For a long and happy relationship, it’s important to start training your dog from day one. So here’s some basic dos and donts to get you started!
- Start training with your new dog or puppy as soon as possible
- Keep commands clear and consistent
- Take your time and be patient
- Keep sessions short (15 minutes maximum) and fun
- Practice at home first, before trying it out in public!
- Stick to one new command per training session
- Be positive – reward success, don’t punish failure.
- Finish with some play – your dog will want to train again next time!
- And then finish with a treat!
Always give your dog an enjoyable long-lasting chewy treat to relax with at the end of a session, or he may become frustrated when the rewards/treats stop!
- DON’T expect too much too soon.
- DON’T tell him off if he gets it wrong.
- DON’T train him if he is tired.
- DON’T let your dog get bored
– stop immediately if you see this happening.
- DON’T shout or physically punish him
– it will make him scared of you and may cause him to become aggressive.
- DON’T chase him when you want him to come
– he’ll think it is a great game and will run away even more.
- DON’T try to train him in an area with lots of distractions
– such as other dogs, people, noises, smells.
- DON’T expect him to understand a command until you have taught him what it means.