The secret to a happy, healthy pet/owner relationship is the establishment of who is the boss. In order for this to be most effective it should be set from the beginning. A naughty, disobedient puppy may appear independent and cute, but as an adult the willful pet can spell disaster for both the owners and the animal. At the same time, training is fun and very rewarding for you and your puppy. Puppies have an amazing capacity to learn complex commands quickly.
Most professional dog trainers feel that at five or six months you can begin to seriously train your puppy. However, there are some things they can start learning the minute you get them home.
All puppies need to chew - partly because dogs are chewers by nature, and partly from curiosity. The very best way to avoid destruction of furniture and personal belongings is to be sure that the puppy always has appropriate things to chew on. If you catch them chewing on something they shouldn’t, take it away from them quickly and reprimand them sternly. Don’t just yank it out of their mouth as you can damage the teeth. Cultivate a stern, firm “NO!” that is not necessarily loud, but sharp enough that they get the idea that you are displeased. Remember, some time you may find them chewing on something dangerous, such as an electrical cord. It will be imperative that they obey your command.
By the time your puppy is four to six months old, they’re ready for obedience training. That is, they’re ready to learn more complex command such as “heel” and “stay”. These lessons, however, are too involved to go into here.We have included a list of obedience trainers in the area. We recommend that you take the time to sit in on a class or two before actually starting. This will help you decide which trainer’s style you prefer.