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Basic Training of your New Dog

Once you bring your new puppy home it is important to start training them. This can be achieved by you or a qualified professional. Your veterinarian can suggest a qualified trainer and also direct you to dog training sessions that are available in your area. The first type of training is behavioral which aims to prevent and correct bad behaviors that your puppy may develop. Discipline during the training is of most importance.

Do not allow behavior that will inconvenience you and your dog when they are fully grown. Learning your dogs’ mannerisms on how they behave and being sensitive to their natural feelings together with the type of exercise a dog needs will assist you to properly communicate to your dog. Success and failure can be determined by this. The other method is training a dog to obey the commands issued by you e.g. to “sit”, “come”, “heel” and “stay”. An important training is teaching the dog to heel. A dog needs to be lead and learn how to follow. When you instruct your dog to heel, every other training you undertake falls into place as he will learn how to obey you.

These training sessions should be consistent but also short to avoid your dog from getting bored. A recommended ten to fifteen minute sessions thrice daily is enough. One is advised to train a dog before meals so the dog will translate their meal with a reward for good training. Always call your dog by its name to get its attention before you speak a command e.g. “stay”, “sit”, “stay”, and “heel, down”. When giving out commands speak in a loud clear tone and take time to repeat them. Repetition is necessary in order for the dog to understand and connect the word with its meaning so it you are advised to be patient. Try not to use negative words as it will result in the dog disobeying your commands. Because your dog communicates with emotion, try to tone down your voice to avoid your dog detecting signs of frustrations.

Rewarding your dog with when they respond correctly is also important as it will inspire them to perform. You can use rewards like food, a belly rub, affectionate pat or verbal praise.