3 Essential Commands to Teach Your Puppy

September 18, 2017

Getting a new puppy is very exciting. Although, the first thing you might want to do is play and cuddle with your new fur-baby, it’s never too early to begin teaching your puppy basic commands.

 

Here are a few tips to help you teach your puppy a few commands:

Sit

  • Hold a treat close to your puppy’s nose and allow your puppy to smell it.
  • Say, “Sit,” and slowly move your hand upwards.
  • As your puppy’s head comes up, their hips will go down.
  • Once your puppy has sat, give your best friend a treat and a lot of praise.
  • Practice a few more times, then stop and practice another day.

On the next training session, follow the same steps. However, this time delay the treat a few more seconds and then give one to your puppy with a lot of praise. This will cause your fur-baby to hold still for a longer time, and make the next training sessions easier.

 

Stay

  • Tell your puppy to sit with a treat in your hand.
  • Reward your puppy with a treat.
  • Open your now-empty hand with the palm towards your puppy.
  • Say, “Stay,” but do not step away. (Do not say, “stay,” with a happy tone of voice used for praise)
  • Wait ten second before rewarding you puppy with a treat and praise.
  • Practice a few more time, then stop and practice another day.

On the next training session, repeat step 1 through 4 but step away, wait ten seconds, and then move back towards your puppy.

 

Lay Down

  • Hold a treat close to your puppy’s nose.
  • Say, “Lay down,” then slowly lower your hand to the floor as your puppy follows.
  • Move the treat towards your puppy.
  • Once your puppy lays down completely, give your fur-baby a treat and a lot of love.

 

After each training session, you should play with your puppy and rub their tummy. Remember to keep training sessions short, sweet and positive!