Puppies are an 'EMERGENCY' ! They learn so fast that its best to teach them good habits and ways to behave as soon as they come home . . . so they don't inadvertantly learn and you don't inadvertently reward 'bad' behaviors.
1st - Find & sign-up ASAP to take your puppy at about 12 weeks of age to a " Puppy Class" at a reputable training facility. This kind of class is important to socialize puppies with other people, new environments & other puppys! Its critical to do this at a very young age.
2nd - Private In--Home Puppy Training teaches you things that will not be learned in 'puppy class' including:
A Puppy Package of 3 sessions is $290
To Find a Good Trainer/Facility for group training go to www.apdt.com and search by zip code .
Also - These Great Books are Available at www.dogwise.com
& After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar PhD - Excellent info
to help choose a breeder and puppy. A MUST READ FOR ALL DOG or PROSPECTIVE
DOG OWNERS. Excellent B4 puppy arrival preparations so things will be
ready and easy once pup arrives. Foundation to create a happy, well-adjusted
pet dog that will not have all those obnoxious doggy behaviors. Excellent
potty training, puppy biting, chewing prevention, people & dog socialization
techniques. Straight-forward if not blunt style.
Dog Training by Andrea Arden - Excellent easy to read softer style
approach about how to positive ways to train a puppy or dog. Heavy emphasis
on positive reinforcement and the ill-affects of corrective training
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson - Training Theory & Practice Recommended for ALL Dog Owners. Xln't easy to understand training methods; what works & doesn't & why. Classical (Pavlov) & operant (BF Skinner) conditioning training methods made easy. Dispels MANY training myths.
Excel-Erated Learning by Pamela Reid PhD - Dog Training Theory & Practice Advanced animal behavior theory & training application to dogs. Essential for performance dog training.
Work Wonders by Tom Lonsdale - Outstanding short read on how’s, what’s & why’s of feeding a natural raw diet of meaty bones. A must read to keep your dog fit & healthy & OUT of the vets office!
Agility Tricks by Donna Duford - Tricks Great little booklet for simple and fun tricks. Explains both learning theory and how to. Uses great positive and science-based training techniques. Kids will need some help reading this, but can easily use these techniques with some coaching.
I do not recomend any books that use corrective, dominance,
or other harsh training methods. Unfortunately books containing these
outdated kinds of punishment-based methods are readily available out
there. Unfortunatly these corrective methods are not very effective
to quickly teach a puppy what 'to do'. They typically make a puppy afraid,
confused, and unhappy. Look for the positive reinforcment or reward-based