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    Default What to Teach Puppies?

    We have our 10 week old Golden Retriever siting, dropping (most of the time), almost toilet trained, come and trying to teach stay and trying to teach shake.

    We are going to puppy school in 2-3 weeks and then dog obedience after that. Just trying to get a head start.

    What should we teach him at what ages? We dont want to try and teach something too advanced for his age.

    Thanks for everyone's imput!
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    I suggest the basics ; sit, drop, shake, beg.

    Are you going to obedience school or puppy school? Puppy school covers obedience.

    I also suggest you play with his ears and his feet, also get him used to people touching his mouth and looking at his teeth. This is what I got told. I regret not doing the mouth though, Pipi hates people looking at her teeth. This way, when it comes to vet checks etc he won't retaliate when the vet feels his paws, ears and goes to have a look at his teeth. Reward him each time he lets you.

    One bit of advice is play with their ears and feet when they are asleep, that is how Pipi learnt best.


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    I wish I had taught 'leave it' a little earlier.

    Have a toy, or a dog biscuit or something and say 'leave it' and offer something REALLY tasty, and praise etc.

    that way if your pup ever picks something up that they shouldnt (as they do) they'll hopefully realise that leave it means theyll be getting something great if they do!

    But sounds to me like youre doing vey well for 10 week

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    yep, i would be doing focus too!

    Teaching them to play dead is cute, Kaos hits the floor so hard when i point my finger and say Bang

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    In my puppy classes the first thing I teach is the conditioned reinforcer, sometimes referred to as a marker or a bridge. It's worth googling.

    Then sit.

    The release command.

    Comefore.

    And then the tie up exercise.

    etc etc

    I really prefer that a puppy comes as a blank canvas because people will often teach the sit but not know how to wean off the food and the puppy has been sitting for food for about 2 weeks and then pops out of the sit when he feels like it because nobody told him when he could stop sitting.

    As previously stated by another I really like for owners to concentrate on their puppy accepting being handled, the earlier this starts the better, another exercise I teach is "looming" because that's what people do to dogs they loom over them and pat them on top of the head grrr. Holding puppies collar for a seconds and puppy accepting this, helps you be able to get the lead on in a hurry.

    It's also very useful if people fit them selves out with a good treat bag like Black Dogs one, understand that the treats need to be soft (not smackos or something that the dog must chew), I'm talking frankfurt, roast chicken, cooked sausage something along those lines cut into the smallest pcs you can possibly get them. Test your puppy and see what he likes best and save that for training off site, have something of slightly less value for at home.

    A good fitted collar and easily handled soft cloth lead is a must, turn up in shoes, pants and a shirt you can bend over in.

    These are just my thoughts, others differ, that's what's so great about dog training you can find someone that suits you.

    Have fun and good luck.

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    Thank you everyone.

    Im a little excited as today we mastered leave it and shake hands!!!

    Id love to hear any more advice!! Thank you

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    Teach puppy her name.

    Say puppy's name brightly and give a treat - repeat lots (20 times?)

    Say puppy's name brightly and when puppy pricks ears or looks at you or both, give treat ie do more practice but increase the standard.

    Practice, aiming for complete puppy attention when you say puppy's name. Note, this is not the same as teaching "watch me". Teaching puppy's name is the first step in condititioning a recall (or an emergency recall).

    Also teach puppy not to bite. Best way is to put puppy on ground and ignore it for three seconds, or long enough for it to notice.

    Loads more stuff here.
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    Mine know that..EXCUSE ME! Means they are into something or doing something they shouldn't and they usually immediately guiltily stop. That, followed by What the hell do you think you are doing, brings them over and distracts so I can get their attention on to something else.
    I only like the real basics. Sit, stay etc.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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