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Top Training Tips for Your K9

Choose your pet’s name wisely: It is important to be mindful when choosing a name for your new dog or pup, and helps to consider a short name ending with a strong consonant for training purposes. Names with strong endings will allow you to say their name so they can always hear it clearly, such as Jack or Jasper.

Help them relax when they come home: When your new addition gets home, give them a warm hot water bottle and put a ticking clock near their sleeping area. This imitates the heat and heartbeat of their litter mates and makes it easier to adapt and transition from where they were before. This will also help you relax knowing your pup is calm.

Decide on house rules: Prior to bringing home your puppy or dog, make sure you decide on house rules that will be followed by them. Ask yourself questions such as, “Are they allowed in my bed?” or “Can they jump on the couch?” Setting these boundaries and rules initially will avoid confusion later on.dog training techniques dog reading books 600x600

Set up their “home” at home: It is important to set up your K9’s own den so they have a room of their own, which is not used by anyone else in the house or by another pet. This can be a crate or dog bed, but they will benefit from short periods left alone in the comfort and safety of their private space.

Teach them to come when called: First and foremost, commanding your dog to come to you is the most important step and should be done in the beginning.When they listen to you and come, make this a big deal using positive reinforcement. When they get older, you’ll see how beneficial it is to teach them this initially.

Reward good behavior: When your pup does something good or listens to a command, always reward good behaviors with positive reinforcements, such as if they come when being called or go to their bed. You can use treats, toys, or good old love and words of praise. Always let them know when they get it right, and never when they do something wrong, as this can confuse them.