Puppies do seem to mature at different rates making it difficult for many people to know when the best time to start training with their new puppy is. Puppy training, when is the right time to start training a puppy? House training, or toilet training, should begin as soon as you bring a new puppy home. Always start by being positive and anticipating when your puppy needs to relieve himself. Verbally praising highly as he goes where you want him to. Dogs were den dwellers in the wild. Their denning instinct tells them not to relieve themselves where they sleep. If you keep your puppy in a small room, or crate, at sleeping time he will learn to hold it until you let him out. First thing in the morning, or when he demands to go out, take him to where you want him to go toilet and verbally praise him as he does.
I always tell people not to use the word “No” with their new puppies for the first week or two in a new home. Spoil and pamper your new puppy focusing on bonding before anything else. Many people think they should just let a puppy cry and wine when they are left alone, they believe if they go to him that it will make him a cry baby dog. This is not true that first week. Again bonding with you is the most important first step. You can reassure him and make him feel good about his new home without giving in to the crying. After all he is probably missing his mother and litter mates.
Get him used to a lead, just let him drag it around at first or lead him to his food. Do not make him feel restricted by it. Many dogs don’t like the lead at first, they want to fight it. If you take it off because he fights it, he will fight it to get you to take it off. Put it on and off a lot, at play times, meal times, or just for fun. Never leave a lead on if you are not going to be right with him.
Once your puppy has settled into his new home, you can start working on socialization. The more friendly experiences we can set up for him the better for socializing. When a puppy has only friendly good associations he is going to be a good friendly dog.
Last and most important NEVER ever hit a dog or puppy, not with anything ever, for any reason. Hitting is confusing sending mixed messages about hands and makes a dog feel you are mad at him, not what he did or is doing.