by Hedley Millington
                                                 Follow these golden rules of training a young dog and you won't go far wrong.

  ●     It is only impossible until you do it.

  ●     Never overdo a lesson and bore the puppy.

  ●     Always make your puppy succeed, even if you have to go back to a  lesson.

  ●     A happy pup will always want to learn more.

  ●     Combine your lessons with something your puppy enjoys, such as taking a walk or playing in the yard.

  ●     Never move on to the next lesson until you have perfected the previous one.

  ●     Always be consistent with the pup.

  ●     Five minutes a day, five days a week, for four months, this will save a ten-year mistake.

  ●     Repetition, repetition, repetition.

  ●     Always firm, always fair.

  ●     Never ever lose your temper.

  ●     Playtime is as important as training time.

  ●     All training should be kept short and sweet.

  ●     Make haste slowly.

  ●     Start small and work your way up to greater things.

  ●     It will work if you practice and give it time.

  ●     Always end training sessions on a good note.

  ●     Keep distractions to a minimum in early stages of training.

  ●     All commands are soft and reassuring in early stages, never shouted.

  ●     Never pressure your pup into learning too fast, take each step as it comes.

  ●     Success is learnt, not born and bred.

  ●     90% trainer, 10% dog.

  ●     Success = confidence.

  ●     Confidence = greater success.