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Time to tackle training

12th February 2021

A well-behaved dog doesn’t happen by accident − it takes training, consistency, and perseverance. Could it be time to start training with your four-legged friend?

Aside from providing mental stimulation, training is something that can benefit your dog throughout their lifetime. The earlier you begin, the sooner you can correct unwanted behaviours and establish desirable ones.

The RSPCA recommends a rewards-based training method which allows you to reward your dog for positive acts but ignore any bad ones. This style of training reinforces the bond between trainer and dog, while also showing that good behaviour results in a treat!

IGNORING BAD BEHAVIOUR - When our pets do something wrong, it’s natural to growl at them. However, no matter the tone, you’re still offering attention for something you don’t want them to do. If you ignore the behaviour, your dog will begin to learn that they get nothing out of the situation.

You can apply rewards-based training in many scenarios. For example, if your dog jumps up on you, you can ignore them until they get down, and then offer a reward. It won’t be long until they associate good behaviour with a reward.

TRAINING CLASSES - It’s crucial to start early with your puppy. The critical socialisation period is between 3-17 weeks. During this time, they learn how to communicate with other dogs, and master social cues.

Consider signing your puppy up for puppy school. They get to interact with other dogs while learning vital obedience skills − like sit and stay.

You might not think that you can teach old dogs new tricks, but training classes can also be valuable for older dogs.

THE BENEFITS OF DOG TRAINING - Dog training can require a lot of effort and consistency, but it can all be worth it.

You can enter into social situations with confidence, knowing that you have control over your dog. It can also promote a stronger relationship between you and your dog. You’re not as stressed about trying to manage their behaviour, and they’re more responsive to you.

Finally, a well-trained dog under supervision is safer as you can call them back from unsafe situations, such as running onto the road.

Daily training may seem like a lot of hard work and energy in the beginning, but it’s worth the effort. Enjoy a comfortable life with your pet, and benefit from many years of a relaxed, happy, and responsive dog.