“A trained dog is a happy dog”
All puppies have to be taught good manners and self control. They are eager to learn and will enjoy pleasing you by learning quickly. It can be a most rewarding experience, and it will stand you both in good stead throughout your puppy’s life. It is never too early to start.
Basic training includes responding to its name, come, stay, lie, sit, walking on a lead and greeting friends, children, strangers and indeed other dogs in a polite and non threatening way.
There are many books on this subject – and you are encouraged to buy a least one book. You will find the expense and time spent reading it well worthwhile.
When training, you must start as you mean to go on – don’t keep changing your attitude and methods as this will only confuse your puppy. If you are feeling grumpy, then don’t train on that day as the puppy will pick up on your negative attitude, and you can easily destroy previous good work.
Training should be fun, and puppies will readily respond to a cheerful voice. Be patient and do not rush through the lesson as this will only confuse your puppy. Give it time and give it love.
Keep lessons short and simple, not trying to cram too much into one session. Use treats and toys to help you, and lavishly praise a lesson learned.
Your training will influence your puppy for the rest of your life together, so get it right! You will almost certainly benefit from it.
Dog Training Classes
There is almost certainly more than one dog training class near you, and it is vitally important that you choose the one in which you feel comfortable.
Ask around – friends, family, your vet, and check your local paper for adverts.
It is a good idea to start training classes as soon as possible after the vaccination process is finished and your puppy can safely socialise.
Your instructor should give equal attention to all in the class, and give you both lots of encouragement.
A dog training class should be a happy event to which you and your puppy eagerly look forward to.
If you spend time on basic training this will be rewarded with a happy dog, and one which is not a nuisance to others.
All information on this site is given in good faith, but should never be taken as final authorative advice. In all cases of doubt or query you are strongly advised to check the position with an expert – and your vet is the person to see first.