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Start training your puppy at an early age if you want a well-behaved pet

Start training your puppy at an early age if you want a well-behaved pet

Dogs can make the most fantastic pets for families, couples and singletons. However, your wriggling, bundle of fun puppy soon grows into adulthood and training your pet is an important aspect of dog ownership that should not really be neglected. Teaching your puppy ground rules in the home and letting him recognise that good behaviour is an expectation at home and outside will help you achieve far more enjoyment from owning a dog and ensures trust is built up between you.

Reasons to train your dog

Dogs can be disruptive and boisterous in the home and outside if they’re not disciplined from an early age. They need to understand their place in the household as they are pack animals and can begin to think of themselves as “pack” leader of the entire family. This can cause problems, particularly if you have younger children or vulnerable people in the home.

Teaching your dog not to jump up or steal or beg for food are important training tasks that you can start from the day your new pup enters the home. Barking, mounting, jumping on furniture, destroying toys, pawing and mouthing are also undesirable behaviours for dogs, so kicking off your puppy training by establishing rules in the home is a good way to ensure your pup develops manners and discipline.

Socialisation skills

Socialisation is important for pups. Whether with other dogs and pets or with humans. And, enrolling your puppy in a reputable training school is one way to ensure good behaviour. You won’t be able to take your dog to classes until he’s had all his vaccinations, but you can get in touch with the instructor beforehand and pick up some useful training tips to follow in the meantime.

Puppy socialisation is recommended by the Kennel Club, and should be carried out by both breeders and new owners. It can help puppies settle better in their new home and should be carried out until your dog is at least 16 weeks old. You can source a socialisation plan direct on the Kennel Club website if you want to learn more.

Socialisation planning helps ensure your pup receives important learning at the most critical development phases in his life. It includes common household noises and going out to meet other dogs and new people. Socialising your pup from this early age helps ensure he interacts well with other dogs and people, both in the home and when you’re out and about.

Dog training classes

You can start training your pup from a very young age, but won’t be able to take him to regular dog training classes until he’s had all his vaccinations. You should display continual patience with your pup, although he’s eager to learn and wants to please you, he won’t pick up all the essential skills straight away.

Going to recognised training classes can help your dog even more with socialisation and he can also learn from the other dogs. Some of the behaviour learnt at classes includes walking on the lead and to heel, responding to his name and coming back when called, sitting on command and learning to stay in one place when told to do so.

Good quality dog treats can be ideal positive reinforcements to help your dog learn and are used to treat good behaviour and learning of commands. You do need to ensure the treats offered are suitable for your pup, however, as some treats are not recommended until adult teeth are in place.

Continuing to reinforce lessons and training commands in the home and while out and about is much easier when you utilise positive reinforcement techniques. And, you’ll be amazed by the speed your young dog learns, when he knows a tasty treat reward could be the likely outcome!

A well-behaved dog will give you hours of enjoyment and fun, so establishing good behaviour and putting the ground rules in place while your puppy is young is important. Check out more useful positive reinforcement dog training tips on the Bounce and Bella blog. We supply a variety of tasty dog treats, including grain-free treats and treats with added vitamins or Omega supplements. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more about the reasons our healthy treats are the ideal training solution for your dog.

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First time getting a dog? You need these facts

We all love pets, hence our tendency to go the extra mile to make them comfortable. Like getting a dog trainer to assist us in handling our dogs. Below are some facts you need to know if you’re getting a dog for the first time;

• Adopting a dog beats buying
Adopting dogs comes across as a sound cost-cutting measure since pets aren’t acquired cheaply. It presents the perfect opportunity to look after their welfare. There are so many adorable abandoned dogs out there in need of a home. Why not guarantee at least one creature a safe shelter before buying puppies?

• Get a dog that matches you
Obviously, there’s a dog for every lifestyle and environment, and instinctively dog breeds behave differently. Before adopting or buying a dog, assess its natural predispositions and needs as well as your expectations in accordance with your lifestyle. For instance, a Chihuahua may add aesthetic beauty to your home while a German shepherd enhances security around the place.

• Complement dog training with feeding
Picture you and your dog bonding over the best healthy dog treats available in the market. It’s ideal to practice training with treats when your dog is young as it guarantees your dog’s responsiveness. There are treats for dogs on a diet and grain free dog treats – what’s more, the best dog treats for huskies and the best dog treats for training German shepherds are completely different. Pick a treat that suits your dog to a T.

• The dog trainer is your primary point of reference for training
In this information age, there’s always a tendency to supplement the dog trainer’s work with tips read on online forums. Well, while seemingly harmless, you might end up confusing your dog and disrupting all progress made in basic dog training commands.

Instead, enforce your dog trainer’s manual and instructions while at home. Such routines speed up the learning process for the pet. Discuss tips you pick up online with the trainer first to determine their suitability.

• Go for nutritious grain free meals
The benefits of grain free treats range from the prevalence of vitamin E and omega 3,6,9 for dogs to their ability to satisfy the nutritional needs of puppies more than 16 weeks old. The main ingredients in these treats are potatoes and chicken blend, turkey, and duck. Remember, puppies begin training at this age, and they need lots of energy and concentration. Unlike junk dog meals, these treats ensure steady weight gain and the general health of your dog.

• Dog accessories can cause injury
At times, we get our dogs a new accessory as a treat – a leash, cord or another toy. Sadly, some of these items don’t meet safety standards and may end up injuring not only your beloved pet but also the trainer. Let your dog trainer recommend or pick out appropriate dog accessories.

• Your dog is unfit
A physically fit dog is usually active and responsive to the trainer. However, an untrained, unfit dog exhibits a lethargic attitude especially in learning new commands. In most cases, a trainer’s only choice is to schedule some more training hours until the dog gets fit and catches up. The dog owner also has to engage the pet in more physical activity in between training sessions.

• Come for dog training too
If we’re going to train the dog so it can get used to the owner’s commands, why not teach the owner to respond to its needs? Unknown to most owners, their inexperience to dog needs and behaviour can simply aggravate the dog’s misconduct. A trainer will insist on coaching the caregiver in what to do in a range of circumstances so that they can have an improved relationship with the trained companion.

• Dogs are social animals
Some owners tend to cage and lock down their pets for their safety. Somehow, they’re expected to thrive in such confinement. But dogs are the polar opposite. Just like us, they feel the need to establish relationships with other dogs and humans. Only then do they learn to be friendly while adapting to their environment and growing their unique personality. A socialised dog fares amazingly well in training.

• Be patient
Dog training is a repetitive and challenging task. The dog owner has to be patient with the trainer and his pet companion. Training follows procedural schedules, each command consuming ample time while preparing the dog for the next step.

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How to house train your new puppy

How to house train your new puppy

Your new puppy may be cute and adorable – but the mess he’s leaving around the house most certainly is not! While the odd few accidents are to be expected during your dog’s first few months, the time will eventually come when it needs to know that going to the toilet inside your home is wrong.

So, how do you go about training your puppy to use the back garden, rather than his bed or the inside of dad’s slipper? In this blog, we’ll run through a few key things you should know when house training, including training with treats.

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