Common mistakes when training a puppy

Getting a puppy can be a very exciting time for a family, welcoming a new addition in to your home. However, just as with anything new, having a puppy means a period of adjustment for all and a considerable amount of time invested in training.

You will probably have spent some time researching the breed of puppy and even poring over a training manual. However, this time and effort can easily be undone if you make some very common mistakes when you actually bring your new puppy home.

Your puppy will be capable of taking simple instructions even from the early days in your home. However, you must pick your opportunities wisely. Your puppy has a lot of exploring to door and will spend a lot of time either expelling excited energy or having tired themselves out, sleeping. Pick your time to train your puppy when you are assured of the puppy’s full attention.


Give your puppy a break. Do not expect them to pick up all of the commands that you have taught them overnight. Remember that they will be adjusting to their new surroundings and getting used to their new family so there is a lot to take in so take it easy and begin with the basics such as ‘sit’ and ‘come’. Make your training sessions short and snappy as your puppy will easily tire and be easily distracted so try to aim for no more than 10 minutes at a time, two or three times a day.