When it comes to puppy training, consistency is key. This can make it more confusing when there are a lot of family members trying to train your four-legged friend at once. However, using all members of your family, including children, can play a vital role in the development of your dog’s training, and build stronger relationships between you and your dog.
But how do you get your children involved in your dog’s training process, and what is the best practice to make sure you encourage the most effective results in a safe way?
Teach Your Children Dog Body Language
Before introducing your children to dog training, it is important for them to be able to recognise the body language of their new puppy. For example, learning the boundaries that a dog may have and when they would want to be left alone. This is very important when building trusting relationships between your dog and your children, and also helps them recognise this in dogs outside of the family.
Get Them Involved in Everyday Care
Even if your children are too young to handle the major responsibilities of dog training, getting your children involved in the everyday care of your new dog (with supervision) can make them feel more included. Let them have the responsibility of filling up the dog’s water bowl carefully, or assist in praising your puppy when they go to the toilet outside.
This encourages building a closer relationship with your dog and recognising the work needed to take care of them overall, while still feeling a heightened sense of responsibility.
Learn the Basics
While the more complicated aspects of dog training should be left to the adults of the family, teaching your children the basic commands and how to use them helps make them feel like an important contributor to the training overall. Encouraging your children to give basic commands helps your dog to learn to take directions from both children and adults.
When your child has mastered the basics of dog training, they can start to help with the more advanced elements. For example, if you have trained your dog to sit and stay, your child can help progress by teaching the dog to stay still for a longer period of time.
Watch this video by Puppy Coach to find out more ways to involve your children in the basic training of your dog:
Introduce Training Tools
As described in Puppy Coach’s video, it can be useful to introduce tools that help your children understand how to train your dog. At Gencon, we have a range of products like the Lez Graham Retrieving Roll, which is ideal for the whole family to use to aid your pup’s training.
Need a little extra help with a particularly boisterous puppy when out for walks? Decrease the likelihood of this behaviour with the Gencon All-In-One Headcollar and Lead.
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