We are about to tackle this house training thing again due to some great advice. When is the best time to start training him on commands, such as sit or down? Will he get confused if he is having to learn all these new tasks? Should you use special treats for going potty and different treats for other things?
From what I read, teaching them when they are younger is okay. We started sit, down, and come commands when our boy was about 9 weeks old. It did not seem to interfere with his housetraining. I use the same treats for both training methods. Not sure if anyone else will agree, but I also read that you don't want to use treats that would take a long time for them to chew up. By the time they are done with the treat, they forget why they got one in the first place. We like the little liver treats. Good luck, I'm sure everything will be fine. It just takes a lot of patience, as I have learned in the past few months:)
I don't think it's too much for them. I'd be sure to keep training sessions short though. They don't have the longest attention spans :) Training treats will be your ally. I used them when she went outside and for commands.
If you have a high energy dog I definitely recommend starting ASAP. We took Everest to his first obedience class at 12 wks (with all of the appropriate shots of course). Let me tell you, you can do anything with that dog now! Nothing fazes him, exept maybe the band and horses at parades which is perplexing because we had horses when he was a pup. He should know what they are. He used to love playing with one horse in particular. Maybe something happened we don't know about : (
I don't think it interfered with his potty training at all. He got a handle on it pretty quickly.
I swear by using Pupperoni sticks (in the red pouch bag). I cut them up into little bite sized pieces so they don't take long to eat but are GOOOOD! I keep them in the fridge in a ziplock b/c our cats sniff them out and I come out in the morning to bits of ziplock and a stray treats all over the kitchen! LOL! Hope this helps!
I agree, treats won't hurt them, but keep the pieces small. The reason I use a "special" one for potty is that we were given a bag of dog treats Paul Newman brand that was a welcome to the neighborhood present for Rocky. I just happened to open them the first time he pooped outside and the rest is history. They come in at least 3 sizes I have the medium chicken ones. and they are easily broken.
I think you will be very successful and I certainly don't think your dog is too young to be trained for other things, but as others have said, puppies do have a very short attention span. Think very small child.
Rocky sits and stays, but doesn't come unless he feels like it. I am going to try working with him again to see if I can get the come part down. I may end up registering and going to classes at PetSmart. I would like him to heel as well.
Best of luck to you, Keep us up on his progress it helps us all.
be careful you don't give your puppy to many treats, this can be bad for his health, dog treats aren't healthy. You may want to use dental treats like greenies or whatever because these will help prevent tarter built up and keep your pups teeth whiter. When my dog was a puppy we taught her a lot of tricks when she was younger, we taught her how to pop and pee on command, sit, stay, come, rollover,shake, go swim and more. Dogs don't normally get confused with being taught new tricks, it's just like teaching your toddler how to talk, they don't necessarily get confused with the words, and dogs don't really get confused with the tricks. Teaching the dogs lots of tricks all in a day may be frustrating to them so try one new trick every two days and keep practicing the newly learned tricks. My dog is 6 and i still am teaching her tricks, she probably knows at least 30 tricks, don't be afraid to expand your dogs mind and teach them new things :) Good luck!
Leo, please let me know how you like the classes at Pet Smart. The school has classes but not till Mid June and I really don't want to wait. I am going to try the come thing tonight with tiny pieces of treats to see if I can get it to happen. The heel I am not sure how to do so I still think we will take classes.
I have been using the liver treats everytime he goes out to pooty. I keep 2 in my hand. If he does both he gets both! Just started it today and he does better pooping under supervision! He jumps up a lot, so I would like him to learn "down" first. He knocks my 2 year old over. He bites a lot due to teething. So "No Bite" seems like a pretty good command also!!
NO bite, works wonders for us as well. I had to remind hubby, he had a tendency to say no no no no and I think that confuses him. No bite, really works and distracting him with something at the same time, ususally a Knot seems to work when done at the same time.
He difinetly knows the difference between NO and NO BITE. Of course your tone of voice has a lot to do with it as well.
God bless the "no bite" command, lol. That one also works wonders for us! Normap, I think we will be starting late April or early May. I hate to put it off, but I'd like to wait until my final exams are finished. Then I have my full attention focused on it. He will be starting the puppy classes first, then we will move on to the beginner and intermediate training. It is very convenient to go to Petsmart b/c it is only about 5 minutes away. Hopefully it is worth it.
Leo, My brother has a gorgeous yellow lab, Shadow, and when he first got him he took him to Petsmart for classes and still raves about it. He has had other dogs and other training and says this is the best. PetSmart not close to me, but their rep is so good I feel confident it will work. Plus they tell me they have a rating system. If they think your dog is to advanced for puppy they will tell you and its free for the evaluation. You may be able to start him on intermediate.. Norma
I wanted to comment on Petsmart's classes. Pebbles just completed her beginning training last Saturday. Overall, I'm satisfied. I appreciated the socialization in a controlled environment and it was enjoyable going through different stages with other new owners. A lot of things can be taught at home, but for me the structure helped a ton! Each week we worked on something new, and we'd review at the beginning of each class. The classes were an hour long, but my instructor often ran over if she felt more attention was needed; I definitely appreciated that. I plan on signing her up for click a trick class and following up with advanced obedience. I know there are other schools in my area that are training specific, but I have confidence in Petsmart...for now anyway :)
Thanks Pebbles, that re inforces exactly what I have been told. I like the people at ours as well, just wish it were closer. It will be me not hubby, he works almost every Sat. morn. He is semi retired so he takes what he can get. Once Rocky is fully trained he should be able to give the same commands. My daughter just whistles through his fingers and her black lab comes a runnin, I can't whistle, so I am stuck with "Come", "stay" etc = )
Pebbles won't be able to go to another class until June, so I'm still pretending like we're in school, lol. We're going on vacation for two weeks in May and I'd hate to enroll her in one only to have her miss a couple of weeks. So, hopefully she'll enjoy the little break and come back ready to learn some more.
"Come" is still a work in progress. I'll let her in our back area (we aren't allowed to have fences) to run around and then hit her with "come". She'll do it most days, especially knowing I have treats. If it's a trash day, she isn't reliable at all. I'm still trying to figure out how to keep her attention with my treats while she's on the hunt for stray trash.
Mac is going to Petsmart Puppy classes right now. We have been to 3 classes so far and are very satified. He is doing well. He is 5 1/2 months old. The puppy classes and beginners classes are the same. The only difference is the age of the puppies. (puppy class 10 weeks to 5 months - beginners 6 months to a year) No bite doesn't work so well for us. Last week we learned leave it and that is working better. We had a choice of trainers. We watch each one of them before signing Mac up so we were able to get the trainer we liked the best. Mac is a papillon and one of the trainers told us he didn't really like training small dogs so we knew we didn't want to go to his classes, but we're very happy with the trainer we picked and Mac likes her too.