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Obedience For Field Puppies

(This section is under review and will be updated soon)

Pups are learning all the time

Research has proven that early exposure to specific tasks will turn on circuits in your puppy's brain that will make all later training on these tasks easier.

The first goal for this puppy obedience work is to jump start the learning process and to establish early on that good things happen when he is with you and that good things come from working with you.


Don't fret if you don't teach all the commands we are going to look at, doing any puppy work is better than none. While you are engaged in puppy training you are building a positive working relationship with your pup. This is going to be structured play and not "work". Your pup will enjoy working with you and in the process he will learn a lot about you.

The value of "No" (Stop what you are doing)

The great majority of puppy training and raising should emphasize positive interaction. However, your pup also needs to learn manners. He should learn early that there are some things he must not do. There are two reasons for this: 1) so you can stand to live with him, and 2) so that he learns to accept correction and parameters to behavior.

House Breaking

House breaking is better taught as a do rather than a don't. Teach your pup to do his business outside; try to avoid  correction for going inside.

Your puppy will need to void very often at first. Keep him with you and take him oout often. He will need to go after he wakes, shortly after he eats and at frequent intervals through the day.

The older he gets the longer he can hold his bladder.

Try to anticipate his needs and take him out at the first sign he has to go.  


Pups have a short attention span, so keep lessons brief. Break your puppy play/training sessions into to short segments. Each segment should emphasize one or two commands. Mix action commands (These are commands your pup can complete quickly such as sit, here, and finish to heel) with sessions on stay. Intersperse retrieve and tug play times between obedience lessons.

Remembered your puppy has a short attention span keep his lessons short and focused. 


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