Dog Training – Adapt Your Style to Fit the Breed


Dogs come in a wide variety of breeds, so much so that sometimes it is best to not even consider them all of the same species. The only reason that biologists do is that they have the ability to interbreed with other dogs. Dog owners however, have various goals and it is better to highlight the differences in dogs than their similarities.

A Great Dane looks different and thinks and behaves and much differently than a Jack Russell. The former is generally calmer. A Collie is very different from a Golden Retriever, who is very excitable and fun loving. A Chihuahua and a German Shepherd have very little in common other than being a dog.

Depending upon the breed you intend to train, you will need to revise the training of each because of these differences in dogs. Every dog needs patience while training, yet some will need it more than others do. German Shepherds are very smart and an easy breed to train since they enjoy performing to commands of obedience. Jack Russell’s are smart as well, however they can be very willful and require a variation in training technique.

One highly active, high-energy dog is a terrier, distraction techniques work well for them. They have the ability to spot movement and then they quickly go after the animal making the movement. It can be a challenge to keep their attention while training them. You may consider using dog treats, toy and other objects to keep their attention on you, by wiggling the object in their face to do so.

Collies are mellower and equally trainable; they are however, very protective and fiercely loyal, which is touching. It can however, present a problem, because your collie may bark impulsively and go after anyone they think is posing a threat to their family. This is a desirable trait in a watchdog guarding the house at night, yet it can become annoying every time a child passes by on the sidewalk during the day.

Under these circumstances, no-bark collars are sometimes required, however you should remove the collar after the sun goes down. Doing so helps the dog to associate discouragement of barking in daylight, while it should continue to function as a watchdog when you need it to do so.

Dalmatians are very strong and highly energetic they make great companions. For a dog like this to have to spend hours alone in, a small backyard with no one to play with can cause problems. You will need to take the time to help this dog use up its excess energy.

The only speed Dalmatians understand is full speed ahead. They do require a large area for running and playing. They require a master who can toss the ball far, far away and still be able to command them fully. They are loyal dogs that need a strong hand, since it takes a forceful master to be the alpha dog as far as a Dalmatian is concerned.

Your training method will need revising to fit the nature of the dog you are training. You will need to consider both aspects concerning the breed and the individual character of your dog. Similar to humans, dogs are individuals as well.

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