I talk mostly about puppy potty training, but, another very important tool in dealing with your puppy is dog obedience training. What I want to make sure everyone realizes is that when you potty train your puppy, this is not the same as obedience training for your dog. This seems intuitive, but I see so many dogs that are potty trained but have no obedience training at all.

You don’t want a dog to go potty in your house. That is why you house train them. Well, you don’t want a dog that misbehaves either. You want a dog that behaves well and does what you say when you give a command. But, for some reason, a lot of dog owners stop working with their dog after potty training. These dogs won’t soil their home, but they may jump up on people, they don’t come when called, they pull when on the leash, and much worse.

Why do people fail to follow through with dog obedience training? I haven’t found the answer to that yet. Bottom line, if you want to have a well behaved dog as an adult, the training must start when they are a puppy. You can either train them yourself, or take classes, or even hire a dog trainer for private sessions.

This is not to say that you cannot train an older dog. Any dog at any age can be trained, if you put in the work. An older dog can be potty trained as well, which I teach in my book “Quick and Easy Puppy Potty Training.” It will just be easier and faster if you start when they are a puppy.

There are plenty of helpful books and DVDs out there so you can start teaching your puppy at home, or you can sign up for a local obedience class near you. Many pet stores offer classes for a reasonable fee. Also, a lot of animal shelters offer classes. If you adopt a dog from a shelter, they will most likely let you know about this.

Even if you decide to train your dog with a profesional dog trainer, it is a good idea to read books, watch DVD’s, and learn as much information about dog training as you possibly can. This will help you form a solid relationship with your pup as you learn and practice training techniques.

Don’t stop at puppy potty training. As you begin to work with your puppy, start to look into dog obedience training. If you want a complete dog, one that is well behaved and is easy to interact with, and one that you are proud of, then you need dog training.

Remember during all the ups and downs you’re sure to face with a new puppy, try to keep your attitude and energy positive, stay patient and focused on your goals, and consult with professionals when you run into obstacles. All of this will pay off in the end when you have a loving and lovable companion.