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Dog training in Essex and Kent all types of dog training  from puppy to senior dogs

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puppy dog training

Between the age of five to eighteen weeks of age puppies start to form their character, temperament and personality. It is also this period that their confidence should  build. Puppies learn naturally  by ‘classic association’; if they do something or experience something and they enjoy it they will want to repeat it.

Should they get a negative experience they will want to avoid it.

One usually gets a puppy at eight weeks or so old. It should have learned to play and interact (socialise) with it’s litter mates and been corrected by it’s mother for doing wrong. Once into it’s new home one needs to establish rules and boundaries for the puppy so it learns what is acceptable within the household. These rules need to be reinforced each and every time the puppy errs.

Everything a dog does is natural for dogs; for example, digging, chewing and peeing where it likes, we must ensure we teach puppy what we expect of it when it is living with us. One should not accept puppies will grow out of unwanted behaviours. More often than not behaviours become deep seated and are more difficult to eradicate later. Puppy training should be applied just as we teach our children right from wrong, what is acceptable and what isn’t.

Things that should be instantly corrected: jumping up, teething/nipping, chewing household items, slippers et cetera and  whimpering no reason and attention seeking.

Help build their confidence when they are left on their own. Start by leaving them for short periods while you go into another room. Return to them but do not acknowledge the by speaking to them. Gradually build up the time they are left alone.

Restrict puppies movement within the home, especially until it is ‘clean’. Place all food into it’s dish and let puppy get used to your hands near it’s food when it is eating.

Keep puppy elsewhere when your visitors arrive then let puppy meet them after they have settled in. Avoid too much excitement. Teach puppy it gets a stroke only when it is sitting,stop stroking when it gets up, then encourage it to sit again, repeat this exercise often.

If we accept that when a dog does something we want it to we praise it or give it a reward, treat or toy.

When puppy shows fear and anxiety and we cuddle it and sympathise we may inadvertently be rewarding that behaviour. Should the puppy react anxiously to sudden sound or movement, distract it with excited sounds and encourage it to play. It should then learn not to become nervous in such situations.

Start lead training indoors then graduate to the garden. Approach people and other dogs calmly and in control.

Stop puppy from rushing towards people and other dogs. Older dogs may see a puppy rushing toward it as unacceptable and mat correct it by growling or snapping. Do not wait for puppy to be cleared by the vet during vaccinations. It is safe to carry puppy with you, maybe up the road, to the shops or park. Puppy will soon accept strange ‘public’ noises, traffic et cetera as normal.

Choose a puppy training course wisely. A bad first experience at a training club can be a huge negative experience for both of you. A good instructor should have qualifications which confirm they are of a good standard and have attended an accredited instructors course.

specific training where I can help you

  1. * puppy training

  2. * pulling on the lead

  3. * recall (come when called) recall (out of sight)

  4. *‘A’ recall

  5. *retrieve (fetch articles)

  6. *sendaways

  7. *walk to heel off lead

  8. *sit on command at distance

  9. *down on command

  10. *wait (in stand-sit-down)

  11. * overcoming obstacles

  12. *agility problems

  13. *entering exiting cars

  14. *house training (soiling)

  15. *accepting visitors into home

  16. *jumping up

  17. *boisterous behaviour

  18. *and many more.........