You’ve almost certainly heard of obedience training but why is it so important? Dog training can be a daunting topic for dog parents and prospective owners, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you! 

Obedience training is a crucial part of raising a dog and it doesn’t need to be overcomplicated! Training your dog is a rewarding experience for both you and your four legged friend, and you’ll soon see why! 

Scroll down to read our top 4 tips to kick-start your dog training journey! 

What's obedience training all about?

Obedience training is the act of teaching your dog certain skills or behaviours. The basics of obedience training, which includes simple ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ commands, help your dog to interact and socialise with other pets and people. 

Dog training helps to build confidence in your pup and provides mental stimulation which is important for your dog’s development and wellbeing. Plus, it even strengthens your bond with your pup - what’s not to love about that?

Before you call in a dog trainer or reach for every book available on the subject, let’s break down the basics of obedience training so you can get started with confidence. 

 Fantail dog bed

1. Get started with training early

Our number one tip for effective dog training is to get started as soon as you can! If you have a puppy, you’ll notice that they pick up training skills better than older dogs. 

By starting your dog training journey early, you’ll manage to imprint these skills in your dog’s mind and start to develop an important bond with your pet.

But if your fluffy friend is a more senior dog, or a dog you adopted, don’t worry! You can start training your dog at any age and still reap the benefits of it, so just be patient and assess what your dog already knows so you know where to begin.
 

2. Find the perfect treat

To motivate your pup in their training exercises, you’ll need to find their all-time favourite treat (if you haven’t already!). For some dogs, this could be a tasty and nutritious snack, like one of our Fantail dog snacks.

When the word ‘treat’ comes to mind, you may assume we’re referring to unhealthy snacks or foods. But treats can be healthy and nourishing, hence why we created a range of superfood and meat-filled snacks for your dog! Why not take a look at our Fantail snack range

Other dogs may enjoy being rewarded with a grooming session or playtime with their favourite toy. Try to figure out what works for your dog and training will be a lot more enjoyable for you both! 

Fantail dog snacks

3. Make training fun! 

Training doesn’t have to be a chore for you or your four-legged friend! Try to approach training with a positive outlook and be prepared to have some fun whilst you bond with your favourite floof. 

Why not make training exercises into a game? That way, your dog won’t feel like a bored student in a class they don’t want to be in, but instead having a play session that is productive for you both! 

As there are many tricks and skills that you might want to teach your dog (for example: sit, stay, fetch, reacting to words), there are a lot of creative ways of making these exercises fun! 

To get started, check out this list of 13 dog training games that you and your pup can jump straight into! 

 

4. Be consistent with positive reinforcement! 

Dogs are simple creatures in the ways they like to be rewarded! If your dog does well and makes a good effort to learn a new skill or action, you should let them know that they’ve been a good boy or girl. 

If you reward your dog with praise or a treat, they are more likely to repeat that action and want to do it again! Plus, who doesn’t enjoy showing their pup that they’re proud of them? 

To avoid confusing your dog, be consistent with your positive reinforcement! Your obedience training efforts will run a lot smoother and you’ll get better results that way. 

Fantail dog beds

Be patient and enjoy the ride!

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself or your pup to master the art of obedience training overnight! It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Step by step and trick by trick, your fluffy friend will gain confidence and start to understand the basic commands that will make everyday life and social interactions so much easier! 

Do you have a favourite obedience training trick? Or have you managed to make it fun with a game or exercise? We would love to hear it in the comments! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

 

You’ve almost certainly heard of obedience training but why is it so important? Dog training can be a daunting topic for dog parents and prospective owners, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you! 

Obedience training is a crucial part of raising a dog and it doesn’t need to be overcomplicated! Training your dog is a rewarding experience for both you and your four legged friend, and you’ll soon see why! 

Scroll down to read our top 4 tips to kick-start your dog training journey! 

What's obedience training all about?

Obedience training is the act of teaching your dog certain skills or behaviours. The basics of obedience training, which includes simple ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ commands, help your dog to interact and socialise with other pets and people. 

Dog training helps to build confidence in your pup and provides mental stimulation which is important for your dog’s development and wellbeing. Plus, it even strengthens your bond with your pup - what’s not to love about that?

Before you call in a dog trainer or reach for every book available on the subject, let’s break down the basics of obedience training so you can get started with confidence. 

 Fantail dog bed

1. Get started with training early

Our number one tip for effective dog training is to get started as soon as you can! If you have a puppy, you’ll notice that they pick up training skills better than older dogs. 

By starting your dog training journey early, you’ll manage to imprint these skills in your dog’s mind and start to develop an important bond with your pet.

But if your fluffy friend is a more senior dog, or a dog you adopted, don’t worry! You can start training your dog at any age and still reap the benefits of it, so just be patient and assess what your dog already knows so you know where to begin.
 

2. Find the perfect treat

To motivate your pup in their training exercises, you’ll need to find their all-time favourite treat (if you haven’t already!). For some dogs, this could be a tasty and nutritious snack, like one of our Fantail dog snacks.

When the word ‘treat’ comes to mind, you may assume we’re referring to unhealthy snacks or foods. But treats can be healthy and nourishing, hence why we created a range of superfood and meat-filled snacks for your dog! Why not take a look at our Fantail snack range

Other dogs may enjoy being rewarded with a grooming session or playtime with their favourite toy. Try to figure out what works for your dog and training will be a lot more enjoyable for you both! 

Fantail dog snacks

3. Make training fun! 

Training doesn’t have to be a chore for you or your four-legged friend! Try to approach training with a positive outlook and be prepared to have some fun whilst you bond with your favourite floof. 

Why not make training exercises into a game? That way, your dog won’t feel like a bored student in a class they don’t want to be in, but instead having a play session that is productive for you both! 

As there are many tricks and skills that you might want to teach your dog (for example: sit, stay, fetch, reacting to words), there are a lot of creative ways of making these exercises fun! 

To get started, check out this list of 13 dog training games that you and your pup can jump straight into! 

 

4. Be consistent with positive reinforcement! 

Dogs are simple creatures in the ways they like to be rewarded! If your dog does well and makes a good effort to learn a new skill or action, you should let them know that they’ve been a good boy or girl. 

If you reward your dog with praise or a treat, they are more likely to repeat that action and want to do it again! Plus, who doesn’t enjoy showing their pup that they’re proud of them? 

To avoid confusing your dog, be consistent with your positive reinforcement! Your obedience training efforts will run a lot smoother and you’ll get better results that way. 

Fantail dog beds

Be patient and enjoy the ride!

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself or your pup to master the art of obedience training overnight! It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Step by step and trick by trick, your fluffy friend will gain confidence and start to understand the basic commands that will make everyday life and social interactions so much easier! 

Do you have a favourite obedience training trick? Or have you managed to make it fun with a game or exercise? We would love to hear it in the comments! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

 

By Milly Osborne

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