Those of you acquiring a puppy from us have inquired about training, especially house training your new family member. I strongly encourage you to learn as much as possible about training your new dog. Not only will you have a better dog, but you yourself will become a better dog owner by gaining insights and understanding into your dog's psychological make up and behavior patterns.
I believe the single most important item a puppy needs to learn is that you are the trainer and he/she is the trainee. This relationship structure can only come about by you the owner/ trainer being consistent and firm, while at the same time being the puppy's best friend. Your most important tools are food and affection, neither of which should ever be given while the dog is exhibiting unacceptable behavior. The new puppy is growing fast both physically and emotionally and he is fast learning habits, both good and bad, that will be difficult to change later. That is why I stress consistency. Every mistake you can prevent and every successful action now, makes your job that much easier to accomplish. There are many resources available on the internet and in books. The ones we link to here are just some of the many good options
Training should not be approached as an unwelcome task or chore. If you do neither you or your dog is going to find it a positive experience and failure is certain. Training is nothing more than a series of "games" that you play with your dog. When he plays according to the rules, as demonstrated to him by you, he wins a reward in the form of a treat or affection. Take things very slow at first and try one thing at a time. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Start with the basics. Build up a history of successful "steps" and your dog will progress with enthusiasm. Never show frustration, and stop before the dog gets tired or bored. Always leave him wishing for more. Good luck and have fun!