Puppy Training – Commands
Teaching your puppy new commands is fun but can also sometimes be frustrating for both of you. Your puppy will be keen to please you and therefore annoyed if she can’t understand what you want her to do.
Puppies that are food motivated are easier to train. Pip, our eating machine, will do anything for a tasty treat so we have no problem in that department.
Don’t believe what you read on the internet when someone says a particular command is ‘easy’ or ‘hard’ to teach. This will depend on you and the puppy and to some extent the luck of her spontaneously displaying the behaviour you want or quickly understanding in the training session.
We found short training sessions of 5 minutes or so worked well. If it got frustrating this was usually down to human error and Pip was more exasperated than us. In this case we returned to practice commands she was good at to end the session on a positive note.
All of the training is based on rewarding the puppy for the correct behaviour based on the book The Perfect Puppy. We taught Pip to respond to a clicker and target to aid some of the training but only used these from time to time.
This is a list of commands with approximate age Pip started learning and the age she could do them reasonably reliably. We are very grateful that training was started by our breeder before she came home. Links are included where we have a post about how we did!
|Command||Training Started||Puppy Competent|
|Sit (to be picked up)||Breeder||In progress (human failure)|
|Whistle Feeding||Breeder||7 weeks|
|Down||7 weeks||8 weeks|
|Go Wee||7 weeks||In progress|
|Go Poo||7 weeks||In progress|
|Five (give me five)||7 weeks||8 weeks|
|Ten (give me ten)||7 weeks||8 weeks|
|Go Home (Into crate)||7 weeks||9 weeks|
|Stand||8 weeks||In progress (human failure)|
|Jump (Over a small hurdle)||8 weeks||8 weeks|
|Roll (over)||8 weeks||In progress|
|Tall (stand on back legs)||8 weeks||8 weeks|
|Tunnel(run through one)||9 weeks||9 weeks|
|Spin||9 weeks||In progress|
|No (Don’t do that)||10 weeks||In progress|