Our professional dog trainers advise every puppy owner to enrol their new pet in obedience classes. Whether you’re managing bad manners or brushing up on good behaviour, dog training classes provide the best atmosphere for learning.
You’ll gain an incredible amount of knowledge and practical skills as a pet owner and develop a closer bond with your best friend in the process. Plus it’s a great chance to teach young dogs those important social skills that make them the model pet in the dog park.
If you’re curious to learn more about puppy training classes or looking for a reliable trainer, read up on what to expect from Vetwest dog training.
House Training Your Puppy
It has to be said: accidents happen. Puppy owners will tell you of the times they found unwanted surprises on the carpet, in the living room or under the bed.
However, learning how to potty train a puppy is just one of the things to read up on on before you bring home your new furry family member. You will also need to teach your puppy what they can and can’t chew, where they are allowed to sleep, where they are fed, how to use the doggy door if you have one – the list goes on!
Providing for your puppy’s needs and supervising as often as you can when you first bring them home will lay the foundation for good behaviour. House training your puppy is a commitment but certainly worth the effort to enjoy a long life with an obedient, healthy and trustworthy companion.
Teaching Your Puppy Table Manners
Meal time should be a family affair – but that doesn’t mean your puppy should get a seat at the table! Begging for food, whether you consider it cute or annoying, can be un-learned almost as quickly as it’s learned.
Set a feeding routine for your animals, prevent your dog from being in the dining room during dinner, and don’t give in to those puppy dog eyes if you want to discourage your dog from begging. For a softer approach you can teach good manners by rewarding patience at the table.
A well-mannered dog will make meals less stressful, impress dinner guests and teach good behaviour all at once.