Training your puppy should be fun, and we’ll help to make sure that it is!
Puppy Potty & Crate Training
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:
- Potty Training Your Puppy – an in-depth guide
- Crate Training Your Puppy – an in-depth guide
- 15 Puppy Potty Problems Solved – if you are having problems, this is where you’ll find the solutions
Stop Your Puppy Biting
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:
- Labrador Puppies Biting – And How to Stop Them
- Help, My Puppy Is Aggressive!
- How To Stop Your Labrador Chewing Things
Start Puppy Obedience Training Now!
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
In the past, serious dog training did not begin until puppies were 5 or 6 months old. This is because dog training involved quite a lot of corrections and firm handling.
Fortunately, 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.
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
- Train Your Puppy To Come When Called
- Train Your Puppy To Sit And Stay
- Train Your Puppy To Walk Next To You
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.