Has your house been graced with the new sound of pitter pattering puppy paws? If so, let me first say congratulations. Second, I'd like to ask, do you know how to train it?
Just like a child, a dog learns the most important rules in life from an early age. Those first few weeks are when it is most receptive to learning how to behave, where to go to the toilet, and how to interact with humans. It is important, therefore, that you train the pup correctly.
Despite being a nation of dog lovers, and dog owners, a much smaller percentage actually know the best techniques to train a dog. There are basic methods that apply to all breeds, but then you also have to take the individual personality and temperament of your dog as well.
The results of an inadequately trained puppy becomes only too clear in later life. Some dogs chew up the furniture, others poo on the floor, some become aggressive, and in the worst case scenario have to be put down.
The golden opportunity for training is definitely in the early days, but that doesn't mean an old dog can't learn new tricks. If you have bought a rescue dog, you might find that they have a nervous; all is not lost. You can help ease their anxiety through progressive training techniques.
Before you can train your dog, however, you might need a little training too. The Dog Hub provide that training, and help owners teach dogs of every age and breed. They are based in Camden and provide several types of training schemes, including the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Puppy Foundation, Bronze Walkabouts, and private one-to-one classes.
Of course, The Dog Hub understand that you might not want to fork out the cash before you see results, which is why they have set up Dogs in Royal Parks, a scheme that allows dog owners to get a free taster session before they fully commit.
Susan and Barbara run classes at Regent's Park on various dates throughout the year, and the next scheduled event is on the 2nd December at 10am. There is no need to book, just meet up at the old gazebo on the Broadwalk, south of the Honest Sausage cafe. If you would like to take the opportunity to get involved in more free training sessions, then you can call 07875 778 785 for more details and future dates.