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Training Your Puppy

puppiesYou added a new member to your family, a puppy. Training your puppy is a challenge that you and your puppy can overcome. Are you asking, where do I start?

For many years to come you will receive unconditional love from your furry friend. Puppies can be lots of fun, but you must teach your puppy what they should and should not do.

To keep a happy house, your puppy will need training so they can learn to fit into your family. Some people train their own puppies and others prefer to leave the training to professionals. Either way, training your puppy will be rewarding for both you and your puppy.


Alpha Dog Training

Dogs in the wild live and travel in packs. A pack of dogs can only have one leader, the pack leader. Without a pack leader, there will be havoc and disorder. The safety of the pack will be in jeopardy. You need to be the pack leader for your puppy. Below you will find some of the ways you can show your puppy that you are the pack leader.

  • Take your puppy for a walk
  • Feed your puppy twice a day
  • Take your puppy to obedience classes

These three things will show your puppy that you are in control. When you take your puppy for a walk, you are in control with the leash. You control your puppy’s food by feeding your puppy several times a day. You should eat first, then feed your puppy to reinforce the fact that you are the alpha dog. Dog obedience classes will help you gain control while teaching your puppy. It’s a winning situation for both of you.

Dogs naturally want to please their owners. It makes them happy. Teaching your puppy gives your puppy the opportunity to please you. When your puppy responds to your commands, your puppy is happy and you are a happy dog owner.


Be Consistent

puppiesWhen teaching your puppy commands, you must be consistent using the same words and tone of voice each time. Use simple words such as come and sit.

When your puppy responds correctly to your commands, give your puppy a small treat and praise them. Praise will go a long way in teaching your puppy. You will also be building mutual respect which will lead to a closer bond between the two of you. Keep your training sessions to about 15 minutes as puppies have a short attention span.


Socialize Your Puppy

Introduce your puppy to other animals, people, and different environments. Take your puppy to the pet store. There they will get to meet other animals and people in a retail store environment. Go to a dog park and expose your puppy to another environment with other animals and people.

Remember to be the alpha dog for your puppy. Attend obedience training classes with your puppy. Be consistent with command words and keep them simple. A well socialized puppy will be happier and will behave better for you.


What have you trained your puppy to do? Please feel free to share a story about your puppy or leave a comment below. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.

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  1. You know, we have brought a new puppy home (actually about 6 months ago) to also be a friend to our aging dog. What is amazing (to me at least) is that the new dog, Luke, tends to bite our other dog often. He probably thinks that it is just playing, but it annoys the other dog and it definitely annoys me!

    Have you seen this before? Is there anything that we can do?

    • Hi Richard. Your puppy, Luke, probably does consider it playing. Luke has lots of energy and wants to play often. Take Luke for long walks and tire him out or take him to a dog park to play with other dogs. He is less likely to display this behavior when he is tired. You can also try filling a Kong toy with peanut butter and freeze it. It will keep him busy, allowing him to chew and bite the toy. Always use a firm “No” when Luke displays inappropriate behavior and remove him from the situation if possible. I hope my suggestions will help with your situation. Stop back by and let me know if the suggestions worked. Alice

  2. Huh I didn’t know I was the Alpha dog!
    I trained Coconut when I took him to dog obedience classes and they never mentioned anything about me being the alpha. I guess that makes sense and here I thought it was my excellent training skills. LOL.
    I found that treats go a long way in helping train Coconut. And I also agree with you that being consistent and doing it everyday goes a long way too.

    • Alice

      June 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Yes, you are the alpha dog, but I suspect your training skills are excellent. You made a smart choice with dog obedience classes. Small treats are a great way to motivate your dog to obey along with being consistent everyday. I love your dog’s name, Coconut! Thanks for your comment and please visit again!

  3. Hi, Alice you make some great points I have a friend who has been struggling with their new little Jack Russell he’s a little bittie. Any tips on how to coach him away from that behaviour, I will definitely mention to them about being the alpha but if you have any other ideas I’d love to hear them.

    • Alice

      June 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Peter. Puppies love to bite and chew. Sometimes they are teething and chewing and biting makes their gums feel better. It is a common problem with puppies. When my dog was a puppy, she would bite me sometimes while playing. When she did bite, I would say “ouch” and stop playing. She didn’t like it when I said “ouch”. Don’t use a stern voice, use a higher pitch voice. Think about puppies playing and one of them bites another one too hard, you will hear a high pitched yelp.

      I would also offer safe toys for the puppy to chew and bite. Keep toys close by and when the puppy bites offer it a toy to bite on. The Kong type toys can be filled with treats or peanut butter. The puppy will have an adventure getting the treats out while satisfying it’s urge to bite and chew.

  4. Hello there!
    My brother owns a dog, a french bulldog in fact. They’re not known to be the best in learning stuff, but I guess it all comes down to how good of a trainer you are.
    I intend to get a dog sooner or later, but I have decided already that he’ll recieve a proper training.
    Is taking your puppy to obedience classes a “must” thing ? Or can you do it yourself ?

    • Alice

      August 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Taking your puppy to an obedience class is not a must, if you know how to train your puppy. You must be the “alpha dog” and show your puppy that you are the pack leader. Taking your puppy to obedience classes will be beneficial to you and your puppy. The trainer can teach you how to properly train your puppy and the socialization will be great for your puppy.

  5. Training Your Puppy

    What a great article. The proud owner of a new puppy really appreciates it.

    The Alpha really hit home to its importance which is tough sometimes because they are so cute. Consistency is so important to the life of puppy/dog.

    It is so easy to accept this information because it is presented so well. Great confidence received grasping the importance and accuracy of the information.

    Clearly you are a dog lover. What is your favorite breed?

    • Alice

      August 1, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Congratulations on being a new puppy owner! It is hard to be consistent and following through with the training. I’m glad you enjoyed the information and I hope it will help with your new puppy. My favorite dog breed is the Basset Hound. I have an 11 year old Basset Hound and I recently adopted a now 5 month old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. 

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