Useful Tips

  • Dog training classes are a great way to socialise your dog but remember that whilst in class, play with other dogs should only be allowed (as a reward) if your dog is happy to respond immediately to your command.
  • Play adds an extra dimension to a dog’s life and can make training fun.
  • Your dog needs to know its name so that you can gain its attention. This is essential learning for the dog before you can expect it to respond to commands and signals.
  • Always be consistent to avoid confusing your dog.
  • Be patient. If you find yourself getting annoyed with your dog during training, stop what you are doing, walk away and do something different. Try training later on in a different frame of mind.
  • Train for short spells on a regular basis. This will help to keep your dog interested.
  • Start as you mean to go on. Do not allow your dog to develop bad habits.
  • Dogs respond to body movements and different voice tones, which can all be used in training.
  • Understand your dog and learn to anticipate its next move.
  • Handle and stroke your dog gently every day with constant praise so that it gets used to being handled.
  • Remember that a trained dog is a happy dog, so persevere!