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What Should I Teach Him First

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Greetings!! I got my wonderful puppy 2 weeks about and I just love him to pieces. He is a 10 week old yorkie/poodle mix and VERY playful. I am currently using the crate method to house break him and it is going OK I guess. I really want to start training him but am not sure if he is ready. We have tried to teach him to understand "NO", His Name, "KENNEL", and "POTTY" but it is not going so well. He is doing very well with his name and "NO". I really want him to go into his crate on the KENNEL command but it really is not working. He just wants to play all the time. POTTY is also not going so well but I know that one will come with time.

My main question is should I try to teach him one thing at a time or multiple things at once? My #1 priority is the KENNEL command. After that maybe SIT and STAY. I plan on getting him into a puppy training class is a few weeks when I get back in town but in the mean time should I simply continue trying to teach him the KENNEL command?
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Some of these things you don't have to train per se, just use the words consistently. Every time you put him in his crate say crate. Everytime you go outside say outside. Everytime he is going pee say 'Hurry Up' and so on. He will learn those words eventually, just like he will learn the word 'walk' even if make no effort to teach him it, LOL. I'd recommend focusing your training sessions on getting things like 'sit', looking at you when you say his name, etc.

Oh yeah, try not to talk to much. Some people constantly yabber at their dogs. I'm not sure how they learn any voice commands.
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