Tips and Advice

  • Generally, give your dog an hour a day of quality exercise 
  • and know your breed. Huskies, for example, may need more exercise than other breeds.

  • Vary the exercise and training environments.
  • How would you like to walk the same street every day for the rest of your life? 
    Exercise is physically and mentally stimulating for your dog and can prevent many problems.

  • Teaching your dog should be about training what you want your dog to do 
  • rather than always telling her what not to do. .

  • Be calm and have fun with your dog. 
  • Training in the wrong mood, getting angry or frustrated will translate to your dog. 
    Stop training and try again later.

  • Do not freely hand out food or treats.
  • They are a valuable tool and free treating lessens their impact.

  • Use one command for each behaviour.
  • So, for example, 'down' should not be used
    to ask the dog to lie down and stop jumping up.

  • Have realistic expectations.
  • Puppies and young dogs learn quickly 
    but reliability takes time.
    Equally older dogs and some rescue dogs
    may require more patience to learn new or changed behaviours.

  • Training short and varied sessions
  • can give better results than long sessions teaching one thing.
    Dogs can switch off, when that happens, nothing else happens.

  • Training is life long.
  • Dogs are always learning and even learned habits can be reinforced. 
    Training is mentally stimulating for your dog.