Puppy Training Exercises For Your New Furry Arrival!

Hey folks, and welcome to another River Dogs dog blog! I hope that you’ve all had a good week and are looking forward to spending some quality time with your four-legged friends over the weekend. Today we’re going to cover some of the most important things that you need to take onboard when bringing a new dog into the fold. Maybe you’re thinking of getting another Yorkshire Dog to add to your family, or perhaps you know someone who has just got a new pooch and needs some advice on how to make sure they grow up healthy and streetwise. Either way, we’ve picked out five of our favourite and most successful Puppy Training Exercises that you can use to help your little rascals turn into…well…bigger but more well-behaved rascals! So, without further ado, let’s put all four paws to the grindstone and learn some poochtastic exercises!

5 Puppy Training Exercises To Help Raise Your New Pooch!


I know that this sounds like a complicated maths equation, but Smartx50 is actually a rather interesting training technique created by Katy Sdao. Think of it as a quickfire lesson on how to be a good dog while covering all of the necessary life skills you need to get by on four legs. This is one of the best all-round puppy training techniques, and who knows, you might even be able to teach your old dogs a few new tricks too!

The Smart part of Smartx50 stands for See, Mark, and Reward Training (pretty smart, huh?). The exercise itself requires you to hide 50 treats (you can always use some of these homemade dog treats for an extra special touch) in a pouch or sack. Keep the sack on your person while you’re doing normal day to day activities such as getting ready for work, making dinner, helping your children with homework etc. Whenever you spot your puppy doing something good like not destroying the woodwork or lying down on his/her bed without being prompted, then you can praise them with a little treat. It’s called SmartX50 because you keep going until all 50 treats are gone, and that should be enough to span throughout the entire day. 

This is more of a general training method rather than a way of specifically honing in on certain skills, but I like the fact that it’s another way of training your puppy that fits in with the other jobs that you have to do in your day-to-day life. It also rewards your puppy for using his/her own initiative (when that initiative is put towards something non-destructive that is!)

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Teaching your dog to stay is very important for their own safety. Puppies don’t understand that running out of a door onto a road could end up with a long stay in dog-hospital, or that they could get lost and not be able to find their way home. Young dogs are incredibly inquisitive, which is why this could be one of the most important puppy training exercises on our list!

For this one you’ll need a regular door or gate, so the one at your house should do just fine. Standing outside the door, ask your four-legged friend to stay where they are using ‘stay’ or ‘wait’, and then slowly begin to open the door. If the dog comes towards you as you open, close the door and wait a little while before trying again. You’re aiming to have your dog standing or sitting in the same place until the door or gate is fully open. Let them know that they are free to join you with an ‘okay’ or ‘come’ command. They will soon understand that being told to ‘stay’ usually leads to something good like being able to explore once things or safe, or maybe even just a cuddle when they’ve been well-behaved. 

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The Dreaded ‘Lead Pull’

Pulling while walking on a lead is something that should be stopped as soon as possible because it will only get worse when your puppy grows into a massive hound! With this range of puppy training exercises, you’re aiming to walk with your dog on a loose lead. It’s a much more pleasant experience for both of you and will mean that you can enjoy your time on the trail together without falling out. 

If your dog pulls or turns in a different direction to the one that you’re going in, stand as still as a statue and wait until he/she comes back to you. Don’t start yanking or dragging your puppy around because that can lead to other problems with their health and it’s not very nice either. 

If your puppster is about to jump or lunge after a passing car or a cat, try to distract them with a treat before they leap into action. Dogs get excited about everything and anything at a young age, so the chances are they’re going to want to jump on everything that they see. Give anything that could provoke them a wide berth and stay alert.

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Leave It!

Dogs experience everything with their mouths, which is why the fourth lesson on our puppy training exercises list is so important for your puppy to grasp early on. They don’t know the difference between a nice smelling treat or a dangerous substance until it’s too late, so we’re going to try and teach them to listen to our instructions instead of going after something that could potentially cause them harm (or that we don’t want them touching!)

First, place a treat in both hands, and then show one enclosed first to your pooch. Say ‘Leave It’, and then wait until they inevitable licking, pawing, and gnawing has subsided. When they have stopped and are no longer giving the closed fist any attention, give them the treat from the other hand. This will teach your pooch that he or she will get a reward by listening to your command. You have to make the alternative to the foreign object on the floor look a lot more appealing, and hopefully one of his or her favourite biscuits should do the trick!

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Toilet Training

The last point on our puppy training exercises list is one that many people worry about the most when getting a new puppy, but it’s doesn’t have to be over complicated or a stressful process. In the early days you’re probably going to need lots of newspaper around the house, but using this method, you’ll soon be able to get your four-legged friend to do their business in the correct place. Always use the same door and take your dog to the same place when training them to wee or poo outside. You should always go with them to reinforce positive praise and commands such as ‘be quick’ so that they know that they have to do a wee etc. This is super useful before bedtime or when you’re heading out on a car journey etc. Stick with a rigid food schedule so that your dog starts to develop a routine, and carry them outside every 20-30 minutes (a guideline for dogs up to around 12 weeks of age). You have to be persistent, but there’s no reason why your dog won’t pick up this important in time. 

Thanks for checking out our puppy training exercises list. We hope that you enjoyed reading through our different pointers and that you might have learnt something along the way. Remember, if you’re ever unsure about anything or don’t know whether an action is right for your dog, then contact your vet for more information. It’s also essential to use the proper treats when training a dog and to take their required calory intake into account aswell. Again, consult your vet if you need any help. 

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