How to Teach Your Puppy Tricks in One Week

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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

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Whether you have a new puppy or you’re still considering adopting one, you’re probably already thinking about all the tricks you want to teach them. But you have to remind yourself that puppies are just like babies. They’re very playful and innocent and might take longer to pick up on things, which can make the training process a little bit frustrating and time-consuming. 
To have effective puppy training at home, you need to be patient and be aware that some puppies might take longer than others to learn. 
So let’s see some of the best puppy training tips every parent needs to know!

1. Make sure you both are in a good mood

Dogs are just like us humans, they can also be grumpy, mad, or simply feeling too lazy to do anything. This is why sometimes, you might find it difficult to get your dog’s attention or to teach them something.  To change this, there’s nothing like going for a morning walk with your puppy. The fresh air and the physical exercise will leave both of you feeling happy and energetic. It takes two to tango, and in this case, it takes you and your puppy in a good mood and full of energy to make the training session go smoothly.  Another way to improve your dog’s mood is by playing with them for a bit before getting down to business. Play for 20 minutes, let them rest for another 20, and then you can start your session!  Just don’t make the training session look too serious or boring. If you keep it light and fun, you will have better chances of your dog obeying and enjoying the training class!

2. Don’t forget the treats

Treats are the key ingredient for training your puppy or any other pet you might have. Everyone enjoys being rewarded for the things they have done, which means if your dog follows a direction or does a trick, you should immediately give them treats to encourage these types of behavior.  Let’s say your doggo sits on command, this is a reason to give him a couple of treats and a little pat on the back. Next time you say the word “sit,” your dog will most likely obey because he now knows that will get him treats! Some of the most famous puppy training treats are the wellness soft puppy bites, the blue bits Salmon Recipe, and the old mother Hubbard Crunchy Natural Treat. However, always consult with the vet about the best type of food for your dog. What can be great for one dog can be bad for others. 

3. Make a puppy training schedule

The best way to train a dog is to establish a routine for not only your dog but for yourself as well.  When the goal is to train or teach something to a puppy in a short amount of time, time balance and scheduled routines are key to dog training.  Just like everybody else, dogs tend to learn quicker and better when they have a certain daily routine that they start to get used to.  If you really want to teach your dog a trick by the end of the week, consider having at least 3 hours of training every single day. These hours can be split up during the day, which we advise so your dog can learn through repetition without getting bored. Try to incorporate one hour of training before every meal; before breakfast, before lunch, and before dinner. 

4. Find more information!

It’s always important to reach out for help whenever you have doubts or want to learn more about the doggy world. This is why you should talk to your friends about training tips and also reach out to professionals. From puppy training classes to puppy training books, there are lots of information sources that you can turn to when training your pup. Maybe one of your friends also has a dog and can provide some insight, or perhaps you can reach out to that old friend of yours who’s now a veterinarian! Or, go online and search “dog training near me,” and you will find what you’re looking for within seconds!

5. Time to learn new tricks!

Now that you’ve gathered all the knowledge about how a training class should look like, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to teach your new pup! There are many unique tricks to teach your dog, but we encourage you to work on those when your dog grows up. Puppies are not as capable of performing huge tricks because they’re only babies. We advise you to train them with the basics first. Sitting down, rolling over, barking on command, and staying put in one place are useful behaviors that you should encourage from the beginning.  The best way to teach a puppy is to be gentle and playful with them.  For the barking on command trick, show them a treat but don’t hand it over right away, make them ask for it by barking. When they do, or they almost do it, encourage this behavior, and give them some treats. Repeat this until they barks on your command!  Now that you’ve learned how to prepare your puppy for training, all that is left to do is start working on it every single day!  To have your dog learn something new in one week, you have to put the effort to give them all your attention during practice. However, do not overwhelm them! Puppies are smart and curious, but they can also be easily distracted or get in a bad mood.  Just follow these tips and you’ll see your pooch grow up to perform amazing dog tricks in the future!

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