by Jenna Kiddie
Dogs Trust Dog School
Our how-to guide and top tips for house training your puppy! House training is training our puppy to go to the toilet in a particular location, usually outside the house or somewhere else that suits you. House training is a priority for all new puppy owners but can become frustrating at times. The sooner you start training your dog to go to the toilet in your preferred place, the easier it will be and these simple tips show you how straight forward it really can be.
Coming back when called
Our how-to guide and top tips for getting your dog to come back to you… every time! Most dogs love running around off the lead, but before you give your dog their ‘freedom’ it’s vital for their safety that you know they will come back when called, regardless of where they are and what’s going on around them. To teach good recall your dog needs to learn that coming back to you is always a good thing, something that will bring them plenty of praise and rewards.
Walking nicely on the lead
Our how-to guide and top tips for teaching your dog to walk nicely on the lead. Puppies and dogs can understandably get really excited when they are out for walks with lots of fun things going on around them that they will be keen to explore. We need to show them how to walk calmly on the lead to ensure that their owner is safe from being pulled over! This is also a fantastic starting point for teaching puppies to be calm and polite when meeting new people and four-legged friends!
Our how-to guide and top tips to help your dog settle down when you’re busy. As part of your family, it’s important for dogs to learn to relax, lie down, and have time on their own. It’s especially important for them to do this when you’re busy at home, with guests, making dinner, cleaning the house, or outside with friends at the pub or café. It’s hard for your dog to learn to be settled when there are distractions, lots of activity or opportunities for attention so it’s best to begin practicing somewhere quiet.
It's OK to be left alone
Our how-to guide and top tips to make sure your puppy is happy when left alone. Dogs are naturally social animals, so it’s normal for them to feel worried when they’re left on their own. They aren’t born knowing how to feel okay when they’re all by themselves, so it’s important to teach your dog to feel confident and relaxed about being home alone.
Preventing a fear of loud or strange noises
Our how-to guide and top tips to prevent fears of loud or unusual noises. Dogs have extremely sensitive hearing and can hear things humans can’t, so imagine how frightening it is when extremely loud noises happen without any warning. Research suggests that fears of loud noises are common in the dog population, with almost half of owners reporting that their dogs show signs of fear or anxiety in response to loud, unpredictable noises like fireworks, thunderstorms and gunshots.
Preventing Puppy Mouthing
Puppies explore and play with their mouths. We need to teach them to choose appropriate items…this doesn’t include us or our possessions! They have a lot to learn, so it is crucial that we are calm and consistent. Being calm prevents puppies becoming more intense or worried, which could make their behaviour worse. Consistency makes it easy to learn!