Training a 10-Week-Old Puppy – Our Goals This Week

We are starting our 3rd week with weimaraner puppy Remy already. Can you believe that? He’s getting big, about 18 pounds.

Overall, we keep saying what a good puppy he is, but of course we have a lot to work on and we’re having a few issues too (aren’t we all?).

If you have a new puppy or a new dog, it helps to write out a few goals for each week. Weekly goals are good for puppies because so much can change in just 1 week.

Below are my goals for puppy Remy who turns 11 weeks old on Thursday. In the comments, let me know what you’re working on with your dogs.

2019 update: Remy is 3 years old now and doing well! Still hyper but pretty good overall. Haha.

Goals for my 10-week-old puppy (Third week home)

Training goals for my puppy

Basic obedience training

1. Sit in all sorts of environments, working up to 30 seconds and releasing with “OK!”

2. Adding “stay” but not really moving away yet, maybe just a few inches.

3. Down (as in lie down) in lots of environments but especially at home to make sure he knows it really well. We’ll work to 5 or 10 seconds.

4. Introduce “drop” (as in drop what’s in your mouth) in scenarios I set up and while playing fetch. (This puppy picks up every rock he sees. I’m guessing that’s not normal?)

5. Continue working on waiting for food. We’re up to about 15 seconds!

Socialization

1. Sit outside somewhere like the post office where people come and go and have treats.

2. Visit local park down the street after school when kids will be out. Bring treats!

3. Visit a dog friendly patio/coffee place.

4. Keep up with our daily walks around the neighborhood, try to pick different routes.

5. Handle his feet and give treats. Clip a nail or two each day. He squirms a lot, so I’ll release him when he’s calm.

6. Introduce him to the bath tub for a quick bath

General behavior

1. Make a point to ignore whining for attention when he’s crated in my office. I think I’ll use a clicker and “click” and treat the second he’s quiet.

2. For chewing and getting into things, don’t repeat “no.” If he ignores my first “no” and re-directing isn’t working, just calmly put him in his kennel for 10 minutes.

3. Reward calm behavior around cats and older dog Ace. Re-direct him if he bothers them. Kennel him for a few minutes if not calming down.

4. Continue working on walking all the way to the potty area without being carried! Good boy!

Beamer and Remy

Exercise

1. Continue our routine of 30-min morning walk and longer evening walk. Add a short afternoon walk or training session. He needs more interaction.

What’s going really well with our puppy?

1. Remy is doing really well with potty training, thanks to me for taking him out often! And thanks to the crate for giving me a break.

2. Remy is good at leaving my three senior pets alone. He realizes they are boring and grumpy.

3. This dog can already go for 30-minute walks at least. Thank God. I can’t imagine how energetic he’d be otherwise!

4. He’s very smart and picks up on things quickly.

5. He’s learned to wait for his food and water, up to about 15 seconds until I say “OK!”

6. He is friendly with strange people and dogs and not afraid of much.

7. He sleeps through the night 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and usually we wake him up. He also settles in his kennel throughout the day as long as he’s had some play and interaction. Thank God.

8. For the most part he’ll hang out quietly in my office while I work.

Training a 10 week old puppy - Ace and Remy

Our puppy challenges so far

Our issues are probably pretty normal:

1. He bites us a lot and will continue to do so for awhile I’m sure. He gets really wild in the evenings. Why is that often the case?

2. My older dog Ace is actually being a bit out of line with aggression. He’ll lunge at Remy when it’s inappropriate like if Remy simply walks by. So I’m mostly managing that for now as I know Ace is not feeling good. Thankfully Remy leaves The Grump alone!

3. Remy seems to get fixated on certain things like picking up rocks or having to touch every single oil spot or other spots on the street. He also gets obsessed with the cat scratching post and the towels our cats sleep on (not cool). Re-directing him doesn’t always work so he usually ends up in a “timeout” for a few minutes.

4. He pulls on the leash hard already so we’ll have to start using some sort of training collar. I don’t want him to hurt his neck and I want my walks to be enjoyable.

5. Feeding time can get a little “exciting” around here with a food-crazed cat and a hungry-hippo of a puppy.

So that about sums it up. What have I gotten myself into? 🙂

What puppy advice do you have for me? Or, what puppy questions do you have?

Let me know! Please and thank you.

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25 thoughts on “Training a 10-Week-Old Puppy – Our Goals This Week”

  1. Every puppy and breed are different, but we’ve noticed that picking up everything off the ground is fairly standard behavior for Lab puppies. Great goals! We have a manual that outline what are puppy should be doing each week. Guide dogs uses training collars, but they won’t put it on a puppy until he’s at least 6 months old. I’m using a martingale/easy walk harness combo for Archer. Good luck with this weeks goals!

      1. Totally normal. Mine tried to bring comically large sticks home from walks until she was older than I care to admit.

  2. When Scout and Zoey were puppies, they had evening craziness. I always thought it was because of a second win after eating. Today we play with them when we get home, 30 minutes after meal time, and now that it’s summer, before it gets dark.

    They’re zonked at night now. They’re also 2-1/2 years old; so easier to manage.

      1. Did you say you had some puzzle toys for Ace? We were very careful about balancing exercise with a growing puppy of a breed prone to joint issues, so brain games were really helpful in burning off some energy. She loved her Nina Ottosson Dog Domino and would happily work that for ages. I used part of her meal (she ate kibble back then) with very tiny higher value treats mixed in, and as she got the hang of it I’d make it harder by not hiding a treat in every space. She will still get excited for that toy when I ask her, “Do you want to play your game?”

        1. Lindsay Stordahl

          Ace doesn’t have any of those but I’ve used them with other dogs. I’m sure Remy would love that.

