Socialization is process of meating new people and animals where puppy is learning how to behave properly. And it is easiest for them to learn all these things naturally as puppies. And you should not only socialize larger dogs like Labrador or GSD but also small Chihuahuas and Yorkies. Socialization is a must for all dogs! It makes sense, if your puppy will be meeting a lot of people and other dogs and have fun with them, than he will grow into confident and secure dog. But if you will not socialize him, he can grow up into dog that will be afraid of strangers and he might even be agressive towards them.
With well socialized dog, you will have a lot of fun and everyone will wants to be around him. Walks with unsocialized dog might turn into nightmare. So its up to you, but if i am on your spot, i would go out with my puppy right now and i would let strangers to pet him, let him sniff other friendly dogs and just show him other people. The more places puppy is taken and more people of different age will know, it will be better for his life.
Watch video of how i socialize my Labrador puppy:
Lie down is one of the few basic commands every dog – no matter what breed it is – must know. You should train your dog how to sit, before you start with lie down, if you dont know hot to do that, i am giving you link to my How to Sit video in description. But back to the lie down command – after you get your dog to sitting position and get his favourite treat close to his nose. Slowly lure the dog into lie down position and always say clearly the command „Lie down“.
Watch our full guide how to teach a puppy to lie down here:
Sit is the first command your puppy should be learned. And its pretty easy too, as you will se in this video. Andy got it at 8 weeks of age and after two days of training. All you need to do is hold treat close to dogs nose and slowly move your hand up and back to your dog so he will naturally sit. When he got to the sitting position say „Sit“.
At the beginning, always show your dog affection and give give him treat, after he will sit, but never give him a treat, if he does not. As always, patience and consistency is the key, never push your dog to the sit position. After your dog will master this command, ask your dog to sit before meal or before leaving for walk. You can also add some distraction or start doing this command without treat.
This is how i trained my dog to sit:
Teaching your dog his name is the first thing you should do after getting your new puppy. And teaching your puppy to respond on his name is not hard at all. All you need to do is do some sound that will bring your puppies reaction to you and after he turns at you or even go to you, tell his name with clear voice. After that praise him and give him treat.
Be very patient and never punish your puppy if it does not react as you wish. Puppies must be trained with positive reinforcement only, all punishment will cause you troubles in future. After some time, when you are sure, that your puppy know his name, make the training little harder. You can use some distraction – throw him a toy and than call his name and wait if he will react or you can train in park or some other place, where your puppy get distracted easily.
This is how i trained my little puppy its name:
If you fail training with large dog, you might get yourself into big troubles. If your large dog become agressive, stubborn, too independent or vicious, you might cause someone injury or just live with uncontrollable pet.
Luckily, there are some large breeds, that are very easy to train. This does not mean, that you don´t need to train them at all. You will still need to spend a lot of time with socializing and teaching your dog to be obedient. But with some breeds, these tasks are way easier than with others.
Among easy to train large dogs belong German Shorthaired Pointer, Rottweiler, Bernese Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever. If you will get one of these dogs, your job with training will be much easier.
Watch our video about Large dogs that are easy to train: