With a bit of time and effort from you, your child can be your dog’s trainer, showing him what he is capable of. Taking those precious moments to teach your dog, both youngster and animal can forge a close connection and after each successful stage your child can only grow in self-belief. Even children of less than one year old can be involved in this tuition. No child below the age of 7 or 8 or even older should be on their own without guidance and instruction.

Here are three tips for your dog.

First of all, train it to respond to your look as you call its name, by giving it a treat each time it comes to you, when you greet it. You will need to rehearse his name a good number of times.

Secondly, hold in one hand a treat just above the dog’s nose, while telling it to sit, and with other hand placed down on its rump. Gradually raise the treat higher and gently press on the rump. Tell the dog to sit and when he does so, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat this exercise 5 times and then later in the week.

Thirdly, for the command “stay”, get the dog to sit, and then take some paces backwards. If your dog does not stay still, repeat the command and if he sits, even for a short while, praise him and give him a treat. Repeat the exercise with the time of “staying” being gradually lengthened from a few seconds up to half a minute. As the time is lengthened, step a few further feet back. And make the time even longer to one minute and then five. You will need to go over this again and again and again with plenty of endurance and time.