How to train your puppy in a natural and positive way

How to train your puppy in a natural and positive way

In this article you'll find out how to train your puppy in a natural and positive way, and what is the most important thing a puppy should learn, like how to socialise or how to pee outside.

If a puppy has just become part of your family, you're probably wondering how to train him. Here at NATURAL TRAINER, we believe in the importance of creating a good relationship with our dogs from day one. In this article, you'll find some general guidelines on how to train your puppy in a natural and positive way, so that your connection becomes stronger.



  The arrival of a puppy in his new home is always a happy time. His first weeks at home are very important for his adjustment and for learning a new routine. This is why it's essential to train and educate your puppy in a positive way.

  • The most important thing for a puppy is socialization, which means learning to relate to people, other animals and his environment. This includes car noise, crowds of people, children, parks etc. The idea is to expose him to everything that will be part of his adult life in a natural way.
  • He must also learn how to calm down when he is stroked. It is important that he feels your touch all over his body: legs, belly, ears. At the end you can give him a reward in the form of food. Puppies love food and will be far more motivated to learn.
  • In order to teach him how to do his business outside, a good idea is to establish a walking routine that is always at the same time. Dogs prefer to go out as soon as they wake up or after eating, and prefer to go to the same place, because they consider it safe and familiar. Reward him with strokes or food when he does his business outside.
  • You can say “no” in a firm voice if he does his business in the house, but only at that time. Dogs live in the present and do not associate a reprimand with something they did in the past.
  • Puppies get to know the world through their mouths and it is normal for them to bite. You can say “no” in a firm voice when the dog bites the furniture or your hands, and offer him toys that he can bite instead. When he uses them, you can reward him so that he learns that it's the right thing to do.
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* When training a puppy, patience and firmness are essential. Puppies are full of energy and vitality, and for them everything is a game. Brief sessions of 5-10 minutes are best because it is difficult for them to stay focused, given that they still have the entire world to discover.

* Motivation is a fundamental pillar when training your dog. Talk to him with affection, stroke him and give him rewards: this will make your puppy more receptive to the message you want to convey and he will associate training with something positive. It is important to train your puppy respecting his nature and his pace, so he learns in a natural and positive way.

* The key is to make the experience fun so that it's enjoyable for you and your puppy. You can teach him things as if they were a game. Your dog will be happy to receive so much attention and will try to please you. Additionally, training strengthens your bond, stimulates your dog's mind and encourages him to learn day by day, entertaining both of you.

* Simple words are easier to remember. Short words such as “stay” or “sit”, or gestures such as extending the hand are easier to absorb. Some dogs learn words better and others learn gestures more quickly. Every dog is different and you have to find out what works best for each of them.

* Dogs respond better to sweet and affectionate words than to shouting. A word can be used in a stronger tone when they make mistakes or behave badly, but screaming and punishing them can scare them and make them resist training.

* Teach one thing at a time. It's better to teach one thing first and then move on to the next thing, step by step. Patience is very important when learning how to train a puppy.

* When a dog is full of energy, he has difficulty concentrating. He wants to play and have fun. It's a good idea to start training after walking and playing, in a quiet place. Dogs are much more receptive this way.


As we have seen, training a puppy can be simple and very beneficial to living with your dog, since it strengthens your bond with him and can also be great fun. Patience, firmness and motivation are the fundamental pillars for good training.