by Hedley Millington
Follow these golden rules of training a young dog and you won’t go far wrong.

  • It is only impossible until you do it.
  • Never overdo a lesson and bore the puppy.
  • Always make your puppy succeed, even if you have to go back to a lesson.
  • A happy pup will always want to learn more.
  • Combine your lessons with something your puppy enjoys, such as taking a walk or playing in the yard.
  • Never move on to the next lesson until you have perfected the previous one.
  • Always be consistent with the pup.
  • Five minutes a day, five days a week, for four months, this will save a ten-year mistake.
  • Repetition, repetition, repetition.
  • Always firm, always fair.
  • Never ever lose your temper.
  • Playtime is as important as training time.
  • All training should be kept short and sweet.
  • Make haste slowly.
  • Start small and work your way up to greater things.
  • It will work if you practice and give it time.
  • Always end training sessions on a good note.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum in early stages of training.
  • All commands are soft and reassuring in early stages, never shouted.
  • Never pressure your pup into learning too fast, take each step as it comes.
  • Success is learnt, not born and bred.
  • 90% trainer, 10% dog.
  • Success = confidence.
  • Confidence = greater success.