Good morning readers and happy Tuesday! Today we discuss trick training in puppies. I feel that there is a common misconception out there that you have to wait until a puppy reaches a certain age to begin training it to do tricks. This is just not the case. A dear friend of mine got a puppy this year and over dinner one night I asked her if he new any tricks yet. Her response: “No, he’s only 8 weeks old.” Not to toot my own horn, but Maverick already knew a hand full of tricks at 8 weeks old. And I won’t even try and use the “He’s a Border Collie” excuse. Puppies are much smarter than you think. Just like young children, they are constantly soaking up knowledge about you and the world around them. That is why it is SO imperative that you fill these crucial months with tons of people and training! Any training you do reinforces the bond between your pup and you. It builds his listening and problem solving skills. With proper and consistent training as a puppy, your dog will be much more manageable and obedient as an adult.

Here is a list of tricks that your pup can learn as young as 8 weeks old.

  • Sit
  • lay down
  • Roll over
  • Shake (both paws)
  • Speak

Until next time: Keep Calm and Train On!