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Dog advice: hints and tips to help train your puppy

Training your puppy can be rewarding and fun

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Top training tips

As a responsible puppy owner, you need to train your pet. Helping it learn how to respond to your commands is essential for a well-behaved dog, and though it takes time and patience, it’s also extremely rewarding – for both of you! Remember these basic points and your puppy will soon be following your commands as if it’s the most natural thing in the world.

Make it fun

If it isn’t fun, it will soon start to feel like hard work, so make sure your training sessions are enjoyable for you and your puppy. Training is about forming a special bond and becoming close friends for life, so think of every success as a tiny step towards an even greater friendship with your pet. Remember, puppies can get tired quickly, so keep training sessions short.


The whole household needs to work as a team when training your puppy. Make sure everyone uses the same rules and commands during everyday life so that your pet doesn’t get confused. Also try and ensure that everyone takes a turn at taking your puppy out for walks and training it. The more people who get involved, the better.

Praise and reward

When your puppy behaves in the right way, give it plenty of praise along with a treat. This is the key to effective training. On the inevitable occasions when your pup doesn’t do quite what you hoped for, don’t punish it or scold it. Just ignore it and try again. Your pet will soon learn which behaviour earns the rewards!