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We've laid in a good foundation for learning with the puppies, and now they're ready to learn some more practical behaviors. It's important that you set reasonable expectations for early training of your puppy. When we're teaching children, we don't expect them to learn adult behaviors. Every ballet dancer began as a small child learning basic dance steps. Similarly, your puppy needs to start with simple foundation behaviors before he can learn advanced ones. In my book, When Pigs Fly, I give step by step instructions for training your dog to fluency in all basic behaviors. And I encourage you to follow through with training using my book. But for now, we're going to present appropriate training goals for your puppy under 12 weeks old. We recommend starting puppies under 12 weeks of age with an introduction to these four key skills-- recall, walking on leash, sit to ask for things or manding, and crate training. It may seem overly ambitious to train little puppies to do these behaviors, but there are huge benefits to starting formal training before the puppy is 12 weeks old. First, a puppy that has these skills is much more likely to get out in the world and have a rich socialization experience. Second, if these skills are taught using rewards before the puppy is 12 weeks old, your training relationship will imprint on the puppy. As an adult, he'll have a cultural understanding that training is a good thing, and he'll seek out opportunities to work with you. Third, it's just darn easy and efficient to teach tiny puppies. They're hungry and socially motivated, and you get a lot of bang for your buck in terms of time spent training. It usually only takes one or two sessions to teach basic behaviors. Good girl. Nice job, Betty. Trainers who use compulsion and corrections will recommend waiting until the puppy is much older to start training, because they use physical aversives. Give them a little pop on the leash. Little pop, pop. That's it. Small puppies are not physically or mentally capable of withstanding that kind of treatment. The beauty of the way that we train is you never have to worry about starting too early or asking too much, because the puppy tells you what he can do. And all you have to do is listen to him. If he's offering to do it, he's ready to learn it.

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Posted by: norabean on Apr 2, 2018

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