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Training & Behaviour

Boston Terrior puppy

Dog Training

If you are unable to monitor your puppy 24 hours a day, then it is likely that the house training process will take your puppy approximatley 6 months. Since puppies are growing and developing quickly at this stage, they eat more food, and burn up more energy, they also have not yet developed bowel and bladder control, so they can't 'hold it' as long as adult dogs.

If you're having house training problems with your puppy, then make sure you don't use bleach to clean up with - the amonia will only encourage your puppy to toilet in the wrong place. Don'tshout at them or rub their nose in it either - they'll only go and hide in the corner to toilet. Choose a simple solution stain and odour remover to clean up after you puppy.

Usually puppy's will get the house training message within a few weeks. If you have a persistent puppy house training problem, then contact a behaviourist. Once they've developed a habit, it won't go away without training or behavioural help.

There are many dog training classes that you can take your pet, if you are finding it difficult to train your pet to be obedient then we would recommend that you seek professional advice.

Cat Training

It is possible to train your cat so that they can recognise their name, and to come on command. The earlier you start training, the greater chance of success. Each cat will react differently so you will need to be patient.

You can reinforce tricks your cat has mastered, but do not confuse him or her by teaching more than one new behaviour at a time.

Your pet should be rewarded every time they perform a new task correctly. Once your pet has learned the trick then only give a reward every now and then. When rewarding your pet try to use a favourite food as a reward, or something different, like a special flavour or treat. Manufactured cat treats are the healthiest option.

If your cat isn't succeeding with the desired behaviour, you may be trying to progress too quickly. Go back to your previous training until you and your cat understand each other.

Training for specific situations

Cats that habitually go to the toilet outside the litter box should be gently brought to the litter tray once or twice a day. If they relieve themselves inside it, reward them. You could also try placing the litter tray where your cat keeps going to associate the tray with the toilet.

Training tips

Train your cat before giving them thier main meal, as a food reward will not be so rewarding on a full stomach.
When you start training, try to eliminate any distracting noises as it will make the training process difficult.
Keep sessions short, ending them before your cat gets bored or tired. 15 minutes is ideal and keeps your cat fresh.
Don't vary the training sessions - make sure the trainer, commands, signals and rewards are always the same.
Try to spend a minimum of 10-15 minutes every day and stick with it. Training your cat once a month won't get the results you want.

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