Teaching a Young Puppy the Training Basics

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: May 30, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with a three-month-old Wire haired Pointing Griffon named Sophie and a ten-year-old Brussels Griffon named Harley who needed help learning the basics like the sit command, stay command and the down command.

After I arrived I chatted with Harley and Sophie’s guardians to learn about their main puppy behavior and dog behavior concerns. I learned that they wanted to make sure that their whole family was on the same page about their puppy training by making sure that everyone was using the same command words. I taught Sophie how to lay down and came up with a few basic trainings tips for them in this video below.

As you can see in the video both dogs were already comfortable with the sit command. One dog training tip that I want to give to the guardians is to make sure that everyone is using the same command gesture. Dogs will typically learn the hand cue or gesture associated with a new behavior before they learn the command word. So making sure that the whole family knows both the command word and gesture will be important in helping the dogs respond will to everyone in the family.

By the end of the session Sophie and Harley were looking to their guardians for leadership and direction and learning the new command cues that we discussed. To keep up with this good behavior remember to be consistent in your training and make sure to give Sophie plenty of exercise and use our Petting with a Purpose technique to reward her for good behavior. We wrapped up this dog training session with Sophie and Harley’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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