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Training tips for very young pups

Hey everyone!

I recently became a dog owner for the first time! My little Remmy is 9 weeks old and I love him to bits. I have a few questions about his obidience training and such that I just haven't been able to find anywhere online, so I thought I would ask those of you who have been in my shoes!!

I'm home all day to be with Remmy and I want to make sure that I'm doing things right so I dont end up with issues down the road!

Even though he is only 9 weeks, he knows the commands sit and lay down 100%. He also knows lets go inside and runs for the door. We're working on having him sit so I can go in first, but its 50/50 right now.

I'd like to know if he is too young for treats for training purposes? Will it upset his tummy cause he's so young?

I also want him to learn to walk with me in the backyard on leash so when he gets the last of his shots we can go for long walks, but as it is, he is always sitting and eating dirt/grass/rocks/leaves/his tail. He wont walk more than a few feet without stopping to eat SOMETHING. ANy suggestions?

Also, what is the appropriate amount to feed a 9 week old? the vet said 1 1/2 cups of food daily, 1/2 cup each meal, but he scarfs it down in less than a minute and spend the next 15 looking for more with the single mindedness of a zen warrior. Should I feed more?

SOrry for all the questions!! I'm just a paranoid nervous new mum!
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You can use kibble for treats or quality low fat treats like Zukes Mini.

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Welcome to you and Remy. He looks very cute in the picture. People will want to see more pictures. It sounds like you're making good progress with him.

I'd follow the vets recommendation on amount of food but others may have more specific comments. In terms of training treats you can always use some of his regular food as treats. I used small pieces of puppy biscuits without any problems. He's still very young. I'd get him used to a leash but not worry too much about walking very far with it. I'd work on getting him to respond to his name and paying attention to you. There are lots of you-tube videos out there to help you. Good luck!

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I found some puppy friendly treats that I've been using to help train Bella. She now sits on command and is starting to give high fives as well.

Walking on the lead is something we've also started, though just in the house as the garden is quite wet and muddy. Some of the time she just sits and won't move, other times she grabs the lead in her mouth and wants to play tug. The treats are helping with this, as soon as she walks well with me she gets one. Having just had a border collie who would pull your arm off this is a big thing for me and we'll be spending a lot of time working on walking to heel.

Feed wise our breeder said a small cereal bowl of food twice a day, but the vet recommended a similar amount spread over 3 or 4 times a day instead.
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wow this is a great post. I'll be in your shoes mid December and those are all the questions I have too! I'm impressed that he knows sit and lay already!
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I have a lot of time to train right now, being home with him all day!!

Thanks everyone for the responses!!
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We use freeze dried liver bites for training. & small biscuits for treats.
Thinly sliced wieners work also.

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