Basic Puppy Training - what does it include?

"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

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 encouragment.
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.

Stop Barking

For a dog to bark is quite natural and we should not seek to eliminate all barking. However, barking can be a nuisance to yourself and to your neighbours, although it is a problem which can be overcome.

Excessive barking is often related to an insecure dog who is attention seeking, so firstly we must ask ourselves – “Is there anything I can do to put my dog at ease, and give it the attention it needs?” This is a subject on which many books have been written, and animal behaviourists thrive. The best advice is to use common sense, check that your dog is not over-dominant, and train it with love.

Perhaps our natural reaction to recurrent barking is to shout at the dog until it stops. This is something that most of us have done, and whilst it can bring short term results it seldom solves the problem and can even aggravate it by teaching the dog that loud is good!

 Your dog may bark at visitors, when the doorbell rings, the newspaper drops through the letterbox  etc.  The first thing to do here is to train all the family in a united approach which may be to say “thank you” at the first bark and then command the dog to sit. In other words you are saying “Your job is done, now let me take over.” You should not let your dog become the dominant partner in your relationship.

 Dogs often bark when playing outside within a secure garden, and any passerby or loud noise is the trigger for such unwanted barking. These are the times when you are not present, and which can be a cause of neighbour unrest which may even lead to a complaint to the local authorities.

It is here that modern training aids come into play in the form of an anti-bark collar. This should NEVER, NEVER, - EVER be an electric shock collar which is cruel. You should use a painless training collar which incorporates a harmless spray to discourage barking. This is the method favoured by vets and animal behaviourists, and which has been proven to be  88% effective.

This painless spray collar simply emits a spray at each bark, but is sufficiently tuned not to go off at any random loud noise so that the act of barking is easily associated with a sudden spray beneath the chin. It works! (well, 88% of the time)


The painless collar has the great advantage that you are able to decide where it is worn, and so you can associate places where barking is not wanted and places where it is OK – for instance indoors at night when the dog can warn against intruders.

 

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.