As a dog owner you need to be able to control your dog at home, in public places and in the neighbourhood to make sure they don’t become a public safety risk or a nuisance to your neighbours or the community.
Train your puppy
Puppies are much easier to train than older dogs, and the training they get in puppyhood will stay with them for life. From the start you should teach basic good behaviour and commands to ensure that they interact safely with people – particularly children – and that you can control them in any situation.
Most importantly, they need to know that you’re the boss and they can trust you. This means being calm, kind and consistent in your commands and rewards.
Train your children
If you have children, it’s important to educate them on how to be safe around the family dog.
Dog-training classes and expert advice
Puppy pre-schools and basic obedience classes are a great way get your new dog off to a great start.
If you’re having behaviour or related problems with your pet, a professional animal trainer can help. There are lots of dog training options available in Albury. Ask your vet for more information.
Older dogs can be trained too
If you adopt an older dog that hasn’t already been properly trained or doesn’t understand your commands, don’t be discouraged. You will be able to get through to them by being patient, clear and consistent. Expert advice can help too.
Exercise improves behaviour
Dogs are full of energy and very sociable, so getting enough exercise and company has a huge effect on their behaviour. They appreciate a daily walk – something that will benefit your own fitness and wellbeing too.