I just wanted to know how much learning a young pup can handle? I know they are like sponges and take everything in, but is there a limit to the amount of different things they can learn at once? Is it best to teach one command eg: sit, and wait until they fully 'get it' before moving onto something else, or are you able to teach, sit, drop, come, leave etc all at the same time (not in the same training session obviously)?
My puppy's pretty good with 'leave it', he seemed to get that with no problems, it comes in handy when he's getting too excited with the cat. He seems to like sitting a lot, if anything I have trouble getting him to stand long enough to give him the sit command, lol.. maybe I should be teaching him 'stand' instead? I'm trying to teach him to go to his bed on command, but he's taking a bit longer on that one. He comes most of the time if you're really enthusiastic or get right down to his level (pretty much lying on the floor, lol). We're still working on toilet training. I'm also trying to teach him to wait for his food, he needs some assistance with this, but I've only just started. Also he seems to run after things and bring them back on his own, so we're trying to attach a 'fetch' command to that behaviour. Am I teaching too many things at once? Also any tips for teaching 'drop' to a mini dachshund? .. he doesn't exactly have far to go. I've been holding a treat in my hand on the floor and making it difficult for him to get it, so sometimes he'll lie down to try and lick it out of my fingers, then he gets the treat, but it's only working sometimes, otherwise he just stands up and gets confused.
I have him enrolled in puppy school starting this weekend, I just thought I'd give him a head start on a few basics. I just don't want to overwhelm him and confuse him with too many commands he hasn't mastered yet.
Is there anything else that you recommend as important to teach a pup straight away?