Train the dog in front of you…
There’s a lot of thinking out there that certain breeds of dog need a certain method of training, or perhaps special consideration, or even a reason as to why some things just won’t work for them.
With concept-based training, we certainly do take the breed into account, but like with all dogs, we work out what concepts need enhancing to re-shape the brain and what games will help to grow those concepts.
Here’s the thing though, we don’t change the WAY we train due to the breed. We also consider the dog as an individual, as even though breed traits can be very prevalent in a dog, within each breed, each dog has their own personality.
So, the take away message from this is to certainly consider the breed of dog you own, but consider more their individual personality, train the dog in front of you and know that for every training struggle there really is a game for that!
About the Author: Kelly Murrell helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. Previously she worked in the Bowerland office, but moved to Canada with her husband. She is an avid dog trainer and regularly posts dog training tips for Devon Dogs, Bowerland and Progressive Paws.