High levels of energy with a puppy is easy to fall in love with; bundles of fluff with appealing eyes running all over the house, sniffing and chewing at everything, is a delight for any dog owner.
However as time passes a dog may have slowed up a little as he or she reaches doggy adulthood. Dog training while a pet is at puppy stage not only benefits both owner and pet, but it keeps bones and muscles in good order.
When you’re starting training with a new puppy or a dog it requires immense patience for you, and frequent breaks – as focusing on one particular trick for a long time can become boring for your puppy.
Use a small toy or ball that makes a noise and throw it for your dog. Take time for your dog to grasp what you expect of him, and try smothering the toy with a little melted doggy chocolate as a temptation (it is imperative you do not use chocolate that is made for human consumption).
Next part of the training is using a verbal command and your body language at the same time.
When he picks up his toy turn slightly away and do not look at him, shout ‘come’ or ‘bring’ while moving in the opposite direction. The aim is for the dog to learn to bring the toy to your side.
Do not try to move your dog onto to bigger things until he has realised it is fun to obey, and that he receives a small biscuit as a reward.
When you train your dog, he will try to keep on moving forward to please you, it is up to you to ‘time’ his training sessions and keep a watch for him becoming too tired.
It is worth mentioning that before you move onto larger obstacle training with your pet, such as rings or see saws and jumping over poles, it is important that you make an appointment for your dog to have a health check with his local vet.