You have your new puppy and are excited to start training your puppy. After all, they are so smart and training is fun! So what should you teach your puppy first? Typically, everyone teaches sit first. Then, people like to teach "shake" and sometimes other tricks. But as a dog trainer, I would advise to hold off on some of the tricks while your puppy is young.
No, I am not a scrooge. I love teaching tricks as much as anyone else and believe me, I find them to be more enjoyable and sometimes a little tempting to want to do just tricks with the dog instead of focusing on more important skills. Puppies love to learn and absorb information like little sponges. While they are this malleable, this is the best opportunity to focus on skills your puppy actually will need. And it doesn't need to be boring; if you make the training fun, it will be fun for you and your puppy. Focus more time on sit, down, the puppy paying attention to you, coming to you, crate training, walking on a leash, socialization, drop it, impulse control, and being handled. You can even throw in fun hand targeting (with the pu