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Dog Training Survival Guide
Dog Training Survival Guide

Training your puppy early is one of the most important things you can do for your them.  As a puppy owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your puppy will be able to thrive in the dog and human world.

Not only does it help you build a strong relationship with your puppy, but it also sets them up for success in their adult years.

Understanding the benefits of early puppy training and why it’s crucial for your puppy’s well being and will give you piece of mind that will benefit you both.


Training your puppy early helps with puppy socialization, which is critical for their emotional and mental health.

Socialization is the process of exposing your puppy to different people, animals, and environments so they can learn how to interact with the world around them.

Exposing your puppy to new situations as soon as you can will help them learn that new things are not a bad thing as well as give them a chance to get use to it.

Believing that if your puppy sees something once and things go well then you are good to go, but socialization is an ongoing process you need to do everyday.

When properly socialized, your puppy will be more comfortable and confident in new situations, reducing the risk of anxiety and fear-based behaviors later in life. 

It can be easy to add a little new experience for your puppy everyday. Socialization opportunities for your puppy can happen in your house, in the car, on a walk, are just examples of how you can help you and your puppy.

In addition, socialization can help your puppy get use to your lifestyle. Think of things that you do that are not a big deal. Maybe you ride a motorcycle but your puppy could be scared of it.

This is another thing to take into consideration on your puppy socialization journey. Having a socialization checklist could be very helpful to guide you to things you may not realize your puppy needs to be around.

Remember socialization is a continuous process not to be finished by a certain day should lessen the pressure to complete it.

Finally, pay attention to how your puppy responds to things to know if he/she is scared and needs things to go slower with socialization which is not a bad thing.

2. Communication

Early puppy training also helps you communicate with your puppy effectively. When you teach your puppy commands or cues like “sit,” “stay,” and “come,” you are establishing a common language between you and your puppy.

Working on one cue at a time with your puppy and making sure the behavior you want is actually happening every time is key.

Rushing the training or trying to do to many cues at the same time will confuse your puppy. Your puppy wants to do the right things, but just does not know them yet.

Also, if you do not have enough time or have a busy schedule, then trying to work on training a sit might not go the way you hoped.

Choose times when you are not rushed and can work on that communication through training and make progress with your puppy.

Communicating with your puppy takes time and patience to lead to the behaviors you want to see from them.

With clear communication, you can prevent unwanted behaviors and establish boundaries that keep your puppy safe.

The last thing you want is for your puppy to become confused and end up with a potential power struggle within the household. 

Puppy training Tip Repeating down, multiple times for example, is going to confuse your puppy. Instead work on getting the behavior of a down first before you name it and day it once.

3. Bonding

Training your puppy early is a great way to build a strong bond between you and your puppy. When you teach your puppy, you create positive experiences that they will associate with you.

Using positive reinforcement as well as understanding how your puppy thinks can strengthen that bond.

Meal times to work on training, playtime together, as well as walks (if your puppy is old enough) are some examples of ways to build that bond.

Your daily routine with your puppy gives you another way to build that relationship and in return the bond, because you are getting to learn about one another and what works and does not work with your puppy.

Another experience you may have in the evening with your puppy are the zoomies. That burst of energy and running around in circles and it seems to come from no where are the zoomies. It seems like it will never end, but it will.

This will give you another way to bond with your puppy as part of building a bond with your puppy is to meet he/she where they are.

Observing the zoomies and figuring out what is best to do, like not saying “No” but figuring out how to have a place that is safe for your puppy to do them and avoid destruction in your house.

This is something that you will learn by watching your puppy and seeing what works and does not and that will help make your bond more enjoyable together.

Another simple and less active way to bond with your puppy is touching those ears, paws, and the whole body and make it a great and normal part of your routine and not a big deal.

This helps to build trust, respect, and affection between you and your puppy. A strong bond with your puppy can improve their behavior, reduce anxiety, and make them happier and healthier overall.

4. Better Behaved

Training your puppy early leads to better behavior in their adult years. Nothing is worse than dealing with an adult dog who has adopted frustrating and unacceptable habits because they weren’t taught the right skills when they were a puppy.

When your puppy is taught basic commands and manners early on, they are less likely to develop bad habits later in life.

Working on helping your puppy get use to the human world as well as the dog world will help you both in the end.

Don’t feel like you have to train your puppy alone. If you are a local to Davis, California then you can reach out to Dog Training Survival Guide for professional puppy training. I can give you the support and training to make puppyhood easier for you both.

If you are not a local then I have another option that could be very helpful for puppy parents. I am creating a membership to give unlimited access to a community online as a puppy parent by getting on the wait list for Puppy Parent HQ Membership.

Taking action with dog training locally or online will give help you be better prepared to handle new situations and environments.

This means fewer instances of destructive behavior, barking, or biting. Better behavior also means a better relationship between you and your puppy.

5. Health – Puppy Care

Training your puppy early can also benefit their health. For example, teaching your puppy to walk on a leash can help them get regular exercise, which is important for their physical health.

Leash manners have to be one of the most important skills you can teach your puppy. Being out in the world with your puppy and getting exercise while not being stressed and enjoying it together is what walks should be about.

Another area that can help with health is puppy care. This can mean getting your puppy used to having his/her teeth checked by you lifting up the muzzle, touching your puppy to feel for anything on the body, looking at the ears, and touching those paws.

Knowing what is typical of your puppy will make it easier for you to spot things or notice when your puppy is not acting the way they usually do.

This will help you to get them to the veterinarian faster and turn things around. Saving you a lot of stress for you both.

Having a puppy that does well with training and care means you two are on the same page and will be less likely to get into dangerous situations that could lead to injury or illness.

6. You Get To Learn Too!

If you are a new pet parent, training can be really confusing and tough to manage without the right guidance and tools.

Being open to new ways and solutions to training and caring for your puppy will make things feel manageable for you.

Also, training your puppy during their critical period, you are also setting yourself up for success in the long run. Puppy training isn’t just for the puppy but also for the owner.

Do not be afraid to ask questions or seek help. Feeling like you have to do everything on your own when it comes to learning will add stress rather then enjoyment with your puppy.

There are puppy owners like you who are struggling to learn the right approach as well as what to do with their puppy.

Learning should be fun and you may have days when things do not go as you planned but do not give up. Your puppy wants to do the right things but need your help. This is something to remind yourself when you want to give up.

The benefits of training your puppy properly are endless and well worth the time and effort. You will set your puppy up for success in their adult years by reinforcing good behavior right away.

Start training your puppy today and watch them become a happy, healthy, well-behaved family member.

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