Puppy Training FAQ

Ready to start training your new puppy? Dive into our trainers’ answers to the most frequently asked puppy training questions below!

What is the first thing you should train your puppy?

Start with the basics: potty training, crate training, and socializing your puppy are essential to start the day your puppy comes home. Getting your puppy used to your lifestyle and properly socializing them will lead to a calm, confident dog. Check out our blog “6 Essential Things to Jumpstart Training Your Puppy” for an excellent place to start!

Where should a puppy sleep the first night?

You can set your puppy up for success by having them sleep in their crate in their bedroom, where they can see you the first night. They can have a couple of toys, but avoid using any blankets or absorbent materials until you know they will not have an accident. It should be plastic. You can gradually move the crate to the designated place every few days.

Can an eight-week-old puppy be potty trained?

You can start potty training your 8-week-old puppy as soon as you bring them home! Once they go 30 days without having accidents, they can be considered housebroken. Ensure you always watch them, offer treats when they go outside, catch or interrupt all accidents, and start a food and water schedule. Here are our “4 Easy Steps to Potty Train Your Puppy”.

What is a good schedule for an eight-week-old puppy?

You can expect your eight-week-old puppy to go outside to potty every 1-2 hours. They should eat 2-3 times a day per your veterinarian’s recommendation. We recommend these be timed meals and not free-fed. Offer water on your way out to take your puppy potty approximately every 2 hours. Do not let them have water on the way back in. As they grow, they will nap during the day but be able to sleep 6-8 hours at night quickly.

How do I stop my puppy from jumping on people?

Teach your puppy an alternative behavior. We love an automatic sit! This is most effective if you start this management strategy as soon as you bring your puppy home. The idea is only to provide your puppy attention when their bottom is on the ground. This is an excellent alternative behavior to combat jumping because your puppy cannot physically sit and jump at the same time. To practice this, get your puppy’s attention and bring your hands up to your chest (you may start with food to guide their attention upwards). Once they are sitting, praise them and pet them calmly. Continue petting for the duration of their sit or until you are done. Immediately pull your hands away and stop petting if they stand. You may resume petting if they sit back down. The trick is not to use the command “sit”! This should be an “automatic” sit or a polite way for your pup to ask for attention if they want it.