Oh, i think training IS fun. If it is NOT fun,
you are doing it wrong.
I think you can start right off. Getting NewDog to pay att'n to you, is never a bad thing.
Helping NewDog learn a new way to be around poop or items on counter, is not a bad thing. should be fun for him to figure out what you want.
I LOVE KIKOPUP, TOO, SHE ROCKS!! she focuses primarily on behavioral issues, all her videos are so great, so easy for me to understand, and they are so short to watch, too.
I did not use the method Kikopup uses when i taught Buddy "leave it",
but, back then, i had not heard of Kikopup back when i taught "Leave it"
I started with low value treats
, like bread, on floor , not too close to the dog,
and put my hand in chop sign, between him and the bread,
and said "leave it"
and rewarded my dog for leaving the bread alone.
I sat right next to my dog for first lessons, and had bread far away at first.
I never ever ever used the bait as his reward.
I had other treats to reward him with, never using the bait.
Overtime, i used increasingly tempting treats, and had the treats closer and closer to the dog,
made chop hand signal, and said "leave it".
Overtime, i faded out my presence beside the dog, slowly,
so i can be across the room,
and have yummy treat right by my dog,
and he wont' touch it.
Now I can leave a hot steamy steak, right in front of Buddy,
tell him "leave it"
and go away,
and he will not have touched that steak.
It wasn't that hard to teach, starting with low value treats far away from dog, and slowly advancing along.
after Buddy learned "leave it"
i took him by poop, all the time, and gave "leave it" cue, to many different poops, for many days and weeks,
and Buddy got the idea. He did. I don't remember how long it took til he walked away from a poop all by himself, without even a cue from me.
I say, teaching cues is fun, and you could start in right away teaching anything you want, so long as you are postive only, and keep beginner lessons short, like 5 or 10 minutes for beginner dogs.
Kikopup begins her lessons with her new dogs on day one
. I've seen the videos of her doing this, is how i know. She posts "Here is my new dog on day one....", and begins to show what lessons she did, on day one.
I'd keep all beginner lessons SUPER SHORT,
and i follow all lessons with playtime<---to help Buddy release excitement and to help Buddy think lessons are fun, and so Buddy knows when lessons are over i say "all done" and begin to play with him,
and my dog LOVES his lessons, just loves 'em.