Dog training can help prevent nuisance behaviours such as barking, jumping up and begging. It is far better to prevent these behaviours than to deal with them later on. It is vital that you teach your puppy or dog appropriate and acceptable social behaviour. Teaching your dog household manners is also a priority.
Reward-based training has been scientifically proven to be the most effective and humane way to train your pet. This is when you reward your pet for doing what you want them to do (i.e. sit), increasing the likelihood that they will do it again.
Conversely punishment techniques can cause fear, anxiety and aggression in dogs, therefore can be dangerous for both owners and dogs. Punishment also fails to teach your dog how you want them to behave and can ruin your dog's trust in you and other people. It's important to remember that first impressions are long-lasting, therefore we recommended you seek the advice of a professional dog trainer.
For tips on dog training refer to the Australian Veterinary Association's Ten Top Tips For Training Dogs and try contacting:
- The RSPCA Animal Training and Behaviour Centre on 3426 9928
- The Association of Pet Dog Trainers
- Logan All Breeds Dog Obedience Club on 0415 611 121
- Your local vet (for all animal management and health issues)
- Logan City Council Animal Management Centre
- Logan City Council Libraries for helpful books and videos.