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Pet Training Tips for All Life Stages

Whether raising an energetic puppy or helping an older dog learn new tricks, mental enrichment is something to be done throughout your pup's life, helping to strengthen your bond and keep them happy and healthy.

It’s back-to-school season and the perfect time to think about training your pet, no matter their age! Whether raising an energetic puppy or helping an older dog learn new tricks, mental enrichment is something to be done throughout your pup’s life, helping to strengthen your bond and keep them happy and healthy.

The Playful Puppy Phase

1. Start Early: Begin training when you bring your puppy home. Young puppies are eager to learn and explore. Use this phase to establish basic commands. Short, positive training sessions work best to keep their attention focused.

2. Positive Reinforcement: Use TLC Whole Life Puppy, Dog Food & biscuits, and lots of praise to reward good behavior. This creates a positive association with the command/action and makes training fun for both of you.

3. Socialization Matters: Expose your pup to different people, animals, sounds, and environments. This helps them become well-adjusted, confident adults. 

4. Consistency: Repeat commands and hand signals and use consistency when rewarding behavior. Have the household use the same cues to avoid confusing your pup. This helps your pup know what to expect, which reinforces the desired behaviors. 

The Wise Old Pooch Phase

1. Be Patient: Older dogs might take a little more time to learn new commands or tricks, but it’s certainly possible and a great way to keep their minds active and bodies moving.

2. Adapt to Individual Needs: Consider your older dog’s physical and mental abilities. Tailor the training to suit their current capabilities. 

3. Brain Games: Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for senior dogs. Need some ideas? Check out our post, “DIY Mental Enrichment Games for Dogs.

4. Continue Positive Reinforcement: Positive reinforcement remains effective regardless of age. Offer treats, praise, and affection as rewards for following commands or exhibiting good behavior.

5. Know When to Break or Stop: If your dog seems frustrated, tired, or disinterested, it’s time to wrap up the session. You want training to be enjoyable, not stressful.

Every dog is unique, and their training journey will reflect that. Be patient and consistent and use positive reinforcement like praise and treats. Enjoy the moments of growth and the lifelong companionship that comes with a well-trained furry friend.