Training a puppy can be frustrating. The little fellow loves you and wants to learn, so consequently you will need the best techniques and times to apply them.
Wait, the best times? Time matters? Actually, yes. There are optimal times for training sessions that you can utilize to train your pup more efficiently. In this article we will discuss this and so that you will know the best time of day to train your puppy to take advantage of this. If you are ready, let’s get started!
When is a good time to start to train your puppy?
Any time is a good time to start whether you are raising a puppy or an older dog. That said, if you are able, the first 2-14 weeks are a very important time in puppy’s learning and this can begin by introducing them to people. You can work with simple commands as well, such as ‘come!’ or ‘sit!, but for the most part you want to make sure that your dog becomes friendly with other people so that they are not uncomfortable with them or frightened at a later age. Now, for general training, there are actually times during the day that are the most optimal and you can take advantage of these if you plan accordingly.
The best time of the day to train your puppy
So when is the best time of the day to train your puppy or dog? There are actually many good times and you can select one, more, or all depending on your own schedule. Some examples of good training times are as follows:
- First thing in the morning – When your dog wakes up in the morning they are rather like us in this regards:They want to go to the bathroom, get something to eat, and then get the day started. For us, the day starts with work, but for doggy it’s usually getting to look around outside during that first morning walk. This is a great time to try to teach them something, using that time outside (and a treat if you have one handy) as a reward to reinforce new learned behaviors and ‘tricks’. Keep this for simple tricks, though, like lying down or sitting on command.
- Immediately after ‘bad’ behavior – When your puppy does something bad, why not take the time to teach them something good? As it’s too late to correct them after they have already done something (your dog not having associative memory traits means you’ll only confuse them), you can take a moment and try to teach them something new. This gives you a place to put that frustrated energy into instead of angrily snapping at your furry buddy. The best way to train a dog is to be constant about reinforcing behaviors that are desirable until just about everything your dog does has a firm foot in the ‘rules’ you’ve established. So take advantage and make those \mistakes’ into opportunities!
- From 4 – 9 p.m. – During this time period your dog is at their peak level of energy. This is a great time to break out a ball or Frisbee and do a little fetching or catching or simply work on some other tricks or behaviors that you’d like doggy to learn. Try to keep training times as consistent as you can and your doggy will look forward to spending that learning and play time with you each and every day.
- Whenever he or she does something that you like – Keep a plastic bag with treats handy in a pocket or purse so that if your doggy does something that you like you can immediately reward the behavior. You’ll have to be quick, however, as your doggy will become distracted soon after and forget what they just did that made you so happy. Properly done this one little trick can have a profound effect on how your doggy acts at home so be sure to give it a try.
Some further training tips to consider
Now that we know the best time to train a little dog we thought we might throw in a few
” This is cross-species communication and it will take awhile.”
training tips to help out if your doggy is being resistant to the training. Some things that you can try are as follows:
- Box/Crate isolation – Rather like having a child stand in the corner, you can put your puppy in the crate for a ‘timeout’ if they are misbehaving. This is also good for overnight if you are training your dog to go to the bathroom outside. You let them sleep in the crate and then immediately take them outside to do their business. After awhile they learn to go outside and you can get rid of that crate or save it for bad behavior 5- 10 minute timeouts.
- Be patient – This is cross-species communication and it will take awhile for your dog to tune-in to what you want. Don’t lose your temper, just patiently reinforce the good and identify the bad. It will work out just fine.
- 5 months for complicated commands – Commands like ‘Sit’, ‘Stay’, and ‘Lie down’ are easy for a younger pup but you will want to wait until your doggy is at least 5 months old before you start more complex commands like ‘Heel’.
- 5 minute training sessions – Try to teach a command for 5 minutes at a time, no longer, or your puppy might get confused. Small 5 minute sessions will get you there much faster than long, frustrating ones.
In this article we have discussed the best time to train a puppy as well as a few tips and tricks to help keep your training on track. With a little time, your puppy will develop new behaviors that can last a lifetime. With your patient assistance they’ll be good ones, too! We wish you and your furry friend the best!