It’s never too late to take your dog back to school. Whether your family’s welcoming a new puppy or you’ve been living with your best friend for a while, dog obedience training is always the best way to build a strong bond with your pet. The time you spend together while teaching them important skills and new tricks will strengthen your relationship. Besides, rewarding a happy puppy with their favorite treats is probably one of the single cutest things we love most about training our dogs!

Our team at MediPets took dog training into consideration when we designed some of our CBD dog treats. Trainers need treats that are convenient and easy to carry, while dogs deserve treats that really reward their tastebuds. That’s how we came up with our Chicken Training Bites. These bite-sized treats tuck easily in your palms for training on-the-go, and the screw top container means you can throw them in your bag and take them anywhere.

The easy peasy convenience of these training bites means they’re great for leash training a dog. So if you and your pup are aiming for the AKC’s Star Puppy Program, you’ll want your puppy to be able to walk in a straight line on their lead. You can practice this at home by bringing these treats with you on your regular walks and rewarding your puppy with one or two treats for all of his straight steps.

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Puppy Preschool: You can start training your puppy at 7 weeks old

According to The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the first 3 months of your puppy’s life are the most important when it comes to training and socialization. At 2 months old, puppies should be experiencing as much of the world around them as is safely possible. And you’re the lucky human who gets to be their guide!

Consider yourself the “puppy preschool teacher”. Start training your puppy to walk on a leash or harness at 7 weeks old, which will give them more opportunities to explore, experience a variety of things, and meet new creatures. You can also start teaching them basic commands, like sit and stay. These will come in handy as puppies start to grow more confident and more curious about the world around them.

Training a puppy can be overwhelming, especially if they’re ornery or stubborn sometimes. Not every day is sunshine when you own a dog. But as a responsible pet parent, you’ve gotta know when to be tough and when to relax. It helps to remember that dogs, like all students, get bored or frustrated. Avoid the boring back to school daze by giving your pup a change of scenery. Get out of the backyard and check out that new dog park or hiking trail. The new sights and smells can get your puppy excited about training again, and you might also benefit from a fresh, new perspective.

>Dog Training Tip from MediPets CBD: If your puppy is particularly moody about dog training, try our CBD oil for small dogs. Put a few drops of this low-dose pet CBD oil in their bowl of water every morning that you plan on training. A little water before your training is a great way to start the day and the added CBD will be just the boost needed so the two of you can really enjoy training together.

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Take your dog back to school with obedience training classes.

No matter their age, consistent training helps dogs recognize and remember which behaviors, skills, and tricks you want them to learn and master. You don’t have to be a certified dog trainer to teach your dog obedience skills, but taking classes with someone who is can ease the burden of training. 

Consistency in your training, especially when it comes to rewarding the good behaviors and ignoring the unwanted ones, is the easiest way to successfully train a dog. However, it’s not always so easy to get started. Taking your furry friend to dog or puppy training classes can help both of you manage your new training routine. Obedience classes typically last six weeks and include basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. Puppies can also learn how to walk on a leash.

Obedience training classes are also great opportunities for your dog to socialize with other dogs, and humans too! It’s one of the most exciting parts about taking your dog to training classes. You, as the owner, get to see how your dog interacts with new dogs, and both of you have the chance to make some new friends.

If you notice that your dog gets really excited when meeting new dogs, channel his energy with a few CBD dog treats. Adding 2 or 3 of our specialty biscuits to your training mix can help keep excitable puppies focused while at school. We developed these biscuits to reward a dog’s behavior while also settling their excited or anxious moods. So next time your dog listens to your command to stay even though he’s itching to run and jump on his neighbor in class, toss him a biscuit to let him know he’s being a good boy. 

> Dog Training Tip from MediPets CBD: Our CBD jerky dog treats are great to treat with before class starts, so reward your pup with one for having a good car trip. The positive reinforcement will help your dog learn to associate car rides with positive experiences, making travel easier on both of you.

Ready to head back to dog school?

If you’re ready to head back to dog training school, make sure your pup is up to date on all of their vaccines. Young puppies that are only 7 or 8 weeks old don’t necessarily need every one of their vaccines before starting puppy training classes, but it’s important to stay up to date with them while enrolled in training. Most - if not all - obedience trainers will ask for these records, so it’s best to keep them on hand. 

If you don’t know where to find dog training classes near you, visit AKC Training Programs to get started. Remember, at the end of the day, the best trainer your dog could ever hope for is you. So don’t lose your patience and show them that you love them, and always keep their favorite treats handy so you can reward your dog every time he’s a good boy!