Puppy Training Pitfalls to Dodge

Not reinforcing commands consistently confuses puppies. Stay firm and patient.  


Harsh punishment frightens puppies and damages trust. Use positive reinforcement.


Missing subtle body language signals leads to unaddressed issues. Observe puppy closely.  

Ignoring behavioral cues  

Sporadic feeding, walks and play disorients young puppies. Maintain structure.   

No schedule

Puppies have abundant energy needing productive outlets to avoid destructive behaviors.  

Insufficient exercise

Nipping, barking, jumping if overlooked becomes ingrained. Redirect gently from the start.

Allowing bad habits

Socializing in safe settings prevents adult fearfulness or aggression around strangers.   

Skipping socialization  

Dog’s Actions What They Mean