Puppy Training

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Week 1

· Socialisation. New environment. Introduce the puppy to his new environment and new family.

· First introduction for your puppy to noises of his/her new house (car, TV, vacuum, kids playing).

· Hand feed your puppy to bond with he/her. Teach your pup his/her name and some markers (Yes) with the food.

· Introduction of the play pen and the crate, his/her new personal space.

· Take him/her to the vet for socialisation as many times as possible until his/her next shot. It is important that the puppy associates the veterinary with a good and safe environment from an early age.

· Toilet train. Train your dog to be toilet train by teaching him/her where to go and rewarding him/her for do it at the right spot. A puppy goes to the toilet every 2h, when he/she wakes up, after a meal, sometimes after a play session. Keep an eye on your pup all the time.


Week 2

· Socialisation. Introduce the puppy to new people like friends and kids in his/her environment.

· Introduction of the leash. Leave a light leash on the puppy while at home to get him/her used to have something attached to his/her collar and reward.

· Under supervising, add some little things into your pup environment like a big plastic bag, different objects of different colours.

· Keep bonding with your puppy with food and game.

· Take your puppy to his first puppy classes.

· Reinforce toilet training.

· Recall training. Sit on the grown in a close area or play pen (2 people if possible, leash on), call your puppy by his name (Name previously reinforced) and reward when he/she comes to you.

· Vet socialisation


Week 3

· Leash training. Positive reinforcement with the walking on the leash. Teach your puppy to walk next to you in his environment.

· Vet socialisation and 2nd shot.

· Puppy classes and socialisation with other dogs.

· Take your puppy to a new environment without distractions until he/her settles.

· Introduction to new people.

· If your puppy is unsure and fearful, take your time. Come back to the same environment until he/she relaxes. One stranger per day or every two days for fearful puppies.

· Keep adding some new objects in his/her environment.

· Wait for food training.

· Reinforce toilet training.

· Vet socialisation.

· Basic commands training.


Week 4

· Puppy classes. Your puppy should be more comfortable to go meet some strangers and new dogs. He/her is in the process of learning how to interact respectfully with other dogs and people.

· Leash training.

· Take your puppy to a new environment with low distractions (Park with kids playing from a safe distance or someone walking on leash with a dog).

· Train and play with your puppy in the new environment as many times he/her needs to be settle.

· Meet new strangers on the street with your puppy.

· Reinforce toilet training.

· Vet socialisation.

· Basic command training.

· Keep doing the socialisation with friends, kids and dogs at home.

· Keep adding new objects and noises to his/her environment.


Week 5

· Puppy classes.

· Leash training and basic commands.

· Introduction to new environments with low to medium distractions. Keep training your puppy in those new environments. He/she will associate new environment with fun.

· Walk your puppy through obstacle like A frame or a blue tape on the ground. Your puppy will learn to trust you and follow you. He/she is strong enough to go on little walks on the street with the leash and meet some dogs and people.

· As the bonding and the training with your dog is improving, let your friends/kids train and play with your puppy. He/she will associate people with fun and will learn to listen to everyone.


Week 6

· Puppy classes.

· Leash training and basic commands.

· Introduction to new environments with medium to high distractions (markets, train stations, beach).

· Introduction to group of people. If your puppy is comfortable enough, let them pat he/she.

· Walk your puppy through new obstacles.

· Keep reinforcing toilet training.

· Vet socialisation.

· Basic command training at home and in new environments.

· Keep doing the socialisation with friends, kids and dogs at home and in new environment.


The most important part in a puppy’s life for socialisation is between 8 and 12 weeks of age. It is important to adapt your schedule in regard to the puppy’s improvements. When you introduce a puppy to his/her new home/environment it is important to give him/her the time to explore and settle in. Add some play time and training session into the new environment so the puppy will keep bonding with you and will associate new things with fun. Never get upset or frustrated if the puppy doesn’t respond well the first time. Come back the next day and try again.


Madds at the market after 2 weeks of training.

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