Puppy Training Basics

Giving your puppy a proper training is an imperative part of owning a dog. A properly trained dog can be very useful, obedient and most of all, your dog will have a better life and less stress. However, many of us are wondering when to start training their puppy. The correct answer is as soon as possible. This makes their growth and living much better and easier.

The first thing that you must do is to show your puppy a pack leader trait. It’s natural that puppies tend to follow a pack leader and a pack leader is someone who’s strong, stable and consistent. Part of the selection process when you’re choosing a place for dog day care is to find a business that understands this. What’s the connection? Most of the time, we approach our puppy in a cutesy manner, making your puppies think that they can take advantage of you. That’s why most of the time, if we frequently exhibit such behavior; our puppies won’t follow our commands and will start chewing, biting, barking, leash pulling and the likes.

If you are puzzled as to why your puppy won’t follow your commands, it is because they think that they can take advantage of you. You must practice leadership, and teach your puppy in a quite stubborn, but forgiving manner. The first step towards this is using verbal commands and routines.

Commands and Routines

The two most important words to teach you puppy is “No” and “Good”. “No” means stop “what you’re currently doing” and “Good” means “I like what you’re doing”. These correction words must be taught to your puppy as early as two months old. This praise and correction words will enable your puppy to learn the dos and don’ts. Before you move on to other word-training, make sure your puppy have learned these phrases flawlessly.


Make sure that your puppy respects you. And not just an ordinary respect, it should be a respect like a leader. This is imperative because your puppy could easily words and routines, but without enough respect, they may choose not to fulfill or follow them. Respect training is something that you really need to perfect.

Training Routine

As I’ve said earlier, you must have your puppy understand the correction words properly before going further. These are the fundamentals and if you can control your puppy’s behavior completely, you can move on to the more advanced training sessions like:

  • Walk on the leash without pulling
  • Come when called
  • Lie down
  • Wait inside the door or gate, even when it’s open, until you tell him he can go through
  • Stop barking when you say “Quiet.”
  • “Give” or “Drop” whatever is in his mouth when told
  • And more

All you need to have is a systematic training with consistency. Be stable and have a sense of leadership and your puppy will respect you.

Why BSL Needs to Stop?

BSL is the acronym of a law called breed specific legislation. It’s a law that bans or restricts a certain breed of dogs in a particular municipality, city or even country. This law is created for the purpose of eliminating possible accidents and injuries caused by dangerous dogs. Most of the time, BSL is often misconceived as a law banning specific dog breeds, but the truth is that it’s also a law about restriction. Today, you’re going to learn why BSL needs to stop. If you’re too lazy to read, BSL is a waste of time, resources and effort. Why and how? Let’s go further.


When a city or municipality passed the BSL or breed specific legislation, the breeds defined in the law as a dangerous dog must be removed. After the date of implementation, usually immediately or after a certain grace period, all banned or restricted breeds are usually killed by an animal control service. However, there are certain scenarios where these soon to be killed dogs can be saved. This usually requires a relocation, where the dog is transferred outside the city or municipality.

If we take some time to take a look at this law, it’s inhumane and we’ll make it look even worse by discussing many wrong things about it. Imagine killing a dog because of a certain law? Let’s go further.

How BSL Works

There are certain procedures required for a banned dog breed owner. One of the most usual case is a mandatory registration of the dog to the city/municipality. Here are some others:

  • Muzzle the dog in public
  • Spay or neuter the dog
  • Contain the dog in a kennel with specific requirements (6’ chain link walls, lid, concrete floors, etc.)
  • Keep the dog on a leash of specific length or material
  • Purchase liability insurance of a certain amount
  • Place “vicious dog” signs on the outside of the residence where the dog lives
  • Make the dog wear a “vicious dog” tag or other identifying marker

However, one of the worst things about BSL is that it isn’t really a breed specific law; instead, it’s all about appearance. If your dog looks like a pit-bull and pit-bull is banned, then you have to comply with the law. Also, pit-bull isn’t really a breed, it’s a class of dog and most of the time; BSL doesn’t target breed but the class. That’s one of the reason why BSL is also known as BDL or “breed discriminatory law”.

BSL is Useless

There are a lot of studies done that proved BSL is useless. Some of the reasons are:

  • BSL does not improve public safety or prevent dog bites.
  • BSL ignores the plight of victims and potential victims of non-targeted breeds.
  • BSL is costly.
  • BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed—something that has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively.
  • BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners.
  • BSL does nothing to make irresponsible dog owners accountable.
  • BSL punishes responsible dog owners.
  • Not a single canine welfare organization supports BSL.