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Dog Training

Training makes the difference between a dog under control and an enjoyable companion and an out of control dog that can cause problems. Basic training should include
  • housetraining
  • walking on a leash – beside you and not pulling
  • obeying basic commands - Sit, Stay, Drop, Down, No, Come and Heel.

Successful training
  • Be clear about what you want your dog to do.
  • Praise your dog to let him know that he has done what you want - occasionally reward positive actions with dog treats, a favourite toy or a game.
  • Use a sharp sound like ‘No’ to stop your dog doing something you don’t want, such as pulling on the lead.
  • Use just one command at a time - such as 'Sit' not 'Sit Down'.
  • Reinforce commands – tell your dog to 'Sit' before you do anything he likes – such as feeding or playing with him.
  • Be patient - your dog wants to please you and successful training is about communication. Be patient when the inevitable setbacks occur.

If you are not sure how to go about training your dog ask your vet or friends with dogs and go to the library for books on dogs. Check with your Local Council for dog training classes or search the Internet for dog obedience advice.

Take your dog to 'puppy pre-school' or 'dog obedience' classes. Your dog will experience being trained with you and socialising with other dogs, and you get to socialise with other owners. You can find out about classes from your vet, local SPCA, or contact your Local Council dog control officer.

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