In order to grow into an amenable, well mannered,
and obedient adult, a puppy needs to be taught how to be all of
these things. Training begins when you bring your puppy home,
usually at eight weeks of age - see the initial five-week training
plan opposite. Puppies are eager to please but keep training
sessions short so as not to overtax their bodies and brains.
Five Weeks Training Plan
Teach him to recognize and answer to his name
Begin socializing; accustom him to household sights and sounds -
television, washing machine, vacuum cleaner etc.
Handle puppy while he is eating
Commence collar and leash training
Let puppy meet people of all ages, sexes and appearances
Begin any behavioral training as necessary, such as toy play-biting
Introduce car travel, ensuring he’s properly secured in a
Avoid doing so after feeding, otherwise he may vomit.
After being fully vaccinated, begin taking him for short walks close
day and night, to accustom him to sights and sounds. Also start
Gradually extend car journeys - but never on warm days as
cars soon get
too hot for dogs
Begin basic training for obedience and manners in short
five-minute spells, as puppies have a limited attention span and
End sessions on a positive note, even if it means going back a step.