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 – £1.99
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 toy – £7.49
Wilko chewy puppy treats – £0.89
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