Monday, 10 October 2011
Training your pet
What useful bits of advice can we offer you for training your pet? Well one of the key items you need to ensure you know is to make sure you have treats on hand regularly. You need to reward good behaviour and not just say "no" or "bad dog" for everything else. Dogs learn what is good by being rewarded and that is the best way to train your dog.
We wanted to train our dog as well as possible and as early as possible as we wanted them to fit around our lives, we wanted to make sure he was well trained in our house so that we could find a pet friendly cottage in Devon and take him there to share our holiday with us. This has worked amazingly well as after 3 weeks our dog was house trained and we had methods to reward them for good behaviour and for them to know what isnt acceptable.
One of the things we did not like them doing was biting, especially as puppies they use their teeth a lot and we combatted this by getting a small childs water pistol, and everytime they bit (remembering this is puppy biting and not vicious!) we sprayed them and after a few days we only had to be seen to get the spray and the dog would calm down! It was amazing and we have passed that useful tip onto many other people who have found their puppy enjoying playing games with their teeth!
Our dog is so good now that we do take them everywhere, we took a day trip from London to Stonehenge and they were as good as gold! Just remember, water, treats, lead and poo bags and you wont go wrong!