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Dog Training Advice

You've just brought a new puppy or rescue dog into your home, and the next item on your to-do list is to train him. Our vets in Exeter offer dog training advice that new owners should remember.

Our Best Dog Training Advice

You've just brought home a new puppy or rescue dog. Now, it's time to train him! Our veterinarians across Exeter share essential dog training advice for new owners.

Whether you decide to train your new puppy or rescue dog personally, hire an instructor, or attend classes, every pooch can gain from some crucial training tips. First, contemplate having your puppy spayed or neutered at the appropriate age. Dogs that have been "fixed" are less aggressive, calmer, and potentially more receptive to training.

Choose house rules

When it comes to training, dogs respond best to consistency. It's only fair to be clear with yourself and your family on what you expect of your new pup before you bring him home. Decide what he is and isn't allowed to do. Can he sleep in your bed? Stake out a spot on the couch? What about rooms - are there any off-limits? Clarifying your expectations avoids confusion and indecision later.

Teach him to come on command

One of the initial fundamental commands your furry friend must master is "Come!" Always use his name when instructing him to come and follow up with positive reinforcement. Gradually introduce the command in various situations, such as when his attention is elsewhere, to familiarize him with responding.

Reward good behavior and be quick with treats and praise

One of the fundamental principles of dog training is to use positive reinforcement to reward good behavior consistently. Your pup eagerly seeks to please you, whether it's through a gentle pat on the head, belly rubs, scratches in their favorite spot, or receiving a treat or toy.

On a related note, consult your vet to determine the appropriate quantity and frequency of treats for your dog. During your pup's annual routine exam, we can provide nutrition advice and ensure they maintain a healthy weight for their size.

Puppy-proof your house

If you have kids, you likely recall child-proofing your house to ensure their safety and minimize the risk of danger or damage to your prized possessions. Extend the same preventive measures to your puppy by establishing a secure space for him when he's not under direct supervision, such as a crate or pen. Equip this area with safe toys that are exclusively his.

Don't delay teaching moments

Reward good behavior and seize teaching moments as they occur. Experienced dog owners emphasize that puppies live in the moment and thrive on repetition. Enforce rules or lessons promptly after the deed is done; waiting a few minutes leaves them confused as they quickly forget their actions.

To establish a clear association between corrections or training techniques and their behavior, it's crucial to act immediately. Achieve results through consistent repetition.

Remember: dogs do what makes them feel safe or happy

One of dog owners' most common mistakes is attributing human emotions to their furry companions. Although we love them dearly and consider them part of the family, they are not humans. This means they do not harbor vengeful intentions or plan to upset or provoke us. Instead, they act based on what brings them happiness or a sense of security at the moment, which can have both positive and negative outcomes.

Are you looking for more information on dog training? Contact our Exeter vets today.

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