1. Start training your puppy as soon as you bring him home. Impressions your puppy forms in the first 16 weeks set them up for life.
2. When training your dog, keep training sessions short. Remember your dog has an attention span of a small child. Ten minutes are adequate or your dog may lose interest. However, you can include several training sessions in the day.
3. Always ensure training ends on a positive note: have a quick game with your dog; or give him a favourite toy. You shouldn’t train your dog if you’re in a bad mood, otherwise you won’t share positive energy with him, plus you’re more likely to lose your temper.
4. Buy yourself a bum bag or treat pouch for training: you’ll keep your hands free, and you’ll safely stow food treats and house keys etc.
5. Use a range of rewards to reinforce good behaviour, including pats, cuddles and praise, as well as food treats. Giving your dog a range of rewards prevents him expecting a food treat every time.