It’s Time To Switch From Puppy Training To “Dog Training”

As your adorable little puppy grows up, their training needs also evolve. While basic puppy training is crucial for building a foundation of good behavior, the time eventually comes to switch to more advanced dog training techniques. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of transitioning from puppy training to “dog training” and provide you with tips on how to make the switch effectively. So, if you’re ready to take your pup’s obedience skills to the next level, keep reading!

It’s Time To Switch From Puppy Training To “Dog Training”


Puppy training is cute and fun until your furry friend hits five months old, and you realize that they are growing up. It can be confusing to know when to transition from puppy training to dog training. This article will guide you through the process and help you avoid common training mistakes that most pet owners make.

When to Transition From Puppy Training to Dog Training?

Puppyhood is a unique stage in a dog’s life, and the essential training is geared towards socialization and communication skills. However, as your pet matures, their training needs will grow and evolve. Some signs that your puppy is ready for more advanced training are:

  • Your puppy is over five months old
  • Your puppy has mastered basic commands like sit, stay, and come when called
  • Your puppy displays confident and independent behavior
  • Your puppy is comfortable with new people and dogs

Don’t Make Common Mistakes During Training

Training your dog is a process, and mistakes will happen along the way. However, some common training mistakes can derail your dog’s progress and harm their relationship with you. Avoid the following mistakes:

  • Inconsistency: Inconsistency in training only confuses your dog, making it harder for them to understand what you expect from them. Make sure to establish a routine and stick to it.
  • Punishment: Punishing your dog can create fear and anxiety, which can lead to aggressive behavior. Instead, reward good behavior.
  • Overfeeding: Treats are great for reinforcing good behavior, but overfeeding your dog can lead to obesity and health problems. Moderation is key.

Puppy Essentials Training Program Available Online

Puppy Essentials is a beginner-level training program designed for puppies between two and six months old. The program is available online and covers skills such as:

  • House Training
  • Crate Training
  • Socialization
  • Basic Commands

Life Skills Program Available for Personalized Training for Dogs Over Five Months Old

Life Skills is a personalized dog training program designed for dogs over five months old. The program offers customized training plans based on your dog’s abilities and needs. The program covers vital skills like:

  • Walking on a Leash
  • Recall Training
  • Polite Greeting
  • Problem Solving

Teach Important Skills Like Coming When Called and Walking on a Leash

Teaching your dog basic obedience skills like coming when called and walking on a leash is essential for their safety and your sanity. Here are some tips to make training easier:

  • Use Positive Reinforcement: Reward your dog with treats or praise when they display good behavior.
  • Be Patient: Dogs learn at their own pace, and some may take longer than others to pick up new skills.
  • Consistency is Key: Try to keep training sessions short and consistent to avoid confusing your dog.

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Learn About Advanced Puppy Training and Mistakes to Avoid

Advanced puppy training is essential for maximizing your pet’s potential. However, it’s also easy to make mistakes that can harm your dog’s development. Topics covered include:

  • Advanced Commands
  • Tricks Training
  • Agility and Obstacle Courses
  • Socializing with Other Dogs

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Transitioning from puppy training to dog training can be a tricky process, but with the right mindset, patience, and consistency, you can make it a breeze. Avoid common mistakes, take advantage of online training programs, and keep your furry friend safe by teaching them important skills like coming when called and walking on a leash.


Q1: What is the best age to start training my dog?

A1: It’s best to start training your dog between two and six months old. However, it’s never too late to start.

Q2: Can older dogs still learn new tricks?

A2: Absolutely! Dogs are capable of learning at any age.

Q3: Is punishing my dog an effective training method?

A3: No, punishing your dog can create fear and anxiety, which can lead to aggressive behavior.

Q4: How long should training sessions be?

A4: Training sessions should be short, between five to ten minutes, and consistent.

Q5: Is online dog training effective?

A5: Online dog training can be incredibly effective, especially since it offers customized training plans and expert advice from experienced trainers.