Getting a new puppy can be an exciting time for any family, however no matter how sweetly they look at you with those puppy-dog eyes, training your new furry friend can be ruff. But never fear! We are here to share with you my top training tips for Barking Head beginners.
- Try, try, and try again: We are told patience is a virtue, but sometimes when us little critters are chewing your best pair of shoes or have an accident on your new carpet (sorry!) it’s easy to forget that we are only babies. We understand you feel frustrated but please remember to be patient. It is up to you as the ‘leader of the pack’ to teach us right from wrong, sometimes it can take time but don’t give up on us!
- Workin’ nine to five: Routine is one of the most important factors when training us puppies. It is a good idea to set out the ‘house rules’ before you bring your little one home so that the whole family is in agreement and we pups don’t get confused. Once a routine is established you must make sure to be consistent.
- Who’s a good pup? A great way to encourage good behaviour is through reward. Whether it’s a new toy, a delicious treat, or just a pat on the head, rewarding us immediately after we have done something well is a great way to positively reinforce correct behaviour. My favourite treats are the Barking Heads Milkies for puppies, they help promote strong teeth and bones which is vital for our development.
- Become top-dog: It is important to show us puppies who is boss, your canine companion will naturally look to the leader of the pack, therefore it is important to be confident and consistent with your handling. Us dogs are a very intuitive bunch and can sense human emotion, so make sure you establish yourself as the leader.
- Nip it in the bud: For some strange reason we pups like to nibble at your toes. It is easy to overlook this habit because we are ‘just so adorable!’ However, once your little fur-ball is all grown up those little nips can sometimes turn into a bite, which is why it’s important to stop this behaviour while we are still young. We love to socialize with other puppies and it can help to inhibit biting, the earlier taught the better.