Training your Staffie puppy takes discipline and repetition, but it is well worth the effort. It is important that you are firm but loving to your puppy during training. Teach the basics in order of difficulty, building off of each command, starting with how to sit, then how to stay and come.
- Decide on treats
Pick out a treat or two that appeals to your Staffie puppy. This ensures that you can maintain your puppy's attention during training.
- Establish a firm resolve
Staffie puppies need a gentle but firm approach. They require discipline, but they are also a sensitive breed that needs affirmation. Start any training regimen with a firm yet comfortable resolve.
- Teach the puppy to sit
Start by teaching your puppy to sit as its first command. To do so, stick the treat to the puppy's nose, and slowly lift it above its head. As you do so, the puppy's head lifts to watch the treat, and its bottom should naturally sink to the floor in the "sit" position. Praise the puppy as soon as its butt touches the ground. Add the word "sit" as you lift the treat into the air so that your Staffie can make the connection between the action and the word. Continue practicing this until the Staffie sits on command.
- Practice staying
Start by telling your puppy to sit as you stand beside it. Move in front of your puppy. Then, slowly step away while saying "stay." At the same time you are doing this, have your hand open wide with your palm facing the puppy. If your puppy remains in the sit position, keep your hand the same way. Continue saying "stay" as you move back toward the puppy. If the puppy remains in position, give the dog the treat as soon as you are by its side, and immediately praise the puppy.
- Instruct the puppy to come
Have a friend hold your puppy by the collar as you tell the puppy to sit and then walk across the room from it. Make your puppy sit for a few seconds, and then call it to you by saying "come." Your friend holding the collar should let the puppy go at the same time that you say "come." As soon as your puppy starts heading toward you, praise it. When it reaches you, keep praising it, and give it a treat.
- Additional training
Additional training to consider involves leash training and socializing the puppy so that it is used to being around other people and animals. If you want more advanced training, seek out puppy classes in your area that provide more complex commands and discipline.