Just like potty training, training commands is just as lengthy of a topic! I could share for days on what I learned while training Nash, but I’ll save the step-by-step instructions for our other contributors (you can find all sorts of training blogs here — and there’s always more to come). Below are some outlets I found incredibly useful when we started training:
FRIENDS & FAMILY
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask friends and family what worked for them, have them show you, spend time together teaching one another and learning from each other.
I’m not a YouTube girl, so I was surprised by how much I hopped on YouTube for training guidance! I’d pop up a YouTube video on our Apple TV and Nash would even watch the pups as I’d learn ways to teach him things. One trainer I found extremely useful was Zak George. What are some YouTube trainers you’d recommend? Sound off in the comments!
Remember to try different things and different methods. There isn’t a one-size fits all approach and not one YouTube trainer may meet all your pups needs.
TRAINING OUTSIDE THE HOME
Places like your local pet store, Petco, etc. all have a plethora of training programs at a variety of different price points. Training in public areas like this not only gets your pup used to distractions (and learning to focus), but it also helps get them around more dogs, which only helps with their socialization skills.
Training outside the home usually happens in a group setting, but you can still get one-on-one training in a setting like that as well. Just see what your options are.
At-home training can sometimes be more expensive than training outside the home, but can be a great option for those who are looking for more exclusive, personalized one-on-one training interaction or have specific needs (like overcoming aggression, loose-leash walking, etc.).
At-home training is tailored more exclusively to your pups needs and you can go at your own pace. If your pup is catching onto things more quickly, your trainer can speed things up. Or if your pup isn’t comprehending one thing, they can work on it more closely.
Last, but certainly not least, you can find phenomenal training tips right HERE on our blog! We have so many contributors who have been in your shoes and have written all about their experiences and step-by-step instructions on how to train your dog in a real way.
What did you do to train your puppy? Do you wish you did anything differently? Tell us in the comments!