Company of Animals

Preparation for puppy training

Getting a puppy can be an exciting time in any family or new owner’s life, it can also be extremely frustrating and a lot of hard work. Sometimes puppies seem to be deliberately causing as much chaos and nuisance as possible and appear determined to destroy our belongings regardless of our best efforts to teach them otherwise!

In reality however, puppies are very similar to babies; they are motivated by what brings them the outcomes they desire, have no real concept of right and wrong and need consequences (good or bad) to happen as a direct consequence of their behavior in order for them to learn.

If your puppy seems to be constantly engaging in unwanted behavior, instead of labelling them as bad or naughty, you should really think about the way in which you are communicating with them; chances are that you (or other family members) are inadvertently encouraging them to reoffend.

Nobody wants to be a bad dog owner or have a badly behaved dog, so learning how your new best friend processes information and what motivates them to repeat behaviors is a crucial for all family members.

Even children need to understand how to interact with their new play mate and how to treat them appropriately; after all, your puppy may be smaller than them now, but will grow at a much faster rate than them!

Check out our handy blogs and videos to help you become an expert dog owner!

Fiona Whelan ~ Pet Behaviourist

Fiona has been working at the Training and Behaviour Centre as a behaviour specialist since 2002, and previously ran her own training and behaviour establishment in Lincolnshire for seven years so has a wealth of experience as a behaviour counsellor.