Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dog Training Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-27-2008, 08:24 PM
KenyiGirl's Avatar
KenyiGirl KenyiGirl is offline
Navy Sister
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,735
Default puppy training

how long would you wait to start the training of a new puppy? A day? 2? I feel that a puppy would be bewildered enough with coming to a new home with new people that perhaps it should be given a small amount of time to adjust before training begins... thoughts?

Also, what do you start training first? I know most people will say potty training but aside from that, where do you start?
__________________
Once our eyes are opened,
we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls,
knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-27-2008, 08:42 PM
adojrts's Avatar
adojrts adojrts is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,089
Default

I start on day one with focusing on me while handing feeding their meals with a clicker. Then move to indoor restrained recalls at meals, walking and clicking for coming with me etc. Then I play recall games combined with focus games. It's amazing what and how fast they learn within the first couple of weeks, including sits, downs etc. I teach an off leash heel first, then its very easy to go to on leash.
And I also work on tug, releases, being given permission to to tug and boundries when playing.
Work on trades and my hands in their food bowl etc.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-27-2008, 09:55 PM
Doberluv's Avatar
Doberluv Doberluv is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: western Wa
Posts: 21,912
Default

Same here. As Adojrts describes things, if it's all gentle and fun for the pup, there is no need to worry about stressing him out. If he's coming over to you like puppies do, you might as well give him a tiny tid bit of something yummy and give him whatever kind of affection he might like. There...you've just reinforced his coming over to you....the beginnings of the recall. If he happens to look at you on his own...or sit, immediately praise and/or treat him or play a game he likes. There you have it, the beginning of a long string or reinforcement you'll be adding to as he grows for sitting or making eye contact with you. And food bowl "exercises" are very important to start conditioning him right away.

I do the same as Adojrts with off leash. I do most of my beginning training off leash.

In the old days, they use to recommend waiting for a pup to be at least 6 months old before starting training. That's because the old, outdated methods (which unfortuantely still linger in some circles) were very serious, strict, harsh and unpleasant...too much for a puppy when they're so tender and young. But that does not apply to positive reinforcement training which doesn't need punishment or unpleasant, seriousness to teach.

Did you just get a new pup or are you going to be getting a new pup? If so, congrats!
__________________
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams 1776





"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Thomas Jefferson
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-27-2008, 10:55 PM
KenyiGirl's Avatar
KenyiGirl KenyiGirl is offline
Navy Sister
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,735
Default

Thanks for the replies.
We're getting a new puppy, picking her up tomorrow! I'm so excited!
__________________
Once our eyes are opened,
we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls,
knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-29-2008, 09:55 AM
corgipower's Avatar
corgipower corgipower is offline
Tweleve Enthusiest
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: here
Posts: 8,233
Default

I agree with ado and Carrie.

I also set up boundaries to prevent access where I don't want the pup to go by using doors and gates. If the dog never gets in the habit of being in such places it's a lot easier.

Dogs are able to begin training at four weeks. There are a number of breeders who use that and train the pups before they're sold.

And be sure to post pics of your pup!!
__________________
The slayer of all things happy since 2010
Kibble feeder since 1973

Extreme owner of four herding dogs

puzzles, poetry and so much more ~ Doggy Puzzles created by me
sleep!!!
My dog Votes!
proud member of the MUMS 2009 7th place team CISRA 2009 1st place team SUMS 2009 2nd place team
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-29-2008, 03:44 PM
DogstarAcademy DogstarAcademy is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 504
Default

Lizzie had two clicker sessions with me before she left her breeders (I went over at 5.5 and 6.5 weeks and picked her up at 7.5 weeks, and her first 'real' training session at home the same day I picked her up. :P) She likes to train better than she likes almost anything else, so I don't think it warped her or anything. :P

EVERYTHING is a learning experience first. Having rules and boundaries in place makes it MUCH easier, because it means that you never have to UNTRAIN bad habits- you can train the good ones first!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:09 AM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site