Week 1 of Puppy Training

There are many reasons to train a puppy early. Above all, it keeps them healthy. Begin your Week 1 of Puppy Training with a mixture of the five areas of importance The most time sensitive puppy work is listed first, try and work on those first. Don’t be too stressed if you don’t do things in order. That is to say, it’s good to mix things up. Just don’t lose sight of what’s important.

STEP-BY-STEP PUPPY PLAN Week 1 of Puppy Training

Socialization is the process of developing positive relationships with other people and animals. Preparing the puppy to be comfortable in the world he must navigate. 

Socialization

Learn the significance of the 16 week window of opportunity when puppy trainingSee Development Poster, Birth-16 weeks
Begin the Socialization processGo to: Socialization, Page 1
Understand the right way to socializeGo to: Socialization, “Seven Steps to Socialization”
Meet, Greet and TreatGo to: Prevention, “Meet, Greet and Treat”
Learn how to troubleshootGo to: Socialization “Tip: If Your Puppy is Frightened” & A Social Schedule
Week 1 of Puppy Training

There are behaviors that dogs will do naturally that can cause problems. They may be preventable if you spend the time to teach your pup a safer alternative.

Prevention

Understand the importance of developing a Soft MouthGo to: How Dogs Learn, “Soft Mouth”
Learn about Food Bowl Safety (and Hand Feeding)Go to: Prevention, “Food Bowl and Hand Feeding Exercises”
Read up on Resource GuardingGo to: Prevention, “Trade You”
Flying Solo (puppy needs alone time)Go to: Prevention, “Flying Solo”
Week 1 of Puppy Training

Playing games with our dogs is essential and responsible. You might think, “They are games, how important can they be?” Think of them as enrichment for your new family member. Games contribute to your pup’s mental and physical well being. Dogs love to play. Games provide the opportunity for species-specific behaviors such as stalking, chasing and foraging. 

Games

Take it, Leave itGo to: Games, “Take It, Leave It”
Why are Toys so important?
– the best options
– storage of toys
Go to: Getting Started, “Toys” & Games, “You Control the Games…”
Learn Hide and Go Seek/Find it! GamesGo to: Games, “Hide & Go Seek and Its Variations”
Play Chase MeWatch: Youtube of how to play Chase Me
Week 1 of Puppy Training

Nothing beats early education. It is like working on a fresh unpainted canvas. The rewards of teaching a dog while she is still a puppy last the lifetime of the dog!

A dog’s life is enhanced when we take the time to teach them life skills. We are giving our dogs the skills they need in order to live with us harmoniously.

Life Skills

Learn how to use the Release cueGo to: Life Skills, “The Release”
Learn how to lure: Sit, Down and Stand sequenceGo to: Life Skills, “Sit, Down, & Stand”
Week 1 of Puppy Training

Much of what is natural for a dog clashes with our human way of life. The greater population would not accept someone chewing on the leg of the dining room table or through an electrical cord.We would not be too pleased if someone pooped in our living room or ran wildly over the furniture. We would be horrified and distressed if one of our family members was doing this. Yet these are natural behaviors of a dog. House Training can help calm these issues and get you on the right track.

House Training

100% Management of time Go to: House Training, “Daily Routine — Why Structure is Importantand How Dogs Learn, “100% Management”
Crate trainingGo to: House Training, Crate Training Page
Put Bathroom on cueGo to: House Training, “Bathroom on Cue”

Congratulations, you’re just completed your Week 1 Puppy Training! Keep up the great work!! Click here to carry on to Week 2 of training your puppy.

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