Useful tips for training your dog

Training starts on day one.

Dogs are described as man’s best friend – they are truly amazing and loyal companions. They come in different breeds, sizes, activity levels and diet requirements.

It’s important to understand your dog’s needs and provide them with the appropriate training, especially if it’s a new pup at home.

PledgeCare, in collaboration with Kuan, an experienced dog trainer, share his dog training tips.

Training your dog begins on day one

Before you bring a dog home, it’s absolutely crucial to have a discussion with everyone in your household, including the helper, to lay out the roles and responsibilities of each family member towards the new pup.

These include but are not limited to feeding, financial responsibilities for health, education, discipline, daily walks and exercise.

Dogs are born to be good at adapting to new environments. Their training starts on day one. Kuan recommends to slowly introduce your pup to the home surroundings.

In the beginning, your pup may whine or bark due to nervousness or being afraid. But don’t give in. Kuan suggests to ignore them, especially if it’s cage-training.

Also, try to avoid bringing home any negativity from school or work. Your dog can sense that there’s something wrong which only make its anxiety worse.

If you’re in doubt, Kuan advises you to reach out to a professional to conduct an assessment before home-training your new pup.

Kuan recommends that new dog parents do a health check on their pup from a reliable vet.

Successful dog training requires proper diet and communication

It’s important to understand your dog and his behaviour before training. There are many things to learn, so start taking notes.

A healthy and well-balanced diet is vital for your dog and his learning curve. Just like humans if we’re hungry or not eating well, dogs can experience being unfocused and get easily frustrated.

Communication plays a major role in training.

Your dog’s health is reflected in his coat, excretions, weight and behaviour so you have to look out for these and understand what you can do to improve your pup’s health.

Communication plays a major role. Take the time to bond with your dog, and be patient as building a solid bond requires lots of training.

Read your pup’s body language to understand his feelings, for instance, tail wagging. Different heights of the tail can mean different emotions.

‘Bad dog!’

Are there truly bad dogs? Honestly, it’s hard to tell.

“Bad” behaviour is a way for your dog to express his feelings. An example is excessive barking. Usually, this is a strong sign of negligence from the owner.

The only way to go about this is by re-educating your pup. In order to do that, you’ll have to understand your dog. You need to figure out the necessary changes to improve the situation.

This might seem like a tough challenge to overcome, but don’t give up. You can seek advice and help from professional dog trainers.

Dog training takes time

You must take time to learn and understand our dog’s behaviour. Training is essential to get to know your pup better.

“Dog training helps you to understand your dog, and your dog to understand what you want from him,” says Kuan. It requires time, and the training never truly stops.

Dogs are as much a living thing as humans are. They’re spending their whole life with you so remember to train and treat them well. Please give your dog a belly rub on us after this!

You can reach Kuan by calling or messaging 019 388 9288.

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