Basic Dog Training Tips for First Time Dog Owners

Most first-time dog owners will need quite a bit of help when it comes to basic dog training. Here, we will discuss at least three aspects which you need to explore in order to be able to train your dog. Doing so will make your dog more manageable in the long run.

Leash Training

Training your dog to stay on the leash may be one of the more challenging tasks that face you as you try to train your dog. Dogs aren’t generally used to having a leash dictating their moves and there are some dogs who certainly will not welcome having a leash put on them.

One of the first steps you can take is to let the dog get used to the feel of the leash. It is suggested that you start out first with a string and just tie it around your dog’s neck. You can then gradually move on to something thicker, like a rope, before finally putting on the leash. The dog has to get used first to what it’s like to have a leash around its neck, or else, it may give greater resistance.

If you start to try leading him on a leash, it is not recommended that you add to the struggle by pulling or yanking on the rope as well. Stand still and try to divert the dog’s attention. Allow the puppy to stop resisting and let it come to you out of its own accord. You can then reward him once he starts doing this.

We recommend you to watch the forth lesson from the series “Puppy Training and Dog Training Online” by Dove Cresswel. Lesson name: “Walking Politely on a Leash: The Informal Heel”. Dove’s lessons are available on her site: www.

Teaching your Puppy to Sit

As part of your basic dog training, it is also important that you teach your puppy to sit. After all, puppies can be very active creatures and there are times when you need them to stay put. One simple way that you can do this is by using a treat to get him to sit. You can attract your puppy first using the treat. Once the treat is within its reach, you can lower it down to such a level that the puppy will need to sit down in order to reach the treat.
It is recommended that you do this regularly and that you also associate your command with the action you are doing. It is also recommended that you repeat this about four to five times a day so that your puppy will successfully link this new behavior with getting a reward. For the first few days or weeks, you may need to have quite a number of treats in stock in order to invest for this particular training.

Training your Puppy not to Nip or Bite

Puppies can be quite playful at times and it is not uncommon for them to bite or snip you, sometimes out of affection. But sometimes, those teeth can be a touch too painful. There are quite a number of suggestions that you can consider in order to curb this behavior.

One, you can give your puppy a toy to which it can redirect its biting or snipping. Rubber toys are especially useful. You can also flip your hand over the dog’s muzzle, as soon as he starts to bit or snip your arm. Once you have your arm around his muzzle, you can then clamp his mouth shut for a few seconds. It is said that this can be quite unpleasant for dogs and your puppy will most likely want to avoid this kind of treatment in the future.


Basic dog training is very useful so that you can build a good working relationship with your dog. It is also very important as they socialize and mingle with other people.

Resources that can help you:

“Puppy Training and Dog Training Online” by Dove Cresswell