Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
At that age I was having 3-4 training sessions a day for as long as I could hold his attention. Sometimes that was two minutes, other times it was 10. You have to judge your dog the best here, because you never want to make them do it, and you always want to make it fun and end them on a good note.
That said, at 13-15 weeks my dog knew how to sit, down, stay(1minute), shake, walk on a loose lead, come (for then, anyway), not to chase cats, and knew his name. The most important things to teach from a young age are sitting, downing, staying, focus work (which he lacked on), walking well on a leash, leave it, and drop it.
Rewarding them with multiple treats and toys alike can keep it fun, and playing games like the come game (two people standing 10-20 ft away in the yard with treats, one calls, the dog comes, gets a treat, then the next person calls, etc. etc. back and forth) make it very fun and he doesn't realize he's training. You can also use premack opportunities to train (such as sitting at the door before you go out, sitting before food, sitting before being released to play with other pups, etc)
Good luck with him!
Danielle, owner of...
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