Television programmes – and of course all those amusing social media clips of performing pooches – have put pressure on new dog owners to have their pets jumping through hoops before they can barely walk.
There is a risk of concentrating on making your new pet a star, when in fact training your puppy in basic manners and good behaviour is more vital.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when training a puppy is to overdo things. Just like any baby, young dogs can quickly become over-stimulated, bewildered and exhausted.
This means dog owners need to manage their own expectations and timetable, according to an expert in puppy training in Suffolk.
Highly respected pet behaviourist and trainer Sue Kewley has found herself in demand to give opinions and tips, for national magazines and radio stations.
She is thrilled to find her expertise is in demand and happy there is a growing awareness of the amazing things dogs can learn.
However, Sue is keen to point out that undue pressure, harshness and blaming the dog for failing can be counterproductive.
Care is also needed in training puppies to avoid the boredom of constantly repeating the same tasks.
All of this can make puppies act up.
The trick, according to Sue, is to encourage your puppy during training. Make sure they are happy and having fun while they learn. Keep your commands simple and understandable, and reward your puppy for participation. That way you earn a lifetime of devotion and loyalty from your dog.
On the other side of the coin, if you are puppy training and you confuse or overwhelm your new furry friend, trust may be a hard thing to win back.
For the very best in puppy training in Suffolk, contact Sue for help and advice.