Training your puppy from a young age is vital to say the least. There are many different ways to train a farming puppy, they all essentially follow the same main rule of thumb, take things slowly.
Training a puppy takes patience, while training a working puppy can take the patience of a saint. Its vital above all else to get your dog used to the basic commands and ‘tricks’. If you cannot teach them these, what hope will you have of teaching them to fetch the flock?
As mentioned above there are many different ways to train a puppy, below we will give you one of these ways to help you in your mission of training the perfect pup. Again start at the basics, teaching your animal commands such as ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘get up’ and ‘good boy’. Many people teach these through the use of treats, though treats should be spared for when your animal has mastered the trade. If they get too many treats too young they won’t have the motivation to improve further.Method: Here is one particular method which may help your dog pick up basic commands, easier.
1: Put your puppy up on a stool or a chair. Praise the dog once he/she sits there without moving. While here only praise the animal when the training is complete.
2) Training should be carried out two to three times daily to begin with, for approximately 2-3 minutes per session.
3) Start with the easiest commands, first teaching sit and stay as they are the most important.
4) If the animal leaves the stool or disobeys the commands, never praise the animal upon it’s return to the stool/chair. This is vital, too much praise will have your puppy thinking all the hard work is done, when in reality it’s only going to get more intense.
5) When taking the pup off the stool after training has completed, never take it off from the front, always the back and side. This ensures the dog will think leaving the chair by the front is unacceptable, as the saying goes ‘monkey see what monkey do’.
6)A puppy learns similarly to children, repetition is key to successful training. Being consistent with training is very important to ensure it all comes second nature to your animal.
7) Once your dog has the basic commands down, you can move onto phrases such as “leave it”. Slowly begin to add different phrases as your dog begins to learn more and more. Don’t expect your dog to learn everything in the one day, when training your puppy patience is definitely the key to success.
Next Week we will offer you further advice on training your puppy, and how to advance his/her skills.