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Training your puppy

Training your puppy

  • Basic commands

    Teaching your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience. Dogs are fast learners who rely on you for their training. Training also helps to nurture your relationship. Reliably trained dogs have an easier and less stressful life than their untrained counterparts, and are less liable to stray.

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  • Teaching your puppy good manners

    Puppies are born only knowing how to be dogs, so it's normal for them to jump, bark, nip and even bite. As you will soon discover, most normal, healthy puppies go through phases (some of them more than once) that can make you wonder why you wanted a puppy to begin with. But with the right amount of care and attention, you can teach your puppy how to behave and grow up to become a model citizen!

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  • House rules

    Before you bring your puppy home, it's important to agree some house rules with every member of the family, especially children, as being consistent is vital to avoid confusion. But just having rules isn't enough - it's also important for everyone to apply them in a consistent manner once the puppy arrives.

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  • Toilet training your dog

    House training should start as soon as your puppy gets home. Puppies urinate frequently and success in house training depends on anticipating their needs - they should be given the opportunity to relieve themselves at least every two hours.

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  • Walking on a lead

    Teaching your dog to walk properly on a lead is a vital first skill. If your dog is pulling and straining at the lead, it means that you are only controlling him with physical restraint, rather than good training. Not only that but, as he gets older, the physical effort involved in controlling him could be overwhelming for particularly young or old dog-walkers, especially with some of the larger, stronger breeds.

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  • Training your puppy

    Your new puppy’s training should start the day he arrives in your new home. From using your puppy’s name as often as possible to being introduced to other puppies, this petcast offers invaluable advice on how to introduce good habits early on.

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  • Recall Training

    Puppies grow up very quickly and with the new-found independence that adolescence brings, he’ll want to explore his surroundings in search of new friends and activities. Not coming when called is one of the most common training problems in adult dogs. The key to avoiding recall problems is to start young and teach your puppy to come on command while you’re still the centre of his world.

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