Are you wondering how to best train your puppy? Here are some golden tips!
Decide the rules – it is a good idea to decide on the house rules before you bring in your pet, as this can avoid confusion for not just your dog, but for you as well. If you prefer to have the indoors off-limits, this means that they will be outside (and they will need a properly built dog-house and the like for their needs); on the other hand, if you are okay with them being inside your home, you want to make sure of what exactly are their limits. Can they get on top of furniture (such as sofas)? Can they enter every room, or is the nursery off-limits? Decide on these before you bring in the puppy!
Get your dog used to his or her name first – once you have picked your pet, the first thing you need to do is decide a name for him or her! If your new pet is a very young puppy without a name, then of course, it will be easy getting him or her used to the new name. Do not worry though – whilst puppy training Doncaster is relatively easier, you can also get older dogs used to new names. For example, most dogs in breeders or shelters will definitely have a temporary name – and whilst you can use this very name – it is generally a better idea to pick a new name. This can signal a new start in their life, which you want to make sure is as positive as possible.
Arrange the dog’s new home – whilst your home is your dog’s home, he or she too, just as you have your very own room, will need a separate space to themselves. Of course, it is not going to be an entirely separate room (but you can if you want to, that is!), but the idea is that this personal space is not frequented by other people – or better yet, by any other pet of the house. An important part of puppy training is getting your dog used to this personal space, so make sure to reward them when they relax in it!
Reward them for good behaviour – dogs are like small children: they love praise, rewards and being spoilt. You want to make sure to give your dog lots of love, but make sure to do it especially when he or she is on their best behaviour! Rewards can range from pats or treats to a few minutes of play as well – what you need to do is simply show that they should continue to behave in that manner by enforcing it through rewards.