Training your First Puppy

So you have made the exciting step of getting a puppy! You are already in love with your fluffy bundle of joy but where should you start on training your new pooch to ensure he will be a calm, well behaved and happy dog as an adult? Efficient and effective training is vital from a young age to ensure a happy, healthy and obedient canine friend.  Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look in our latest blog...

The first step which should be completed prior to picking up your new canine friend, is to 'puppy proof' your house as well as purchasing him the food and equipment he needs. It is also important to think about how to create a safe, secure and positive environment for him. A top-quality diet, a comfy bed and a plan for how to manage separation anxiety are absolute essentials. When planning your new canine's routine remember that a consistent and regular schedule can help your puppy orientate himself and become confident and happy in his new home. Begin a regular exercise programme with your puppy and stick to it, you can then increase the amount and the distances he covers during exercise as he develops and grows - being careful not to do too much too soon as this can be harmful to joints!

Fun, friendly puppy classes can be a great place to start in order to teach your puppy good manners and general obedience. Training during the early stages should involve such as; coming when called, walking on a loose lead, not jumping up, food manners, and positions (sit/down/stand), ‘wait’. All training should be done using kind, effective, reward based methods, so your puppy enjoys beginning to work with you.

With your training both at home and during classes it is vital that your dog respects you. You must get this element completely, consistently right – in a way that dogs understand. 

Dogs are capable of learning many words, and there is no better way to get your dog to understand what you want and what you don't want than to teach him carefully chosen vocabulary words such as good, sit, stay, no, lie down etc... Most important of all however is that when you ask your dog to complete a behaviour stick to it, never give up half way through a request or your dog will not understand or respect you.

 As well as training in order for your dog to be fit, healthy, happy it is vital that they are fed a balanced and nutritious diet which promotes optimum health. From a young age canines can benefit from the inclusion of a Glucosamine for Dogs, dog joint supplement in their diet in order to protect and prevent against wear and tear and promote long term mobility.  Canine Joint Right (Glucosamine for Dogs) is available from www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk or by contacting a member of our team on Tel: 01377 254 900

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