Dog Training According to Dog Types
last updated 05th, Apr 2013,
A trained dog is a happy dog. The owner of a trained dog is a happy owner.
Thus, training your dog is important. If you think you don’t have the time to train your dog or if you think dog training is taxing, you shouldn’t adopt one in the first place. Training a dog is very important if you want to bond with your dog and have lots of fun with him.
Having said that, know that there are several aspects to training a dog. There is dog potty training to begin with. Then you have to focus on teaching him a few commands so that he listens to you. You should teach him words like Sit, Fetch, NO, Yes, Good Boy/Girl, and so on. All this is very important because only when he knows what is wrong and right will he be a good dog. I mean, all dogs are ‘good’ but let’s just say training will make him even better!
So how do you approach it? How do you actually begin and go on with it? Before even thinking about all this, know that dog training depends on the breed you have. How? Well, each breed is different. Some dogs are smart and easy while others are highly intelligent but very stubborn. Some dogs can get easily frustrated while others can get bored of the same routine. This is why you should first understand the needs of the breed of dog you have and then go ahead with the training process. If you apply the same tactics for a German shepherd as you would for a Pug, you will end up getting frustrated yourself and your dog will loathe the training sessions.
Know that there is no way to classify dog breeds into difficult to train and easy to train. Of course you will find a number of lists of easy to train dogs online but you should realize that it all depends on your approach. It is all about how you go on about it. For one person, training a Labrador could be supremely easy while for another person it could be really hard. Why? Because of the approach.
Now you may ask of the best approach for your particular dog. Well, for that you have to understand your dog. True that you won’t understand him within a week or two of bringing him home but you should start as early as possible and for that, you should check out the Internet or ask the breeding expert. Every dog breed has its own characteristics that set it apart from the rest. You should identify these characteristics and then be prepared to train your dog accordingly.
Here are some examples of different breeds of dogs and their characteristics to take into consideration:
Doberman Pinscher: Doberman Pinscher are extremely smart but you should keep your training fun and interesting. They tend to get frustrated really quickly.
German Shepherd: They are relatively ‘easy’ to train but you should be very careful with them and keep a constant watch over them so that they don’t pick up any bad habit. If they do, you will have a very hard time making them stop it.
Border Collie: These dogs are, again, very smart dogs but the problem with them is that they get bored easily and once they get bored they will stop bothering about what you have to say. Keep your training session interesting and throw in some extra treats for each action followed and each order obeyed.
Pug: These dogs need patience because they are extremely stubborn. If they decide to pee in one place, they will find ways to pee in that particular place by hook or crook. Even if you try training them to pee some place else, they will take a lot of time to learn.
Labrador Retrievers: These extremely friendly and lively dogs can sometimes get too enthusiastic. Calming them down and making them listen to you might be tough at times but usually, you will have lots of fun with your Labrador. Labradors training
Poodle (Standard): These doll-like dogs are so cute, you will never lose your patience with them and guess what? You won’t have to. They are great listeners and will obey your orders easily. Many people say that poodles are extremely easy to train.
This list has surely given you an idea of what I am trying to say here. Every dog is different and once you research your dog and find out about his characteristics, it will be easier for you. Also, with time you will understand your dog even better and you can change your training technique accordingly. There are a few key points to remember here regardless of the breed:
Persistence and consistence
You HAVE to be persistent. You should try and try until he learns. At the same time, you should be consistent with your orders. For example, don’t go saying NO once and then change the command to NAHH or something else. Your dog will be confused and he will never learn. Please keep this in mind.
Interest and fun
Dog training should be FUN for your dog and not an exercise. You should not overdo it and make it taxing for your dog. You should keep it fun and interesting, and you should praise him endlessly when he does something right. That is the only way he will learn quickly in a fun manner.
Be Up to Date
Training is a continuous process. Don’t give up after a couple of months thinking he will remember his lessons throughout. If he a naughty one, he will forget all about his training and jump on a loophole opportunity. Make it fun and interesting so that you don’t have to really stress out about doing it regularly.
Dog Training Products
Use dog training products to make things easier for you. You will find numerous different items to choose from such as a training whistle, special training treats, head dog collar, training mats, training pads, and sprays to use when you want him to stop licking a particular wounded or irritated area.
Take the help of these dog training products so that you do a job and a thorough job of training him.