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Training your puppy

A well trained and socialised puppy is less likely to cause injury to themselves and to others. We hope this guide will provide you with some helpful advice to get you on your way to training your new addition!

•Socialise your puppy: You need to make sure your new puppy meets many different types of people and animals, and that these experiences are positive. Don’t overwhelm your puppy, but do a little socialising everyday. Attending puppy training classes can be a good way of socialising your pet.

•Positive training: Reward based learning can be effective. Rewarding your dog for good behaviour positively reinforces their actions, and can lead to future good behaviour.

•Give them boundaries: As soon as you bring your new puppy home you need to set them boundaries. You need to teach them gently but firmly what is acceptable behaviour and what is not.

•Manage chewing: Puppies chew when teething and throughout their adolescence. Make sure your puppy knows what he/she is allowed to chew and what they are not allowed to chew. Give them plenty of chew toys or other things they are allowed to chew and change them regularly. Do not leave your puppy in places where they can damage valuable things.

•Being left alone: It is inevitable that sometime in your dog’s life they will have to be left alone. You need to train your dog from an early age to accept being alone. Start with short spells when they are a puppy and increase gradually.

•Ask for advice: Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. When your puppy goes through adolescence it can be a very difficult time for you as an owner, don’t be afraid to get support. Ask your vet or other experienced people for their advice. Also there are great dog training classes that you can attend if you want outside help.

•Help out your vet: There are ways that you can help out your vet, for example, touch your puppy’s ears and check their teeth when they are relaxed, so they get used to these actions. Gradually introduce your puppy to grooming in this way too.

•Be patient: Don’t forget that it may take time for your new puppy to learn, be patient with them and don’t give up.

•Other useful tips:

Make sure your dog knows its name before you start training, as this will be vital for them to respond to commands.
Always be consistent with your puppy, don’t confuse them. Train in short sessions on a regular basis, instead of long sessions when your puppy will lose concentration.
Don’t let your dog develop bad habits, stop misbehaviour from the start.
Dogs respond to different tones of voice and body language, use this in training.
Stroke and handle your dog everyday so they get use to human contact.