Some people may suggest waiting until your puppy is over eighteen weeks to begin puppy training, but we recommend you start to train him after a day or so of him settling into his new home. Gather the family together and agree on the house rules. If your puppy is not allowed on the furniture then make this a house rule that everyone sticks to. It’s important that everyone be consistent with the house rules and training as possible. Puppies and dogs learn by association (i.e. in order for your dog to understand something they have to experience it) so the more consistent everyone is in training the better. If some are deviating from the plan then your puppy will become very confused and will stop listening to you as he cannot work out right from wrong. It’s important not to punish your puppy. Never become physical. It is ok to tell him “No” but you should never raise your voice, smack him or rough handle him. This will just frighten your puppy. can start to teach the basic commands sit, stay and come as soon as your puppy has found his paws in his new home. Commands should be said in a normal voice.  There is no need to use a harsh tone.  You are asking your puppy to do something for you and he is trying to learn that so be patient and try to use just one word for each command you are teaching. Stringing words together will have no meaning for him, so saying “come over here then” will just confuse him. Simply use the word "come".

Make the training a positive experience. You can reward with praise or a toy or treats but whatever you choose, make it a positive process. When your puppy is first learning don’t “label” what he is doing until he is actually doing it.  For example: Sit – using a treat or toy as a lure.  Hold a treat or toy above your puppy’s head so he will look up and naturally sit.  When he actually sits say “sit” and then reward your puppy.  Your puppy will soon realise that he is being rewarded for sitting.  Once he is reliably sitting and knows what it means you can then start saying “sit” beforehand. For more helpful tips on obedience training click here. 

Puppy Training Classes or Home Training? training classes can be a good place to socialise your puppy. However it is important to find the right one to suit your needs and temperament of your puppy. For instance, if you have quite a boisterous puppy then it is not uncommon for the Trainer to ask you to remove your puppy from the lesson because he is disrupting the class. This defeats the whole purpose of you going to classes in the first place! Find a class or programme that will accommodate your needs. You should have a clear and structured class with goals to aim for.

The simplest and best way to find the right class for your puppy is to go along without your puppy and observe a class.  All good Trainers are happy for potential clients to observe their classes and to answer any queries you might have.  Check out a few and select the one you feel best suits you.  

Bark Busters Puppy Program - training and behaviour

Bark Busters Puppy Program can be started prior to your puppy having its final vaccinations and any time up to 18 weeks of age.  The training gives you a head start and gives you everything you need to successfully train your puppy plus deal with any puppy problems that are either already occurring or may occur.  The training takes place in your home and the initial visit lasts between 3 to 4 hours.  Please note: although training will be carried out on the day, puppies can get tired very quickly so some training may only be able to be explained and not demonstrated.  Further visits are scheduled according to your puppies needs.  It is common for problems to arise when your puppy hits what could be considers its teenage years when compared to children so whether you choose Silver “12 month guarantee” or Gold “Lifetime of your dog” guarantee you will have the peace of mind of have ongoing help.

PLAY TIME by Elliotwestacott freeimage-3357560The training will cover:

  • Fast track toilet training.
  • The benefits of crate training
  • Diet and good food manners
  • Recall - coming when called.
  • Gate and door manners.
  • Sit, stay, wait and down training. 
  • Correct holding of the lead and introducing your puppy to walking.
  • Walking on a loose lead by your side.
  • Distance control (staying with you when there are other distractions)
  • How to successfully socialise your puppy
  • How to de-sensitise your puppy to, for example, vacuum cleaners and car travel.
  • Protecting your puppy from being traumatised by e.g. other humans and dogs.
  • Accustoming your puppy to being handled.
  • Bad behaviour management and prevention e.g. jumping up, mouthing and play biting. 


Clients will need a long puppy lead and soft collar plus a 25 or 30 foot puppy recall lead.  These can either be purchased from your pet shop or from myself on the day.

Client Support

A full set of information will be provided explaining everything that is covered in the training.  Email and phone telephone support will also be provided so you have professional help and advice on hand when you need it.

Bark Busters Program for older puppies

Bark Busters Puppy Program is designed to cover everything you need for training and managing the behaviour of your young puppy.  When it comes to older puppies you may still be struggling with toilet training.  You may have already tried to lead train your puppy and your puppy has started to pull.  You may have been teaching basic commands but your puppy is having trouble understanding what is expected of him.  Your puppy may have been unwell and you are behind with his training.  You may also have gone to training classes and these have not worked out for you.  In these instances I tailor make our program to address the needs of you and your puppy.  I will address any problems you may be experiencing and will also identify any training that your puppy still needs.  

For expert professional help and advice on training your puppy

Call Freephone 0808 100 4071


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