Prioritize socializing your puppy early, exposing them to new people, places, and things while avoiding health risks before vaccinations.
Teach bite inhibition through yelping when bitten and transition to "Leave it" command to prevent mouthing. Control mouth and keep teeth off people.
Teach puppy to tolerate touch by pairing gentle touches with treats. Practice handling exercises using meal kibble. Continue until 2 years old.
Use your puppy's daily meal kibble as training treats or in hollow chew toys. Helps with self-soothing, self-entertaining, socialization, commands, crate training, and behavior management. Healthier, motivated, and avoids overfeeding.
Good puppy classes offer socialization, bite inhibition, and handling opportunities that are hard to replicate at home. Research for a quality class.
Crate training benefits house-training, prevents destructive chewing, ensures safety, and prepares for various situations. Properly sized crate, breaks, stimulation, comfort, and affection are essential.
Teach obedience commands early for better behavior, safety, and a calmer life. Commands like "Sit," "Down," "Come," "Leave it," "Off," and "Wait" are valuable.
Prevent food aggression by positively reinforcing commands like "Drop it" and associating your presence with pleasant experiences during meals. Use techniques like adding treats to the bowl and practicing impulse control.
Seek professional help for unusual signs of fear/aggression in your puppy. Timing is crucial for effective intervention. Choose a trainer experienced in behavior/aggression, not just obedience. Research and ask questions before selecting a trainer.
House-training is crucial but time-consuming. Avoid long-term use of pee pads. Start outdoor training early, taking them out frequently. Gradually reduce night trips as they grow and understand better.