Puppyhood was a really important time for your dog’s training, as it is the best time to learn and retain new information. However, now that your dog is at the end of their growth you may feel that training is no longer relevant, especially if they seem to have learnt everything they need with ease. But in fact, you should continue to build regular training sessions into your dog’s routine, to ensure that the skills they have learnt stay fresh.
Why do I need to keep training my dog?
- Training sessions are fun: If you have worked hard with your dog from the beginning you’ve probably found that their training sessions can be really enjoyable and rewarding.
- Bonding: A study of dog behavioural patterns show they love to learn and please their owner, so regular training is beneficial to your dog’s mental well-being. It also adds to the quality time spent together.
- Communication & Safety: Bonding is also important for good control and communication with your dog. After you have learnt how to train your puppy, and they have mastered ‘sit’, ‘stay,’ ‘leave,’ and recall it, it will be much easier for you and your dog to stay safe and have fun at home and when out on walks.
- Be regular: As with everything else, practice makes perfect. If you become complacent and stop your regular training now your dog could easily forget all they have learnt or take the message that it is no longer important.
Dog training tips
- Keep it interesting: To keep things fun for both you and your dog, why not introduce new games, tricks, and commands when you start training your dog?
- Begin with basics: Start each session with the basics as a quick reminder and warm up, and then begin to teach them something new.
- One at a time: Make sure they have mastered one skill before you move on to another.
- Useful commands: Teach them commands that are helpful, like asking them to fetch their lead or put their toys away.
- Socialising: If you and your dog have always enjoyed the sociability of puppy training classes, consider moving on to other adult dog classes like agility or obedience.