So you have just picked up a little bundle of joy; your new puppy! But where to begin on training this cute bundle of fluff to be the type of dog you want as an adult? Efficient and effective training is vital from a young age to ensure a happy, healthy and obedient canine friend.

Fun, friendly puppy classes can be a great place to start in order to teach your puppy good manners and general obedience. All training should be done using kind, effective, reward based methods, so your puppy enjoys working with you. During the early stages training should involve such as; walking on a loose lead, coming when called, not jumping up, food manners, and positions such as ; sit/down/stand and ‘wait’.

Puppies parties can also be a great fun way to benefit your puppy's early development and socialisation. These sessions are often organised by your local veterinary surgeries and allows puppies to interact with pups of a similar age and focus of socialisation and offer first time owners advice on basic first aid, handling and grooming.

Excessive exercise at a young age should be avoided to prevent wear and tear on the joints whilst your puppy is still developing. Begin a regular exercise programme with your puppy and stick to it, then you can increase the amount and the distances he exercises over as he develops and grows. Listen to your puppy as he can often provide the answers you need to whether he has had a enough exercise, so be attentive!

The aim for your new puppy is that he becomes fit, healthy, happy and fed a balanced and nutritious diet. From a young age canines can benefit from the inclusion of a joint supplement in their diet in order to protect and prevent against wear and tear and promote long term mobility. So good luck, and enjoy your new furry friend!

Scientific Nutritional Products offer a range of supplements to including joint health supplements for dogs. The ethos of the company is refreshing, manufacturing high specification dog supplements without compromise, selling directly to customers through their website; in order to make their products exceptional value for money.

  • For more information or to receive one-to-one advice specific to your dog contact our nutritional specialist Peter Fishpool on FREEPHONE 0800 032 7774.