The First 7 Things You NEED To Teach Your Puppy

In order to successfully raise a well-behaved and happy puppy, there are seven key teachings that should be prioritized. This blog post explores the essential foundations you need to establish for your furry friend’s development. From basic commands to socialization skills, these crucial lessons will not only ensure your puppy’s safety but also contribute to their overall happiness and integration into your family. Let’s dive into the first seven things you absolutely need to teach your beloved pup.

The First 7 Things You NEED To Teach Your Puppy


Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time, filled with joy and anticipation. But it’s important to remember that puppies are like sponges, eagerly soaking up everything they see and experience. As a responsible puppy owner, it is crucial to establish a strong foundation of training early on. In this article, we will explore the first 7 things you need to teach your puppy for a harmonious and well-behaved companion.

1. Potty Training

One of the first things you need to tackle is potty training. This fundamental skill ensures that your puppy understands where they should relieve themselves, saving you from countless accidents around the house. By establishing a consistent routine, using positive reinforcement, and being patient, you can help your puppy become potty trained in no time.

2. Sit

Teaching your puppy to sit is not only adorable but also essential for their safety and well-being. A puppy who can sit on command is easier to manage in various situations, such as when greeting guests or crossing the road. With the right techniques, such as luring with treats or using a clicker, you can teach your puppy to sit in a fun and rewarding way.

3. Stay

The “stay” command is vital for keeping your puppy out of harm’s way. Whether you need your puppy to stay put while you answer the door or prevent them from dashing into the street, teaching them to stay is a must. Starting with short durations and gradually increasing the time, you can create a reliable stay command that will keep your puppy safe in any situation.

4. Recall

A strong recall command is crucial for every dog owner, as it ensures that your puppy comes back to you when called. This skill is especially important when you are out in public or need to prevent your puppy from chasing after something. By using positive reinforcement, rewarding with high-value treats, and practicing in various environments, you can train your puppy to come back to you every time.

5. Loose Leash Walking

Walking your puppy should be an enjoyable experience for both of you. By teaching your puppy to walk politely on a loose leash, you can avoid leash pulling, frustration, and potential injuries. Set your puppy up for success by using rewards, such as treats or praise, to reinforce walking by your side. Consistency and patience are key when teaching your puppy to walk on a loose leash.

6. Leave It

Puppies are naturally curious and tend to sniff and explore everything they encounter. Teaching them the “leave it” command is essential for preventing them from grabbing dangerous items or gobbling up something harmful. Start by practicing with less tempting objects and gradually increase the difficulty. With consistency and positive reinforcement, your puppy will learn to leave things alone when told.

7. Settle

Teaching your puppy to settle is a valuable skill that helps them relax and be calm in various situations. This command is particularly useful when you need your puppy to calm down, such as during mealtime or when visitors arrive. With the help of soothing music designed specifically for dogs and consistent training, you can teach your puppy to settle comfortably in their designated area.


Training your puppy is an ongoing process that requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. By focusing on the essential skills outlined in this article, you can set your puppy up for success and create a strong foundation of training. Remember that personalized help is available to guide you through the training process, and you can find a wealth of useful information on McCann Dog Training’s YouTube channel, store, podcast, and website.


  1. Do I need a training plan for my puppy?

    • Yes, every good puppy owner should have a training plan to establish a foundation of good behavior.
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    • Absolutely! McCann Dog Training provides personalized help to ensure you and your puppy succeed together.
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    • Yes, the Life Skills program is fully supported by a trainer and designed for dogs of all ages.
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