  3. My pup tries to eat rocks, too! So maybe it is normal?! I was thinking Link was a freak. I was jealous Remy could already stay put for 15 straight seconds around food, but I felt better when you mentioned the biting. Link has an aversion to any form of “stay”. He just keeps barking at me and bouncing around like he’s confused and frustrated. He doesn’t bite though! Least mouthy puppy I’ve ever heard of. So I guess we all have our battles.

  4. We use gentle leaders or haltis really early on. 11-12 weeks is fine for introducing it. Otherwise, I recommend the martingale or limited slip too.

    One major difference in how I approach puppies, though, is that I think Remy is way too young for structured walks of that length. Based on the pups I’ve seen, I think your expectations are way off base on expecting him to walk nicely (no forging or lagging) for 30 minutes + at that age. It’s not about whether he needs the exercise or can handle the distance/pace. It’s that walking on a loose leash with the appropriate focus to the handler in the face of so many great distractions (and rocks to eat!) requires an impulse control that most curious and confident puppies simply haven’t developed yet. This is normal.

    I use a combination of training tools or simply long leads to let a puppy explore new places or go on outings without having to manage loose leash walking on 6ft or shorter lead. I make sure the pup gets exercise in other ways. Then we introduce more structured no-pull walks in 5 minute increments. 5 minutes, then 10, etc. And I simply won’t “do” pulling on lead. If the puppy is just pulling and pulling, then he’s prob not set up for success. This isn’t really the same as an adult dog who you foster or adopt and has the habit of pulling ingrained.

    Otherwise – yes, some puppies eat rocks. Normal. Annoying. Eventually they outgrow it (most do). Sensitive puppies may stop if you have a firm enough No. Bold puppies…will eventually outgrow it. (You said No to THAT rock, but this OTHEr rock? looks good!).

    Mouthing or biting is one of my automatic crate time-out things. It does work with consistency. The difficult thing is that if you use the time-out kennel too much, they fall asleep and get very off schedule.

    Last, evening hours can be like that (for puppies and the human children too). Normal. But I’d examine if Remy is overtired too. Puppies need a surprising amount of sleep and it can be hard to tell the difference between normal puppy nonsense and overtired. Also growth spurts often need extra sleep beyond normal lots of sleep. A puppy who is extra wild and extra zoomy and bitey? Probably needs an earlier bedtime (or equivalent boost in sleep time), not a behavior time-out.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I’m sorry, I wasn’t very clear. Our walks are not structured at all. They are quite chaotic! I’m not expecting him to heel. Our walks are very casual just for getting out and about socializing and burning energy. He’s all over the place exploring and we might do a few seconds of focus, like sit. Sometimes he runs. Sometimes he lies in the grass. Sometimes he goes crazy and pulls ahead.

      I think you’re right about the being naughty when he’s tired. I find that he tends to throw a “tantrum” and then crashes.

      1. That’s a good point. Mine hasn’t thrown a tantrum in over a year but she would get zoomy when she got tired. It’s one of those behaviors that wore off so quietly that I forgot it until someone mentioned it. Enjoy even the puppy crazies, they are gone before you know it. You’ll love your mature adult just as much (maybe more in some ways), but I sometimes miss the endearing pup she was.

      2. That makes sense about the walks!

        Yeah, it’s hard to feel bad about “go to kennel, do not pass go” for naughty behavior when they are asleep in 10 seconds after. 🙂

  5. Life got busy for me, and I’m behind on reading. Congratulations, he’s absolutely adorable! I now have a slight case of puppy fever…

  6. My girl had evening craziness too. In fact, we had a “biting portion of the evening” during which she was just nuts, it was like she was too wound up and couldn’t calm down. We finally figured out it usually meant she needed to go to the bathroom (#2) and might need a little help with that, so a short walk or a jaunt around the backyard on leash so she could move around and get things moving was helpful.

    1. I feel so much better after reading this blog post! I have a 10 week old weim puppy and we are all having our struggles with him. He gets bored with toys very quickly, chews, pulls on the leash, eats rocks, doesn’t listen or respect me. He also gets bitey with me when he wants to rough house with our older dog who wants nothing to do with him. We are all struggling with this puppy. I feel awful that I didn’t recognize until recently his biting and bad behaviour is just him needing more exercise. More walks and socialization it is!

  7. My sisters and I were all wild in the evenings the first 6-9 months, but then after some play time, we would crash out totally for the night. We were also wild after eating, but learned real quick after food comes a nice long nap to prevent any bloat issues. Poor Ace. Hope he is doing alright with the youngster. Katie wasn’t thrilled with Bailie, but she did enjoy playing tug a war with her.

  8. My boy was 6 months old when I got him from he breeder. He was supposed to be potty trained but despite going out every 2 hours he would go inside. I finally used a retractable leash (live in an apartment) and he went potty outside. I have a pad inside, which he uses when I am not watching him.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      You mean you don’t want him to pee in the house at all, right? I would use a crate/kennel when you can’t supervise and have him on a leash by you otherwise. Keep taking him out often and reward for doing so. It might take a month or two but he should catch on. They key is preventing those accidents.

  9. YES to everything Sean said. Get your boy on a Gentle Leader now. You’ll just continue to have pulling issues if you choose to use a martingale or chain collar. Plus, a GL can help you with the rock eating. Be sure to never yank on it, though, when you make a correction. That can really cause physical damage to the dog. The GL company has great how-to info on their website. I think you’ll be pleased with the results if you get Remy using it ASAP. There are ways to entice him to get familiar with it if he doesn’t take to it easily. Those would involve food. 🙂

    Another suggestion I have for you is adding a hand signal to the sit, down, and stay commands. Do it now while he’s a baby and you’ll be grateful for it later when he’s an adult. You never know when a silent signal to him might come in handy. Good luck! Looking forward to reading more about him.

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