Final Notes

A Word on Teaching a Puppy to Stay

Because of the puppy’s short attention span, stay is not something that merits a lot of effort at this point. Just like the word come and the word no, the word stay is often overused and under taught and quickly loses any meaning to the pup.

If you start to teach stay at a very early age, keep the length of time you ask the pup to stay very brief, 10-15 seconds to start. Build the time gradually. Be very sure that you ‘reward’ the puppy with a treat as he holds his stay and also be sure that if the puppy breaks the stay, you put him back in the spot that he broke from and have him stay for a shorter period next time around.

A Final Note on Obedience Training

We have included some sure-fire ways to get you started with your puppy’s basic obedience. However, it is important to know that nothing beats enrolling in a well-run puppy class. The absolute most important reason for this is that your dog needs puppy-to-puppy contact during this period of his development (see Your Puppy’s Development). The safest place for your puppy to get this kind of socializing is at a puppy socialization class. The environment is safe and sanitary and all the puppies have been screened to ensure they are healthy.

We have given you the basics, but there is a real advantage to working with a good coach or trainer. Look for someone who is progressive, fun, and effective (see Traits to Look for in a Puppy Trainer).

Puppy class is a wonderful opportunity for you to work with your pup in a public environment and for your dog to have the opportunity to interact with other puppies and people. Under no circumstances should you wait until the pup is older to start with the obedience training.

Recipe for Success

Repeat these exercises often.
Once your puppy is comfortable and fluid at home and in the yard, take the show on the road and practice in public situations.
Take baby steps when training your puppy.
Remember to use the treats correctly.
Release often with games, enthusiasm, and fun.
Be consistent.