If you’ve received a new puppy or for Christmas, you’re going to have your work cut out for you training him or her. Training a dog can take a lot of work, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Here are a few simple dos and don’ts to keep in mind:


  • Start training your puppy as soon as possible.
  • Practise at home first, before going out in public.
  • Keep it short and fun – no more than 15 minutes at a time.
  • Make your commands clear and consistent.
  • Above all… take your time and be patient.


  • Let your dog get bored or try training them when they’re tired.
  • Scare, or physically punish, your puppy.
  • Run after your puppy when you want them to come. They’ll think it’s a game!
  • Expect too much too soon.

Here are some bits and pieces you might find useful when you’re training your dog:

training clicker for dogsdog training spraypuppy training padsgreen rope dog toy

Training clicker £1.99

Wilko Pet Behave training spray£3

Wilko training pads x30£6

Wilko rope dog toy£3

Who’s a good boy… or girl?

It’s nice to treat your dog, especially when you’re training him or her, but always use treats designed for dogs and don’t give too many. Here are some good ones:

Kong chew toymeaty dog treats with beefchewy puppy treats

Kong chew toy£7.49

Wilko meaty treats with beef£1

Wilko chewy puppy treats£0.89

Other useful pet posts:

Bringing Your New Puppy Home

Bringing Your New Kitten Home

What’s My Dog Telling Me?


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