Autumn is drawing near and the warm rays of the sun have lost the heat of summer. This is exactly the right time for us and our four-legged friends to run around outside as the mood takes us, learning new tricks and enjoying some training.


You’ll want to have the right rewards to hand. Snacks come in different sizes, flavours and varieties, and are tailored to meet your dog’s natural nutritional needs. There’s something to suit every dog’s palate and your dog will love learning new tricks with a tasty treat. However, be mindful that snacks are only meant as a supplement to food.


Dogs always need to be motivated to behave. This motivation can take the form of food, praise, a loving touch, or even a short game. But for all that, hardly any of it will work if the basis of the bond between pet and owner isn’t right. Many canines just forget their human masters when they’re outside as soon they’re let off the lead.

They run ahead sniffing and simply turn a deaf ear to your call. You can lay the foundation that prevents this happening later, as early as whelping age, keep calling your little nipper to you in a high, friendly tone and praise him when he comes trotting up.

Then something really great should follow, like an exciting game or a tasty treat. Fido should learn early on:” It’s worth my while if I come!”


Keep reinforcing this training. Fido should be allowed to sniff around and switch off during the walk. All the same, make him aware of you every now and then, run with him and get a bit of obedience practice in. This promotes bonding, as your dog learns that it’s worth keeping an eye on his owner and he wouldn’t want to miss out on a reward or game.


Keep regular eye contact, if your dog looks you in the eye, give praise and a little treat. You encourage this eye contact, by teaching your dog to first look at you when you let him off the lead and only then is he allowed to run around. Make sure that the training time you spend with your pet in enjoyable for both of you!


Maxi Zoo stocks a wide variety of training tools and toys that can aid in this process, call into your local store today to discuss your dog’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.