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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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When is it best to train?

I have an 10 week old GSD. My question is, when would it be best to start training him the sit,down, & stay command? Early mornings, later in the evening? before or AFTER his meal?
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I train in short bursts with every opportunity.
Any time the pup wants attention is a good time to start working on "sit" When I'm getting ready to put his bowl down, "sit" while I lower it to the floor. I alternate throwing toys to chase or other play with the occasional lure into a sit or down.
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I buy NB food rolls and train obedience with food reward in the morning and/or evening before a meal when my dog is hungry. She works much better when she doesn't have a full belly.
Your puppy is young. Lure it into you and with you with food. Recall is the first thing I worked on. Stay is redundant. Release prior to the pup breaking its sit or down. Baby steps. Repetition.
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I also do several short sessions a day with a young puppy. Definitely before a meal rather than afterwards. With some puppies it wouldn't matter (both Keefer and Halo worked well for food even after a meal) but generally, it's better to do it prior to feeding. You can use some of the dog's kibble as a training treat, or mix it with something more interesting.

I found "stay" to be a bit more complex of a concept, so I saved that for a little later. But you can start with sit and down immediately. You can also work on name recognition, focus, and a recall right away too, using food rewards. Rather that putting a cue to any behaviors right away I start by luring, as ausdland and Dainerra mention, and also by capturing behaviors the puppy offers up spontaneously by marking and rewarding them - puppy lays down: "yes!", toss a treat. Wait for puppy to lay down again, mark and reward. Rinse/repeat. Once it's clear that the puppy is going to lay down, use your verbal cue right before he does, then mark and reward. Basically, anything you want to encourage him to do, you can reinforce by rewarding him when he does.

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