How to Get an Uninterested Puppy Excited for Training

Do you have a bored, lazy, or uninterested puppy, but you would like to have fun training him? If so, read this page!


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    Understand why your puppy is uninterested, bored or lazy. It could be because it isn't getting enough exercise, his food upsets his stomach, he's sick, or a bunch of other reasons. Once you find the reason, try to reverse it. If he's sick, take him to the vet as soon as possible. If you think he's sick but not sure, still bring him to the vet ASAP so they can check him.
    • If your puppy is uninterested because he thinks it's "boring" or "not fun", you have some work for yourself to do. Is it because you don't use treats or praise? Is it because he responds better to clickers than treats? Or is it because your training sessions are too long? Puppies should only train for fifteen minutes at a time, with a 5-10 minute break in between.
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    Try using different treats with different flavors, aromas, and "yummy" level. Try using freeze-dried liver, cheese (in small bits), cut up sausage, ham, and bacon (in small bites). These will make training even more fun and exciting, your pup won't want to wait to see what treats you're using!
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    Try getting some toys involved! Every puppy loves toys! Get some plush toys, ropes, balls, etc. or what ever he likes!
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    Try speaking in an excited voice to him to get him excited. Dogs can tell the tone of your voice, although not all your words, and know that if you're excited about something, they should be, too!


  • Look at the portions of food at mealtime you are giving your dog. Check the back of the food container to see if you are feeding him the right amount. If you are giving a home-made diet, or still have doubts call your vet, tell him your pup's weight and height, then tell him the portion size. If you are afraid you are feeding you puppy too much and if that is why he is sluggish, you should ALWAYS schedule a feeding regimen with your vet. Also, make sure when measuring you dog's food, you use a standard measuring cup, never guess.
  • Your puppy may be uninterested or too tired to train. This could because he just went on a walk with you, did a vigorous play activity, etc. If he just did some exercise, let him rest until he perks up a bit. Then, you should start training him.
  • If you want to get really into the different treats, use cut up portions of bananas, mangoes, apples, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, carrots, cucumbers, and so much more! You could even use bits of scrambled or fried eggs!


  • Do not change his food all together if this is the problem. Add small amounts of the new food in with his old. Add more than the day before for each day, until it is all the new food. (this will take about 5 - 7 days). If you don't do this, your pup could become sick, because a quick change from food can upset the stomach.
  • Make sure you remove all seeds from the fruits, your dog could choke on them. (Also, do not give your dog grapes or raisins!)
  • Macadamia nuts, and chocolate are also dangerous for dogs.
  • If you decide to try training with eggs, make sure they are hard-boiled, scrambled, or fried, and make sure the egg is not runny. If the egg is runny it means it is not cooked, and if it isn't cooked your dog may get sick.

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