Puppy Training Tips for New Owners

You just brought home a new puppy. You’re in love with that fuzzy little face and those big, puppy dog eyes. Plus, you’re excited to have them around and see them grow up into a beautiful adult dog! But first, you need to teach your new pup some basic commands for their safety, your sanity, and so they know who’s boss. It may seem like there are already too many things to take care of when you get a puppy — shots, training classes, vet visits — but none of them is as important as training your pet how to behave. Luckily for you (and the pup), teaching good behavior is much easier than it sounds!

Crate train your puppy

Crate training is a great way to help your puppy keep his or her habits in check. It’s also an excellent way to help them (and you) feel more secure and comfortable when left home alone.

Here are some tips for crate training your new puppy:

  • Use the crate only when you are home, not as a punishment.
  • Make sure that your dog feels safe in their crate by leaving them with chew toys or treats inside it and ensuring that there are no sharp objects around it that might cause injury if they chew on them while inside the crate.
  • Make sure that they don’t have to urinate or defecate in their bed, which can be unhygienic for both of you. If this happens, take them outside immediately so they do not soil their sleeping area, then praise them when they return clean! As time goes on, you may find yourself needing less frequent trips outside until eventually your pup does not need any assistance at all from either one of us!

Start with the basics

  • Teach your puppy the basics. Start with sit, stay, down and come. Once you’ve mastered these behaviors, you can add more advanced commands like “leave it” and “go to bed.”
  • Use treats to reward good behavior and follow through with a leash so that your puppy understands that you have control over him when he misbehaves.
  • Be patient! Set aside time each day for training, even if it’s only five minutes at first.
  • Consistency is key: use the same words every time so your dog learns what they mean.

Spend time with the puppy apart from training

You may be thinking, “My puppy is an entirely new member of my family and I have to train them! There’s no time to just relax.” I hear you. Believe me, like any other high-maintenance pet (or human), puppies require a lot of attention. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need some time to just be themselves when they’re not being trained.

In the first few weeks after bringing home your new puppy, spend as much time as possible with them apart from training sessions so that they can get used to their new environment and settle in comfortably. After all, this is their first experience outside their littermates’ company since birth! They’ll appreciate having time off from training so they can bond with you and learn how life works in your home environment before getting started on the obedience training proper (and spending all day out-and-about).

The more comfortable your puppy feels around you and in his own surroundings, the easier it will be for him or her to learn what’s expected of them throughout their lives together—which means less stress on both sides!

Teach the puppy what “quiet” means

One of the most important things to teach your pup is what it means when you say “quiet.” It’s not enough just to use a word that sounds like the one for quiet; you need to make sure that your pup understands the concept of being quiet and only moved about by yourself. To do this, you should pick a different word than the one for “quiet” and make sure that it’s used consistently.

Puppies are naturally very active, so they’ll put up with a lot while they’re learning how to be well-behaved. But once they’ve gotten some practice in understanding how humans want them to behave, there are ways you can encourage good behavior outside of what’s required by basic obedience training.

Keep don’t reward bad behavior.

It’s important to keep in mind that you have to reinforce good behavior. If you are rewarding bad behavior, your puppy will learn to repeat it. It’s not just what they do that you need to focus on, but also how they behave and interact with others.

When disciplining your puppy, don’t give them attention when they’re being quiet or being quiet for too long because this could lead them down a path of misbehaving just so that they can get the attention from their owners again.

It’s also important for owners not to reward their animals for barking as well since this can become a habit if not stopped at an early stage and negatively impact other dogs around them who aren’t barking but may feel threatened by the barking dog nearby; again reinforcing the idea that getting lots of attention is what makes life worth living which isn’t always true especially when there are other things happening around us all day long besides getting treats every time we do something right!

Know when to be consistent and when to be flexible.

If you want your puppy to be well-trained, it is crucial that you know when to be consistent and when to be flexible.

If your puppy is allowed on the couch and then not allowed on the couch, he or she will never learn the difference between the two scenarios—and may even become confused about what is or isn’t acceptable behavior in general.

You should always make sure that your puppy understands that there are rules in place at all times. However, if your puppy does something wrong (such as chewing up one of your shoes), don’t punish him or her too severely. It’s easy for some people who own dogs with behavioral issues to overdo it on punishment because they’re so frustrated by their pup’s actions. Instead of this type of harsh treatment, try giving them toys instead so they have something else besides shoes/other human belongings around which they can chew!

Training your new puppy will take some dedication, but it is not difficult.

Puppy training is a great way to bond with your puppy and help him become a well-adjusted member of your family. It can also give you an opportunity to be creative and have fun together. If you’re having trouble getting started on your training plan, here are some tips for getting started:

  • Puppies learn through play. When playing with your puppy, try doing things like rolling around on the floor or wrestling with him. Playing with toys is also a good idea, because it helps them develop important social skills such as discipline and patience while they’re young—skills they’ll need when they grow up!
  • Puppies learn best by repetition (and treats). One way to get this repetition going is by using positive reinforcement—which basically means giving your dog something good after he does something right so that he knows what’s expected from him next time around! This could mean giving him yummy treats when he sits down quietly or even just saying “Good boy!” every time he does something right – whatever works best for both of them!


Remember that training your new puppy is going to be a lot of fun. It will help build the relationship you have with your new friend and it’s something that you can do to keep them busy while they adjust to their new home. Make sure you make time every day for training so that both of you can enjoy this experience together.