- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Do dogs need a companion?
Dogs are very social animals meaning they don’t like to be alone – but you should think carefully about the time and money needed to care for more than one dog. A single dog needs plenty of human company and it’s important that they aren’t routinely left on their own for more than four hours a day.
How long can I leave my dog alone?
Dogs shouldn’t routinely be left alone for more than four hours. Boredom can cause dogs to bark or be destructive in the house.
Who should care for my dog if I go on holiday?
If you go on holiday, you need to arrange for someone responsible to care for your dog. Dogs can be booked into kennels or, alternatively, a friend or professional “pet-sitter” could look after them. Well-run kennels won’t allow dogs to board if they haven’t been vaccinated, so make sure you check your dog’s vaccinations are up to date well in advance.
If a friend or “pet-sitter” is looking after your dog while you’re away, make sure they know about your pet’s requirements. Leave them a list of information, such as how much food and exercise your pet needs, any medication they might be on and how to give it, and your vet’s contact details for emergencies.