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When Do I Start Training?

A question often asked by new dog owners is when exactly do I start training my dog? The time to commence training your dog is immediately, whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog you need him/her to become aware of your ways as soon as possible so your training regime needs to begin quite quickly.

The big advantage with puppies is that you are beginning with a completely clean, fresh slate; there are no bad habits to combat first that have been picked up along the way. Training your dog during puppy hood is still very hard work but you have no moulds to break first.

Always start with basic commands, the ‘sit’ and the ‘wait’ command. Ensure that your puppy training includes socialization time; this is of the utmost importance for your puppy to develop into a well-balanced, friendly adult dog.

With an adult dog that you take on the rules are slightly different when it comes to training. Initially you need to assess what, if any, training he/she has previously received. You will probably need to toilet train your new adult dog. A lot of the adult dogs that are taken on are from rescue centres and they might have been living rough on the streets, they cannot be expected to know what is required from them. You require a huge amount of patience with these dogs and they need a gentle but firm approach.

You need to start the training immediately with them and take it right back to the basics, approach the training as though the dog knows nothing at all. Commence with ‘sit’ and ‘wait.’

An essential ‘tool’ is a long line, a must for training the ‘recall’ command. To start with you are not going to want to let your dog or puppy off their lead, if you do this to quickly you could be rewarded with watching your dog as it heads off into the sunset!

A long line is the perfect solution; it offers your dog/pup partial freedom whilst you remain in complete control. If you have taken on an adult dog you can start the long line training right away, it allows you the opportunity to gain your dog’s trust too.

When you reach your destination swap your dog’s lead for the long line, allow them to run to the end and explore. Call your dog’s name and encourage them to come back to you, even if your dog/pup briefly glances at you praise and call them again. As with all dog training timing is of the essence, as soon as he/she returns to you praise and reward. If your dog appears to show absolutely no interest at all very gently ‘reel’ the long line in, just as though you were fishing, calling your dog’s name continuously. They will eventually show interest and even if they are nearly at your feet anyway, ensure that you still praise them the second they look at you.

With a puppy begin the long line training after a few days of simply allowing them to explore on the end of a regular lead and you need to follow the same method as the adult long line training.

The golden rule with training is it must begin immediately, because you are employing a non-coercive method you will not scare your new dog/pup by teaching them commands too early. You need to bond with your new canine addition and there is no better place to start than with some basic training.

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