” with his food two times a week. Let him explore his new home under your supervision both on and off his leash. Start the “Down stay” and “Come” puppy training. Work with him for fifteen minutes per session. When he goes out you can start working on “Heel” but be gentle. Get him adjusted to things like baths, brushing, and clipping his nails.


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