Isn’t it interesting how our puppies rarely come with a user manual? They are far more complex than our televisions after all.
If you want to get the most out of your new puppy then consider this “training manual” your friendly, helpful guide – I have done my best to be complete, concise, and cover all aspects of puppy parenting you probably should know about.
I recommend you bookmark this page as it will guide you through the coming weeks, from puppy training essentials, bringing your puppy into the family, and getting started with training them to be the beautifully behaved family member you want them to be!
Your New Puppy Training Manual
Don’t worry if this is your first puppy and you’re struggling to find your feet. In this section we’ll cover your first steps, such as dealing with sporadic toilet problems, chewing, and the benefits of puppy preschool!
- The Perfect Puppy – A beginners intro to puppy training and getting the basics right, as well as making them feel comfortable in your home.
- Puppy Training Essentials – A basic intro to commands such as “sit” and “come”, as well as your first attempts at getting your puppy to walk nicely on a lead.
- Why Puppy Preschool is Important – Preschool and early socialisation can set your puppy up for years to come, helping him build confidence and familiarity in his new world of humans and other pets.
- Chewing – The most annoying habit of a young pup, but also very natural. Here’s a guide to helping prevent unwanted chewing and teaching your dog what’s right and wrong.
- How to Train a Child Safe Dog – Whether you have kids or not, your puppy needs to learn how to react around children. These are the essentials to make sure your dog (and your children) know how to build a happy relationship.
A Dog in the Family
- Developing the Right Relationship – You hear all the jazz about training, but to build the best relationship with your awesome new puppy you must also consider the “why” – Why should your dog be motivated to do what you want, when you want?
- Recycled Love – These days many family dogs are adopted from shelters. If you’ve adopted a shelter dog or are considering it, then this is what you need to know.
- Boredom Busters – Most of us are unable to spend as much time as we would like with our dogs – leaving them not only bored and jobless but alone as well. These boredom busters will make sure your dog has the best time in his new home!
- Bring the Dog In – In Australia many dogs are kept outside, but as a “pack” animal they can benefit hugely from being an indoor dog!
- Latchkey Dogs – Most of us work, which can mean our dogs spend a lot of time home alone. These dogs are known as “latchkey dogs”, and this is what you need to know to make sure they are as happy as possible and don’t develop problem behaviours.
- Dog Parks – Pros & Cons – Social media groups are awash with complaints or incidents from the local dog park. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Here are some of the many points to consider when you take your pup to the local dog park.
Training Your Dog
- The Value of Training Your Dog – Many dog trainers go through the motions, but have you considered what value you’ll get from training your dog in various ways?
- The 10 Basic Dog Training Commands – Your Mission Begins! I’ve created this challenge (plus a handy checklist) to teach your dog the 10 essential commands from “sit” to “shake hands”.
- Training Dogs With Treats – Did you know many dog owners completely fail with treat training? These are the reasons why, and what you need to know for ultimate success!
- Top Six Problems Solved
- Controlled Walking – There are many ways to teach this important exercise.
- Command vs Cue – How to make sure your dog understands what you mean.
- Training a Reliable Come
- Say ‘No’ to ‘No’
- Whisper Schwisper – Using words as your main communication tool with your dog is very human but not very effective.