What is the first thing you should teach your puppy?

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Many new dog owners are unsure of what the first thing they should teach their puppy.

There are a lot of things that can be taught, but some things are more important than others.

In this blog post, we will discuss the four most important things you should teach your puppy.

The most important thing for your new puppy to learn first is his name. This is the first point in training and will help you to get his attention for future training when he is older. By knowing his name you can call him to you and give him some attention, which is always enjoyable for a puppy.

How do you teach a puppy his name?

There are a few different ways that you can teach your puppy his name.

The most common method is to simply say his name frequently when you are around him, and especially when you are giving him attention.

Another way to help your puppy learn his name is to use it in positive situations, such as during playtime or when he is being fed.

This will help him to associate his name with good things and make it more likely that he will respond when you call him.

It is also a good idea to use your puppy’s name when giving commands, as this will help him to understand that you are talking to him specifically.

For example, you might say his name before asking him to sit or come to you.

Once your puppy knows his name, you can start teaching him other things.

What is the first thing you should teach your puppy?
Your puppy needs to know his name before anything else

Housetraining

One of the most important things for puppies to learn is that they need to go outside to relieve themselves.

This may seem like a difficult task at first, but it is actually quite easy to housetrain a puppy if you are consistent and have patience.

The first step is to take your puppy outside frequently, preferably after every meal or nap. This will help him to learn that this is the place where he should go to the bathroom.

When you are outside with your puppy, be sure to give him plenty of time to do his business. If he doesn’t go within a few minutes, simply bring him back inside and try again later.

It is important to praise your puppy when he does go to the bathroom outside. This will help him to understand that he is doing the right thing.

You can give him a treat, pet him, or simply say “good boy!” in a happy voice.

If your puppy has an accident inside the house, it is important not to punish him. This will only make him afraid of you and more likely to have accidents in the future.

Simply clean up the mess and try to take him outside more frequently.

My article on housetraining will help you with this.

Your puppy needs to come when called

One of the most important commands for a puppy to learn is “come.” This will help you to keep him safe and under control when he is outside.

The best way to teach your puppy this command is with positive reinforcement.

The best way, that I have learned over the years, is to use an edible reward to give to the puppy when he comes to you.

Call him by name and, if you need to get his attention by crouching down and making those puppy type noises that so many people make.

Your pup will probably come bounding up to you ( unless he is preoccupied with something super interesting – such as raiding the bin for example).

As soon as he gets to you, give him his treat and make a massive fuss of him, telling him that he is a good dog etc etc.

Try this in different places in the house, garden and, eventually when out for a walk.

With some time and consistency your pup will come back everytime and you’ll be able to progress to whistling him back.

If you want to get your dog to come back to the whistle then take a look at this article that I’ve written that tells you how to do this.

Sitting down

This is another key command for a puppy to learn.

The best and most successful way of teaching this to a puppy is at mealtimes.

This is really easy to do and I’ve written a great article here that takes you through the process.

Final Words

These are just a few of the things that you can teach your puppy.

With time, patience, and consistency, you will be able to teach him anything that you want.

Soon he will be a well-trained dog that is a joy to be around.

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