Since we welcomed our newest addition a couple of weeks ago, we have been pretty busy training the little guy. When Bentley was a puppy, he caught on pretty quickly, especially when there was a treat involved. Lambo is no different. Within three days of having him around, my husband taught him the commands sit, up and down.
The best piece of advice we can give is to be consistent when training your puppy. We are not dog trainers or animal specialists by any means. But after going through the stages with Bentley, we feel that we are seasoned vets when it comes to basic training.
We have noticed that if you are teaching your puppy new commands and tricks, it is important to always carry treats with you. We tried Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats – Peanut Butter flavor and Lambo absolutely loves them! (Bentley also wanted to taste test them and he was salivating at the mouth!) They are only 3.5 calories per treat, which make them great for frequent rewards and training. They are also ideal for any age and breed.
The naturally delicious formula makes all the difference with quality protein and mouthwatering taste, who wouldn’t sit down for one of these little treats?
We made sure to introduce the treat, say the command in a stern voice, guide the dog to sit/stay and give him the treat. After a couple of treats, the dog caught on quickly. Once he did it on his own, we would reward him with a treat and say in a happy tone of voice, “Good sit! Good sit!” and give him head rubs. This reinforces our command and shows the pup that we are happy when he listens!
There are some more advanced commands such as roll-over, speak, fetch, etc. but these are the tricks we started teaching our dogs right away.
What is the first thing you taught your puppy?
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*Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Chewy. All advice and opinions expressed are Bentley’s and Lambo’s.*