Dog Training Tips – How To Train a Dog

Dog Training Tips

If you have ever tried to find tips online about how to train your dog, you would have realised that there is lots and lots of (very different!) information!

Our approach is to use positive training methods, and to teach pet parents and their pooches that positive actions and behaviours deserve to be rewarded – no matter how old your dog may be!

Help your dog learn faster - Ditch the food bowl!

Making your dog work for their kibble is not only fun for them, but also allows you to create good behaviours and keep your dog busy while you are away. The trick is to keep some kibble on hand with you everywhere you go, and reinforce your buddy’s good behaviour.
Firstly, weigh out your dog’s usual daily kibble amount in the morning and place it in treat bags.

Throughout the day, reward your dog with some kibble anytime they behave positively.

  • When they sit instead of jumping up on a visitor or family member
  • When they wait patiently at the door to come inside
  • When they sit on their mat without being told

On their walk, reward them with some more kibble when they:

  • Display great ‘loose leash’ walking (i.e. not pulling)
  • Sit at a corner and waiting to cross the road
  • Show good social skills when you encounter another dog or person

If you’re going out for the day and need to leave your dog at home, use the kibble to keep your dog busy. Spread it throughout your backyard, in every area your buddy is allowed access to.

Your dog will spend a few hours sniffing out their kibble instead of digging holes, barking and engaging in other destructive behaviours. For extra stimulation, provide your dog with a few Kong toys stuffed with tasty treats!

Alternatively, use half your dog’s daily kibble amount and feed the other half at dinner time as normal.

Stop your dog pulling on their lead

The first thing some owners do when their dog pulls on their lead is speed up their walk to try and wear out their pooch. Not only does this reinforce the leash pulling but it excites your dog to go faster! Slow down your walks and stop often.

Speeding up a walk with your dog to accommodate leash pulling limits their ability to take in their environment as they steam along; there is too much stimuli for their brain to keep up with. Your dog may continue to get aggravated as each stimulus builds up their arousal, and suddenly you have a monster on the other end of the leash!

  • Slow down and let your dog take in the sights and sounds.
  • Let them have a sniff around and wait until your dog is settled enough to move onto the next environmental distraction.
  • Reward you dog for displaying great leash behaviour. Keeping a stash of treats, or their favourite toy, in your pocket will capture their attention and encourage them to focus.

Train your dog during a walk

Dogs are very fine discriminators; if you only teach your dog to sit when they’re in the kitchen they will only think that ‘sit’ means sit in the kitchen. While the upside is that your dog will be exceptionally behaved when they’re in the kitchen, the downfall to this is that they’ll have no comprehension of training commands in different environments.

It’s important that we teach our dogs to comply with commands in all situations so they display proficient obedience in all environments. An easy way to do this is by stopping every few minutes on your walk and running through all of your commands.

Ask your dog to sit, drop, stand and stay as you walk along. Do it every 100m on a 6km walk and you have just completed 60 stops full of different training commands and trained your dog in 60 different environments!

After a few walks together your dog will start to perform these commands in any situation!

Stop destroying things while you’re away

Always give your dog a job to do while you’re away. If your dog barks when you’re not at home, digs holes or destroys everything in sight, they’re letting you know that they’re bored from lack of stimulation. Although these destructive behaviours are very common, they are actually very easy to fix!

  • Mentally and physically stimulate your dog before they are left out in the yard for the day. Before you go to work, go for a walk or do some training. Waking up and putting your dog straight outside can be a recipe for disaster!
  • Provide your dog a job to do while you are away. If you don’t, they’ll find their own like barking, digging and destroying things! Get half of your dog’s daily kibble amount and spread it throughout your backyard. Your dog will spend a few hours sniffing out their kibble, getting great mental stimulation and physical exercise!
  • Get a few Kong toys and stuff them full of tasty treats. Consider getting a pet pool to fill with sand and bury your dog’s toys in. Freeze your Kong and treats in a container of water to add an extra challenge and help cool your dog on a hot day!

Go with you, anywhere

It may seem scary at first, but taking your dog everywhere you possibly can will improve their behaviour, your relationship and understanding of each other.

This might include the beach, to a friend’s house or even down the street to the local café. The more experiences you can share with your dog, and the more you can strengthen your bond, the better they will be. Exposing your dog to more experiences and environments allows for a well-balanced and socialised buddy.

Don’t forget to take treats along, to create positive association with each new place and reinforce great behaviours!

Puppy School

Do you have a new puppy? Learn more about PETstock’s Puppy School Program.

Our Recommended Products

Petlife Head Halti

Gentle, safe and reduces your dog’s urge to pull on their leash. Help your dog get used to their Halti by associating it with walks and treats.

Ezydog 5m tracking leash

A must-have tool for owners struggling to get a reliable recall from their dog. Take your dog anywhere, attach them to the Ezydog leash and reward them every time they come to you when called.

Original Kong toy

Use this to keep your dog busy in the backyard, help their anxiety while travelling in the car, teach them to sit on their mat…the opportunities are endless!

Vets all Natural training treats

Healthy treats that most dogs love! They are also a great size and come in packs of 500


Never miss out on a great deal for your buddy.

By clicking 'Join Now' you agree to PETstock Pty Ltd. Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.