Once you have your brand new puppy at home, you need to start thinking about training him or her, as there is nothing worse than a badly behaved dog. It’s never too early to start puppy training.
Here are a couple of puppy training tips that will perhaps help you to understand the best way to go about training your dog.
1. Puppies tire really easily, so don’t spend too long on a training session, give them time to sleep!
2. Dogs do not naturally understand English – we need to teach them.
3. Your dog will be watching you intently for facial expressions and your body language – so keep it concise.
4. A young puppy’s metabolism is much faster than we think – the younger your pup, the faster he is growing so the more he needs to eat and drink. So training your dog to be clean in the house is essential. Housebreaking is the first thing we all teach our puppies out of necessity.
5. The attention span that a puppy has is minimal, so concentrate on one command at a time, once he has got it and you are sure he understands, move on to the next one.
6. Spread your time with the puppy between, playtime and training – try and keep training fun as well.
7. It’s a good idea to get your puppy used to wearing a collar while they are still being kept indoors (till their vaccinations with the vet). This always feels strange to them, and it takes a bit of time for them to get used to it. You could always walk him in your backyard with a leash – this way he won’t be so troubled when you take him for his first ‘proper’ walk.