Our puppies start two main aspects of training well before they are apart of your family.
Starting at 4 weeks old we start kennel training puppies. They start with having naptime in their kennels after lunch and afternoon play time. At first they start off with a sibling as a buddy because no one wants to start something new without a friend. By 5 1/2 weeks they take naptime alone in their kennel. We keep doing this until week 7. During week 7 until go home at week 8 we have 1 hour naptime after early afternoon romp. By the time they go home they have weeks of nap time in their kennel. Kennel time shouldn't be stressful or a punishment. It is their personal den and quiet place to relax. From 4 weeks on they always have one small kennel with the door removed in their play area. We will start to see puppies taking extra naps and quiet time from playing in their kennel.
At 6 weeks old using cooled boiled chicken breast or lean cooked ground beef as a reward we start using the "here" command. As they get closer to 8 weeks old we can be anywhere on the main floor and say the "here" command and they will come running. The last week if they have it down perfect we try and add sit to the end of the command. BUT we never say the command without a food reward at this age.
For Families that are out of the area we have a 25% discount code of: FancyPants for Baxter & Bella online dog training. This is a great online training from 8 weeks and beyond for your puppy. You can even teach your old dog some new manors. This is also a great resource for local families that are going to participate in CGC training for inter training from 8 week to the 4 months to fill the gap between go home and starting in person training.
An easy way to start is downloading the Baxter & Bella app on your mobile device. These have helpful tools like the 100 things to do with your pup in the first 30 days checksheet. Like take your puppy through a carwash, carry them through Lowes, knock on different services in your home to desensitize to door knocking.