Let's get you and your pup off to a quick start on training.
Including treats and play in your time together is the biggest of the training tips that I can offer. Also, working together for short time frames (5 minutes or so) are good. Your Sheltie has a short attention span when young.
Blend what you are teaching into her play time with you. You may want to try your hand at using the clicker as well.
Karen Pryor began the technique now known as clicker training
She began several decades ago as a trainer for WHALES! And if she can get a whale to do what she wants using a clicker, I figure I should try any tips she has to offer.
There's a simple Puppy Training Kit PLus that would be a good start. And this DVD brings the process to life for you.
As Your pup gets older his attention span will increase and sessions can get a little longer if you wish.
More training tips: Use exercise to reduce any over exuberance in a pup before you begin working on a particular task. The exercise should be fun and the amount determined by her.
Even if you have a tiny back yard, a free romp with you is great. "A tired dog is a good one".
Learning to walk on a leash is something to start early too. If your Sheltie doesn’t want to walk on a leash at first, put the collar and leash on and then just let her drag it around the house for an hour or so every day for a few days.
You can also try carrying her about half a block away from home and then putting her down to walk back home a few times. Some don’t like the idea of leaving home, but feel ok about returning. (Just one of many tips a Sheltie puppy taught me.)
Over exercising a pup by expecting it to walk long distances can lead to joint problems later that can last a lifetime. So please don't over-estimate how far your Shetland Sheepdog can go. Be prepared to carry your pup when it gets tired. This isn't so much a puppy training tip for him, but for you:A Front Pet Carrier is really handy for when you need to carry your pup.
You wouldn't think a little pup would get heavy, but trust me, your arms begin to get tired. So for walks in the park bring one along and give your little one periodic rests.
Tip: Activities such as jumps in agility or learning to jog long distances with you is not part of training when you first bring your pup home. This should be reserved for AFTER the bone plates in the legs have closed.
That means when they finish growing. Figure a year to 18 months old or check with your vet.
Yes, yes, I know, your Sheltie will jump and spin and leap all on its own. That’s fine. She will stop when tired on her own which is different than being forced to run on a leash or practice repetitious jump exercises for agility.
Even as an adult, remember, shelties are a herding breed which tend to sprint not do long distance running. Please keep that in mind if you plan to jog with your Shetland Sheepdog when he is grown. Watch for signs he is tired. They will do what you want until they drop, so it’s up to you to learn to read him or her.
Canines need to be conditioned to do any exercise just like humans. Don’t just wake up one day and decide that your Shetland Sheepdog is going to go jogging for 3 miles without building his stamina up. Build the distance up slowly.
Last of the puppy training tips: Check her feet, pads and nails and keep them trimmed and healthy.
There is certainly tons more to learn about training your puppy, and there is always more than one way to skin a cat as they say. Look around, see what fits you and give it a try. Click here for more puppy training tips and resources.