Puppy training is important.

Ever gone out into the rain, fumbled for your car keys and then unceremoniously been flattened by your 40 something kilogram dog? Incidents like this are completely avoidable with proper puppy training.

Puppies need to begin training from as young as possible (around 8 weeks) for a variety of reasons. With proper training your puppy will go into adulthood with confidence and a willingness to please. You will have a stable dog that is both well behaved and an absolute pleasure to have around the house. This means that you can go for walks without being jerked from one gate to the next or go to the shops without returning to a car that requires a new upholstery job. Proper puppy training requires many factors, a good trainer is one of them. A patient owner is another.

In an ideal world one needs to put aside as much time as possible during the first stages of puppy training, this will ensure that your puppy has enough time to learn and comprehend what you are trying to teach. It will also allow your new puppy to bond to you allowing the teaching stages to go a lot smoother. Remember to always be patient and understanding during the first stages of learning. Puppies go through  a "fear imprinting" stage early on and it's up to you to ensure that this goes smoothly. Always ensure that your puppy is properly socialized, this cannot be stressed enough! It's a perfect excuse to throw puppy parties and allow the guests to all give your new puppy a treat and thus showing the puppy it does not have to afraid. 

Always reinforce good behavior. Have treats on hand for all the good times and remember to reprimand correctly. Rover will not understand why you are screaming "Rover" over and over again, this will bring about the opposite result as your puppy is now either afraid or excited. Don't forget to always be on the ball and to never leave your puppy unobserved. - Rover, office dog at The Woof Academy.