When your puppy arrives home, they are constantly learning, regardless of whether you know you are teaching them! Having a plan for training is as much about how you would like your puppy to behave in your home as understanding the needs of their breed as they develop.
For this reason, appropriate training actually starts when you select the breed of your new arrival. Puppy training starts with basic skills such as sit, recall and down but as they grow, their training needs become more varied. By carrying out thorough research of what your puppy will need when they are older, you can make an informed decision about whether you will be able to carry out the dog training they will require.
The internet is full of plenty of information on dog breeds but unfortunately it isn’t all correct. It is almost always generic and can’t take into account your personal circumstances. To choose the right breed for your family requires consideration of many different aspects: whether you are working at home or away, the outdoor space you have, how close you are to a busy road, the people in your household, even the way your home is laid out internally.
Being prepared with your training plan from the start prevents firefighting as problems come up. If you are constantly responding to the issue right in front of you, it is easy to end up in a cycle of research and trial, never getting on top of the underlying problem or jumping to the next thing before a strategy has had time to work. A new puppy in the home can be exhausting enough but this cycle can cause real negativity in both owners and puppies.
Royvon puppy training starts before your new puppy even arrives home. We visit your home to discuss everything you need to help prepare you and your home for your particular circumstances. We will go through those burning questions you know you need to learn, as well as things you didn’t know you needed to think about! One of the key things that may sound counter-intuitive is keeping puppy’s favourite, exciting things out of reach until you need them for training. Toys, chews, balls etc. are brilliant for training motivation but if they are readily available any time, the motivation to respond in the desired way is lost.