Dog training is a necessity, and it especially helps if you do it when they are young. it is very important to teach puppy commands in their first year; it will form good habits that will come in handy with basic dog care, and keep the both of you out of trouble! Here are a few basic things every puppy should learn.
It seems that all people should know to teach their dogs to go to the bathroom outside, but it is equally important for you to teach them to alert you when they have to go. Unless you have a doggy door, you need to know when they have to go or you’ll end up with a soggy carpet, and that doesn’t smell so good.
Stop and Stay
Training your dog to stop and stay is very important when considering dangerous situations and manners around others. If your dog runs off when you open the door or if they get off their leash, you need to have the control of making them stop and stay. This also comes in handy when you have guests over and your puppy is pestering them.
Jumping may be adorable when they are puppies, but you don’t want your full grown dog jumping on children or elderly friends, so break the habit!
Let your puppy be friendly and be around other animals, but know when to limit them. It is fine to let your dog play with other kitties or dogs, but don’t let them start chasing, biting, or harassing the other animal. Don’t eliminate dog play, just watch over how your puppy acts around other dogs. Basically, teach them their limits of puppy socialization in order to be polite around others.
Many dogs mistakenly believe they are the alpha of the house and take over the space as their territory. This is a horrible thing to let your dogs do. Letting them think that they are in charge will make them lash out and become violent in situations that are not appropriate. If your dog starts growling at you as a puppy, it is a good idea to take them to a dog obedience class. One of my puppies used to growl, and a good way to show them that you are in charge is to simply flip them onto their back. We repeatedly flipped him on his back whenever he acted out, and now he is now the nicest family dog you could ask for! Doing this a few times will send the message that you’re the boss.