HomeBabysittingWhen can my puppy learn commands?
Posted in Babysitting on 8th January 2011

When can my puppy learn commands?
I just got a 6 week old puppy and I wondered when I can start putting him in obedience classes and teaching him commands because i want him to be well-behaved since he goes everywhere with me. he is smart I think because he’s only had one accident since we got him on friday but i’ve tried doing some “sit” and “stay” training and he doesn’t really understand at all and doesn’t focus because he’s still a baby. when will he start paying attention better?

I called the closest training school but they are an hour away and they don’t let puppies start until they are 12 weeks old and have all their shots, but i wanted to start sooner and idk if I can drive that far regularly.
We didn’t buy him, we got him from a shelter. you had to apply for the puppies before they were ready to go home and then all the families who had been approved picked them up on the day they were 6 weeks old. the shelter’s vet said that was fine because they had been eating solid foods and their mom rejected them when they were 3 weeks old. he’s had his first shots and we take him everywhere with us for socialization just not to “dog” places like pet stores just to family member’s houses and stuff. we have a few dogs already and cats so he gets a lot of socialization…

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Answer by walking lady RIP Tom
My puppies all start learning the day I bring them home, however, I’d never buy a puppy that’s still too young to be away from its mom and littermates like yours is.

Very young puppies learn amazing quickly. And your puppy should go to puppy classes once its 12 weeks old – puppies need the socializing and you’ll have a trainer to teach you how to train your puppy.

In the meantime, you can buy a good book – anything by Ian Dunbar is great for training puppies.

Answer by Adreanna
well the older the dog gets the harder it is to train them…Your better off if you train it asap…start with basic stuff like making it focus on u…u can put a treat up to ur eye and when it looks into ur eyes u give it the treat…i saw it on its me or the dog…i hope this helps…lolz

Answer by Morgan
Try using chicken. My puppy learned sit, stay, roll, crawl, and down when she was 7 weeks old. The sooner the better.

Answer by lizardlover150
You can start working with him now, just be patient and go slow. If he gets bored with it stop and come back to it later. Start with sit, just put your hand on his rear and make him sit, then give him a treat and tell him he’s good, then move on to harder stuff like lay, or stay. He needs to have all his shots and follow up booster shots before you can put him in an obedience class, so he won’t catch anything from the other dogs. Good luck!

Answer by Tiffany
at six weeks old, you can start training, but don’t expect him to be able to pay attention for very long. use puppy treats and start practicing the basics. just for 15 minutes a day or so. or as long as he will pay attention. just be patient. he’ll start learning more as he gets older. in just two weeks he’ll be much more developed, easier to potty train and easier to teach tricks to.

and no, no obedience classes till he has all his shots. it’s not safe for him to be around other dogs yet, as other dogs carry diseases he’s not immune to. diseases that can kill your puppy, like parvo. when he’s older you can go to a couple training classes just so you understand the basics and practice at home. the classes will teach you how to train your puppy, so you won’t need to go to a lot of them.

Answer by Beverly
Six weeks sounds too young to start training, but you could start with the Come command by holding a treat in your hand and calling your puppy by his name. When he comes to you, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat several times, but keep the training session short…like not more than 10 minutes.

After he has learned that, you could try the Sit command. Walk up to your pup until you are right in front of him, stop close enough that he has to sit to look up at you. Then say, Sit – as he sits, praise him, and give him a treat. Repeat several times as stated above. You’ll be surprised at how quickly he catches on. And if he seems slow to catch on, just be patient. Don’t punish him. Just try another time each week for about 10 minutes.

I recommend that you watch It’s Me Or the Dog, Saturday nights on the Animal Planet channel. Victoria Stillwell who is the host of the show is an animal behaviorist and never uses any punishment – only positive reinforcement to train dogs. She also has a training DVD available.


Answer by obsessedwithrice
Puppies can start learning obedience at the age of 8 weeks old and up. I brought my puppy home when he was 11 weeks old and I taught him 2 sit the second day I brought him home. I never took him to training classes (just seminars but they didn’t help). I taught him sit, down, stay, leave it, speak, and quiet.

Your puppy already learned some things from his mom and his siblings. He learned not to pee or poo in the “den”. He also learned during playtime that if his brother/sister squeals or yelps that means he bit them too hard. Try to start training him when he gets settled in ur home and teach him that u r the pack leader and he should respect u. Start teaching him the basic commands like sit, down, and stay.

Sit- Get a treat and hold it high over his head and he will probably sit. When he does, give him the treat. Add the word sit later.

Down- Do this after he knows how to sit. Make him sit and hold the treat down in between his paws. He might be confused and will try to scratch ur hands or try to bite it. He might lie down but if he doesnt, gently pull his arms down to the floor so that he is in a down position and give him the treat. Keep on doing this until he gets it and add the word down.

Stay- Make him sit. Go 1 inch away from him with the hand signal that looks like u r saying “stop” ( flat hand palm facing him) If he stays for 3 seconds praise him. Add more distance and add the word stay. U can walk farther and farther away and let him stay for about 30 seconds.

U can start leash training after he gets all his shots. Start by putting the leash on the collar or harness and let him drag it around the house. Follow him and pick up the leash and walk together. Dont let him get in front of u. Make sure he is on ur side, if he pulls stop and wait for him to back up and continue walking. Move it to ur backyard and then the park. It will be much harder because there r many distractions but remember that u r walking him and he is not leading the way.

U can do training school if u want but I think its better if u do it urself cuz u are his owner and he should listen 2 u.
Hope i helped good luck with the training!!!

Answer by Kaylee
I started all my dogs the week I got them. Let him settle in for a day or two but the younger you start your puppy the more obedient he will be. If you don’t bad manners and dominance will start. You don’t want that, never let the dog have its way. Your the boss. i know everyone thinks its okay to baby dogs but it isn’t. Humans sit on the coach, sleep in human beds, and sit at the table to eat. your dog shouldn’t. This is very serious in training. Your dog could turn aggressive towards you and others so train them right away so they know their place.

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