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A Beginner's Guide to Dog Training

Updated: May 14

Jess training Roxy how to track
Jess with tracking Champion Roxy

Hi there, I'm Jess, and through 2 decades of experience as a qualified trainer and handler of our beloved canine companions, I want to share with you some basic principles on how I approach training. With each passing year, my passion for dogs has only grown stronger, fuelling my commitment to being the best trainer I can be.

Over the years, I've encountered every type of dog imaginable, from excitable puppies to fearful rescues, and I've learned something valuable from each one. My approach is rooted in patience, empathy, and a deep understanding of canine behaviour.  

Dog training can be a rewarding and enriching experience for both you and your furry friend. Whether you have a new puppy or an older dog, proper training can help create a strong bond between you and your pet and ensure they are well-behaved in any situation. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your dog training journey. 

  • Establish rules and boundaries: Setting clear rules and boundaries from the beginning is essential for a well-behaved dog. Consistency is key, so make sure everyone in the household is on the same page when it comes to enforcing rules. 

  • Use positive reinforcement: Reward-based training methods are highly effective in teaching dogs' new behaviours. Use treats, praise, and affection to reinforce good behaviour and encourage your dog to repeat it. 

  • Be patient and consistent: Dogs learn at their own pace, so it's important to be patient and consistent with your training efforts. Repetition and practice are essential for helping your dog understand what is expected of them. 

  • Socialise your dog: Exposing your dog to different people, animals, and environments from a young age can help them become well-adjusted and confident. Socialisation is an important aspect of training that can prevent behavioural issues in the future. 

  • Seek professional help if needed: If you're struggling with certain aspects of training or your dog has behavioural issues that are challenging to address on your own, don't hesitate to seek help, I am a professional dog trainer and can assist in all situations, feel free to drop me a line

Remember that every dog has a unique personality, and what works for one may not work for another. It's important to tailor a training approach to the dog's individual personality and needs.

In conclusion, dog training is an ongoing process that requires dedication, patience, and a lot of love. By using reinforcement, consistency, and socialisation, you can help your dog become a well-behaved and happy member of your family. With time and effort, you'll both reap the rewards of a strong and fulfilling bond.

Whether you're dealing with behavioural challenges or simply want to strengthen your bond with your furry friend, I'm here to guide you every step of the way. Let's embark on this journey together and unlock the full potential of your dog's happiness and well-being. 

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