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Tracie's Tips

Do your research. 

When looking for your new dog, do thorough research to make sure you can fulfil the needs of the breed you choose.


Skill up. 

Every moment of a dog’s life is a training and learning opportunity so set your dog up to succeed by being prepared yourself.


Set up for your puppy. 

A puppy requires boundaries, clear direction, rest, stimulation and training from the minute you bring it home. The age of the puppy will determine the stages it goes through and how you are  set up is very important.


Structure & Routine.

A daily routine is always recommended as this allows for owners and other family members to follow the same programme. Structure allows for clarity and understanding in all areas of your dog's life.


Deal with the dog in front of you.

Always reinforce good behaviour.

Physical and vocal praise are also rewards and should be used in conjunction with food. Some dogs that are less food motivated will respond to praise, toys or games above treats, so use different rewards for different behaviours. High value treats when learning a new behaviour, lower value to reinforce already learned behaviour.



Only use the dog’s name in a positive way. 

If you want your dog to return to you when training recall, his name should be associated with good things and he’s more likely to come bounding back to you. 


Be Kind, Calm and assertive

Always remain calm, even when frustrated and don’t give up. Trust is the most important part of your relationship with your dog and it goes both ways!



Regular Exercise on and off lead makes for a calm and happy dog.