Basic Puppy Training
It is important to start training your puppy from the first day you got him. Puppy is very similar to a baby as he is going through set periods of psychological and physical development. More advanced training of puppies should only start at around six months of age. Prior to this it is important to lay down the foundation between the owner and the puppy. The stronger the bond made during this time, the easier it will be to train the dog when he grows up. Before advanced training can begin a puppy should be able to come recognize his name, walk on lead, able to come by command and know “off” command. Try to teach a puppy like it’s a game, so he doesn’t get bored and is interested in training.
Puppy Behavior from birth to around 1.5 months of age:
When a puppy is born it already possesses senses of smell and taste. After about 2 weeks, other sensory organs are turned on, sight and hearing. Starting from 2 to 3 weeks a puppy will develop passive-defensive reactions. At this point you have to understand that if a puppy is trembling or dropping to your legs under a loud noise, it is correct behavior and puppy’s reaction to unknown. At age of around 1.5 months a puppy still has very hard time distinguishing between faces and its surroundings thus it is a good idea to buy a puppy around this age.
Puppy behavior from 1.5 to 4 months of age:
Starting from around 1.5 months of age reactions of the puppy will acquire more complex adventurous form, he will want to learn about his surroundings. Puppies of all breeds at this age act about the same. They are playful, adventurous and sweet. In this period of life it is the easiest to teach a puppy all kinds of positive knowledge. In this age period the puppy should be thought to recognize its name.
At age of 1.5 months a puppy should be thought commands “Come”, “Stay”, “Go play”. Starting at around 2.5 months, puppy should be thought commands “Off”, “Sit”, “Down”.
It is important to note that starting training before these times can harm still under developed nervous system of the puppy.A new installment of the series covering puppies of 4 months and older, as well as important basics of training will be added next week!
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