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April 2022

Puppy Training: Why It’s Important

You’ve just got your new puppy & you’re absolutely loving all the puppy cuddles & fun! But… have you considered how you’re going to manage things going forward and are you ready to get started with puppy training?

Well, you’re in the right place! I’m going to discuss the benefits of puppy training & why it’s helpful to learn about your new pup’s behaviour from the beginning of your journey together.

Puppies are wonderful, but they do come with some challenges! From getting them toilet trained… to those razor sharp puppy teeth biting away… to not wanting to settle down & well there’s more I could list! They can be quite well… stressful!

So, puppy training & learning how to tackle these common issues is well worth the investment. You’ll also be able to feel really proud of your well trained puppy. What more could you want?!

Puppy Training & Socialisation

Puppies have an important socialisation period from approximately 3-12 weeks of age. This means it’s a really important time to help them learn and feel comfortable with all the world may throw at them.

Socialisation doesn’t mean overwhelming your puppy by introducing them to anything and everything with little thought.

Rather, it means gradually exposing them to new sights, sounds, textures, smells, experiences and more at a level they are comfortable and happy with. Being able to recognise signs your dog is feeling uncomfortable, or unsure can really help with successful socialisation. Why? Because it means you can take things at their pace. This will give you a greater chance of success.

The benefits of puppy training

So, if you’re still not convinced, why invest in support with your puppy? Because, the better chance you’ll have of going from the enthusiastic pup stage, through to the sometimes frustrating adolescent period and finally to a calm and content adult dog.

Success really does lie in understanding your puppy & paying attention to their behaviour.

You can feel confident & prepared for any future challenges. So often I hear people say they wish they’d known things sooner so that they could have avoided problems. Introducing your puppy to their new home is the best time to start as you mean to go on.

Dog behaviour

From my own experiences, I know how hard dealing with dog behaviour and training problems can be. So, I’m passionate about helping you have a pawsitive start with your new pup. Prevention really is better than cure when it comes to dog behaviour and training problems!

The past 20 years or so have seen so many advances in pet behaviour science & I’ve studied this to become a registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist. This, alongside my own personal experiences & practical training experience means I can help you get the best from your new puppy.

My approach

My puppy training methods are based around the principles of positive reinforcement (adding something positive after a behaviour, so your pup knows what they did worked!). I also aim to help you understand your puppies behaviour, so you can set them up for success.

So, if you’re interested in puppy behaviour support with me…

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