Skip to main content

Welcoming a furry friend into your home is an exciting and heartwarming experience. As a first-time dog owner, you’re embarking on a journey of companionship, joy, and responsibility. Effective training is key to fostering a positive relationship with your new canine companion.

At The Wonderful World of Dogs, this month’s blog offers training tips for first time dog owners.


Dog Training

Contact Elaine for more info 07825 323033.

Dog Classes


Start with Basics

Begin your training journey with fundamental commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “come.” Consistency is crucial; use the same words and gestures each time to help your dog understand what’s expected. Use positive reinforcement, like treats and praise, to reward successful responses

Have Patience

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a well-trained dog. Be patient and understanding as your dog learns. Celebrate small victories and avoid getting frustrated if progress is slower than you anticipated.

Socialising is Key

Early socialization is essential for a well-rounded and confident dog. Expose your pup to different environments, people, dogs, and sounds. This will help prevent fear-based behaviour issues and create a dog that’s comfortable in various situations.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement involves rewarding desired behaviours with treats, praise, or playtime. This technique creates a strong association between the behaviour and the positive outcome, making your dog more likely to repeat the behaviour in the future.

Book Now

Consistency & Routine

Dogs thrive on routines. Feed, walk, and train your dog at consistent times each day. This helps your dog predict what’s coming next and reduces anxiety.

Communicate Clearly

Dogs are skilled at reading body language and tone of voice. Use clear and consistent signals to convey your intentions. A calm and assertive demeanour helps your dog understand your commands

Teach Boundaries

When your dog displays unwanted behaviour, like jumping or excessive barking, use a time-out technique. Simply remove attention and interaction temporarily. This teaches your dog that certain behaviours lead to a loss of attention.

Provide Chew Toys

Dogs have a natural urge to chew. Provide appropriate chew toys to satisfy this instinct and prevent destructive chewing. This is especially important for puppies going through the teething phase.

Consider Professional Guidance

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with training, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Enrolling in dog training classes can provide expert guidance and allow your dog to learn in a controlled environment.

Spend Quality Time Together

Training is not just about commands; it’s about building a strong bond of trust and respect. Spend quality time with your dog through play, walks, and cuddles.

A well-trained dog is a happy and confident companion.

Book Now