Training: Training Tips: Dos and Don'ts

There seems to be many people out there telling you about kinds of different ways train your dog. So why should you use positive methods?

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  • Practice in your home and garden first, before trying commands in public areas
  • Start training with your new dog or puppy as soon as possible
  • Keep sessions short (15 minutes max.) and fun
  • Reward or treat him on a random basis, once the new command has been learnt
  • Try to use hand signals with verbal commands, as some dogs may find it easier to recognise these
  • Keep commands clear and consistent
  • Take your time and be patient
  • Stick to one new command per training session at first to avoid confusing your dog
  • Consider going to a good local training class – but if your dog is anxious or fearful around other dogs, a one-to-one training session with a trainer may be better
  • Try to finish on a high note - your dog is more likely to want to train again next time!
  • Always give your dog an enjoyable long-lasting chewy treat to relax with at the end of a session, or he may become frustrated when the rewards/treats stop!


  • Let your dog get bored - stop immediately if you see this happening
  • Tell him off if he gets it wrong
  • Shout or physically punish him - it will make him scared of you and may cause him to become aggressive
  • Train him if he is tired
  • Chase him when you want him to come - he'll think it is a great game and will run away even more
  • Try to train him in an area with lots of distractions, such as other dogs, people, noises, smells.
  • Expect too much too soon
  • Expect him to understand a command until you have taught him what it means
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