Training your puppy should be fun, and we’ll help to make sure that it is!
We help you decide when is the best time to start training, and help you choose what to teach your puppy and which methods to use.
Clear instructions – kind methods
We also provide a range of free in-depth training guides written by best selling author Pippa Mattinson. Our guides all use gentle, modern methods
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Let’s begin with two important topics, biting, and potty training, then move on to puppy obedience training
Potty training your puppy
For many puppy owners, potty training or house training, is the top priority for the first few weeks.
You’ll want to know how long it will take, what the best methods are, and how to deal with any problems that arise.
Some of you may want to use a crate, and some of you may need information on potty training a puppy when you work. All this is covered in our three key articles
- House training your puppy – an in-depth guide
- Crate training your puppy – an in-depth guide
- 15 puppy potty training problems solved – if you are having problems, this is where you’ll find the solutions
Teaching your puppy not to bite
Biting can be a big shock to new puppy parents.
Not just how hard and how much puppies bite, but how aggressive they sound when they do it and how much it hurts. Those tiny teeth are sharp!
We have two important articles to help you through this phase in puppy development
When to start training your puppy
House training and no-bite training are self explanatory, but many people are unsure when to start training their puppies tricks and obedience skills.
At one time, dog training involved quite a lot of corrections and firm handling. It was a fairly stressful process and for that reason, serious training often did not begin until puppies were 5 or 6 months old.
Times have changed, and dog training has moved on.
Most dog trainers now use predominantly modern positive reinforcement training methods and a growing number are what we call force-free trainers. Which means that they don’t use any aversives (things dogs will try to avoid) in training at all.
Start training your puppy early – at 8 weeks old
If you are going to train your puppy with modern positive reinforcement methods, you can start training your puppy as soon as you bring him home at 8 weeks old.
The methods we give you on this website do not involve any force and won’t cause puppies any stress. So it is fine for you to get started straight away
This is important for any large dog that lives indoors with his family. A five or six month old Labrador is quite strong and will be up to all kinds of mischief if he is not given some training and boundaries
Puppy training methods, principles, and puppy management
Here is some more information about training methods, and getting off to a good start with your puppy
What to teach your puppy
Most people want to teach their puppies to come when they are called, to sit, to stay, and to walk nicely on a lead. These are all important skills, especially for a large dog.
You can find our in-depth training guides using these links
Published in April 2014, the Happy Puppy covers every aspect of life with a small puppy.
The book will help you prepare your home for the new arrival, and get your puppy off to a great start with potty training, socialisation and early obedience.
The Happy Puppy Handbook is available worldwide.