Training is one of the best ways to build a top dog relationship with your pet and your family. And nothing teaches you more about your student Staffie than when you try to teach him. All dogs are different, after all. Some may not need much schooling to keep them out of the rubbish bins, and others may need daily ‘reminding’ we like to say, in their homes. But no worries – your pooch can become teacher’s pet simply by following our basic tips.
Exercise and training go hand-in-paw.
Outings with your four-legged freshman can be very useful for training. Walking, heeling, stopping and sitting before crossing roads can all be built into your training days, as can lead-on, lead-off, Sensei. You’ll be wagging to find that dogs actually enjoy ‘working’ for praise and privileges – and yours will rollover for these sessions.
First, you’ll want to ensure your dog has a well-fitted collar and lead when you take him out. If part of this session involves your dog riding in the car, be sure to belt your beagle in using a harness, for the safety of him and other passengers. Harnesses are also a smart move, in that they can also be used for walking your dog. No bones about it.
When you set out for your walk, take Spike’s favourite toy or ball for some fetch. Doggie treats can also be useful for games, or to get your daydreaming Dachshund’s attention if you need it. (After all, any pooch can be dog-in-the-headlights sometimes.)
Make simple training and obedience part of his home-sweet-home routine, too. Sitting, waiting for an instruction before eating, coming when called, and sitting for a pat can be, once again, rewarding ‘work’ for your dog. Generally, you’ll find that dogs enjoy knowing their place in the family, and having small jobs to do. And just because they aren’t pokey puppies anymore doesn’t mean they don’t still lap-up those games. So, it’s a doggone good idea to keep some of preferred playthings handy for indoor fetch games and quiet chew times in doggy bed.
Obedience class is where it’s at.
Obedience classes for family dogs like yours are run by many different organisations, including vet practices. Some classes will show you the basics for ‘working’ with your dog, while other, more advanced courses are available for petlovers who’d like to further their training. Or, if you’d rather personalise it for your Pug, private trainers and behaviour specialists are also around to help. Disciplined activities like these not only help build your dog’s self-esteem, but also your bond with your dog. actually help build your
So, by the tail-end of your training, your doting drooler will know and love his place in the family. No bones about it!