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Preventative Healthcare - Dog Behaviour

Dog Behaviour and Training

A well-behaved dog is a joy to have around. To ensure good behaviour throughout its life, training should start as early as possible, and your dog should be fully socialised. We can put you in touch with local training clubs and we run puppy parties to assist in the process. The following are basic tips on training and behaviour - there are many good books that give more in-depth advice if required. Or you can discuss any problems you have with one of our vets or nurses.


Punishment is a poor training tool and should be avoided, anything that causes pain or fear should never be used.

Rewarding good behaviour:

Discourage inappropriate behaviour:

Three golden rules:


Chewing valuable objects should be discouraged by saying ‘NO’ in a stern voice. Remove the object and after a few minutes replace it with a toy. The object should not be replaced immediately as we must take care not to reward unwanted behaviour.

Abbey Vets Key Points

Behaviour and Training

• Whilst training your puppy ensure that he/she does not try to dominate.

• Be consistent in your training

• Socialise your puppy as soon as possible

• Get used to handling your puppy and your puppy to being handled.

•  Reward good behaviour, ignore bad behaviour

•  Praise /scold behaviour immediately so the behaviour relates with your response

•  Puppies should be let out in the garden at least every 2 hours so they can learn to toilet outside

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Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.

and Training

House Training

Puppies should be let out at least every 2 hours. They should be rewarded for doing toilet outside but ignored when they foul inside. Expect accidents in the first few weeks!

Play Biting

This is normal canine behaviour but it is important to teach pups early in life that it is unacceptable. Don’t engage in rough play or encourage the puppy to attack or bit hands or feet. If the puppy does nip with enough force to be even mildly uncomfortable the owner should say “OUCH” quite loudly, stop the play and walk away from the puppy.


At the start of every dog’s life there is a uniquely sensitive period in which they can absorb many new experiences without fear. It is very important to introduce puppies to the outside world as early as possible. Therefore it is essential that until the puppy reaches 10 weeks of age we should take them out in our arms every day for a walk around the neighbourhood to experience the day to day sights and sounds of people, cars, children, bikes, push chairs etc. Although it is perfectly reasonable, and a good idea, to allow them to meet healthy, vaccinated dogs in your home or that of friends and family, please remember your puppy will not have cover against disease until a minimum of a week after second vaccination and should be carried at all times.

Handling your dog

It is worth getting used to handling your pup, and getting your pup used to being handled. Every day try opening the mouth, touching the face, gums and teeth, feeling the ears, paws and claws. This will reduce the stress of being examined and treated in the future. It will also help you to recognise what is normal for your dog and to pick up problems early.