Training your pooch can be difficult at times, especially if the techniques you’re using aren’t working – which, in turn, seem to be transforming your adoring, beloved pup into an uncooperative, stubborn mule.
But rest assured, there are ways to break through this and make a positive change.
First things first; when you are choosing a new dog to take home, ensure you do your research on different breeds beforehand. It is always good to be well-informed of any pros and cons before falling in love with those adorable puppy-dog eyes gazing up at you. Opt for a dog that is suited to you and your lifestyle; a dog is not just temporary – a dog is for life. The Breed Selector tool can help with this by identifying the most suitable breed for you and your family and lifestyle.
- Once you have chosen your new member of the family, ensure all the necessary vaccinations are carried out, register with a local vet and get some quotes on pet insurance. Don’t forget to buy your dog an engraved dog tag should your puppy decide to go walkabout.
- Always begin training with something simple, as this will help your dog pick things up a lot more quickly which is more fulfilling for your pet. This will put you in good stance for better results throughout the rest of the training.
- During the training period, ensure you train your dog in intervals rather than for long periods of time. It can get quite repetitive and laborious, and your dog may lose interest and get bored – just like with humans.
- Make sure you don’t repeat commands. Work one command at a time and stick to it. If you carry on repeating your command, your dog will not obey immediately and will wait for it to be repeated numerous times.
- If your dog tends to bark a lot, your first action should be to find out why your dog is barking. Once you know why your dog is barking, you are able to intercept and help resolve the issue.
- Don’t always reward your pets with treats when they do something right. Your dog will then associate certain traits with food and this sets an expectation, so mix it up a little.
- Don’t get frustrated when training your pet. There may be some tough hurdles ahead but it will be very rewarding when your dog is fully trained up, adjusts, and becomes a permanent member of your family.
- Familiarising your dog with new places can make him or her feel comfortable in unfamiliar territory. Ensure your dog is acquainted both with its new home and with other places you visit often. This helps to prevent your dog running away in a desperate bid to get back home. Ensure you invest in a dog tag for your pet in case he does go AWOL.
- Another way to avoid your dog running away is to ensure you take it out for some exercise regularly; most dogs attempt to run away out of loneliness or boredom. Keep your pooch entertained with games like fetch – this is also a great way to keep fit yourself too!
- Surround your dog with items of comfort such as blankets and toys, along with something that smells of you (an item of clothing, perhaps?) to help your dog familiarise itself with your scent and presence.
- Ensure your home is a happy place, a place where your dog will want to be. Don’t neglect your dog – give them a designated area where they can retreat to with their toys and bed.
- Treat them now and again and play with them often – your dog needs your time and attention, just like a child would.
- Treat your dog to a nice, comfortable collar. Ensure it is a collar that your dog cannot remove too easily, and make sure it has a pet ID tag. The tag should include your name, your address and the best phone number to contact you on.
For more information and loads of tips and ideas on looking after your new puppy, check out our free Puppy Guide. To buy a new tag for your new pup, take a look at our broad selection of engraved dog tags, here.