trained dog is a happy dog!
owner of a well trained dog is happier too. Whether or not to train
your dog is not an option, for if you don’t train them, they will
surely train you and you probably won’t like the results. A Brittany
can be so charming and cute it can be easier sometimes just to give
in to his whims. Therein lies the danger! Always remember that the cute
little puppy on your lap will grow up one day and, if untrained, could
become a terror in your household!
is no reason for you to feel guilty about enforcing rules. Dogs
love structure! Instead of resenting rules, dogs feel more secure
in an environment in which everyone knows his or her place and
understands expected behavior.
In nature, canines live in a strict society with a clearly identified
leader and in which everyone else has a place in the “pack
family”. Since you are the one that buys the dog food and
pays the mortgage, it is only natural for you to be the “pack
don’t resent taking a secondary role in the “pack”
since it is part of their nature. What dogs don’t like is uncertainty
about what is expected of them, so consistency is extremely important
in your training program.
give into him one day then expect him to obey the rules tomorrow. If
you don’t want the dog to jump up on people, then don’t
let him do it “sometimes.” Wishy-washy rules only confuse
the dog and can actually increase unwanted behaviors.
Training any dog does take up time, but it’s time well spent for
both you and your dog. Training sessions should always have a positive
tone, but remember to remain steady and consistent in your expectations.
If things don’t go well one day, try not to get angry. Your dog
will probably not understand why you have suddenly changed from his
good buddy into a screaming stranger. By the same token, going into
long explanations of why he is such a “bad dog” is just
a waste of your breath for he doesn’t speak your language. Don’t
try to reason with him! If he doesn’t do what you want, calmly
show him the correct behavior and then reward him for it with praise
and/or a treat. He will learn much more quickly this way. Remember that
he really does want to please you and praise will encourage him to do
the right thing again.
Thoroughly investigate the breed before you decide to bring a Brittany
home. Breeders, trainers and owners can tell you what you might expect
when training a Brittany. Some dogs will learn quickly while others
require more time. Breeders should be able to give you a good idea of
the trainability and personality quirks common in their lines.
Always try to end your training sessions on a positive note! Before
you finish each training session, give your dog a chance to do a task
that you are sure he can do successfully and reward him before quitting
for the day.
There are many books that can help you learn how to train your dog and
if you set up a regular schedule of training and stick to it, you can
see positive results in a fairly short time. (There are a few such books
listed on our recommended reading page.) If you are the type of person
who needs help sticking to a training schedule or you’re not sure
you are training correctly to get the results you want, enrolling in
a training class is a good idea. You and your dog may make some great
new friends as well!
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