Training a puppy begins virtually at birth. Smaller dogs that are handled and socialized by humans regularly during the first eight weeks of life are generally easier to be trained. It is extremely important that you begin holding and caressing the newborn puppies at an early age.
New puppies should be placed in their permanent homes between about 8 and 12 weeks of age.
That is of course if they are big enough to leave Mom and even more importantly if they are flying to their new homes they need to be old enough and weigh enough to make sure they make a smooth transition into their new environment and of course make the adjustment to their new families.
Before this age, puppies are still learning tremendous amounts of socialization skills from their mother. They are learning how to eat and drink by mimicking what Mom does. They also need to be eating hard kibbles and they do not need to be relying on their mother’s milk for survival.
It is very important that the puppy is weaned from Mom and ready to eat hard food only, not relying on the mother’s breast milk. It is still acceptable to offer soft food or baby food to the young puppy if it becomes picky and refuses to eat the hard kibbles upon arrival to it’s new home.
Puppies are innately more fearful of new things during the period from 5 to 7 weeks, which makes it harder for them to adapt to a new home. That’s why we ship our puppies at 10 to 12 weeks of age and older. We have found over the course of 12 years that they genuinely do much better at this age.
Can My Puppy Learn Tricks?
Puppies can begin learning tricks and commands as early as 8 to 12 weeks of age; the only limitations are the dogs stamina, concentration, and physical coordination. Of course you as the dog owner should seriously consider what’s more important. Do I want my new puppy to be able to go fetch a toy or learn where to go potty first.
In my opinion you should begin with potty training upon arrival and not try any other tricks or training programs until the new puppy has potty training down completely. It will make your life a whole lot easier. Remember to be consistent with your potty training. You are the boss and you must let your new puppy know that. If you give into their demands then you are asking for trouble in the form of accidents inside your home.
Of course when you complete your potty training it is much easier to live with young dogs that have already learned basic commands such as sit. Waiting until the puppy is much older and larger and has already learned bad habits makes obedience training much more difficult.
Are there Different Methods of Potty Training my Puppy?
Once again, when it comes to potty training your new puppy it is very important that you be consistent and that you have a series of goals in mind when it comes to having your puppy completely potty trained.
There are several methods out there for you to consider when training your puppy including, Crate Training, Litter Box Training, Outside Training, Puppy Pad Training and Newspaper Training. There are lots of great articles and videos online that will help you with these forms of potty training. I suggest that you do research before you get your new puppy on the different types of potty training to see what fits best into your life style and schedule.