Man’s best friend can be a loyal and rewarding companion. Much like humans though dogs have personalities and emotions too. They feel fear and happiness, and just like all of us, some might be spicier than others. The reality is that a dog’s personality can have a major impact on how to train them. Certain dogs react better to training methods based on their behavior.
Dogs have different learning styles, just like humans or other mammals. They all benefit from structure, routine, and consistent enforcing of boundaries. Yelling, hitting, and other violent techniques are never the solution for any dog. Those actions only reinforce existing behavior problems or make them worse.
These dogs learn quickly. They are tuned into the environment and read their owners like a book. They work well with positivity and forceful behavior. They need a quiet calm teaching environment, they are sensitive to a trainer being too high or too low.
Examples of highly sensitive dogs:
- Pit bulls
- Border collies
- Australian shepherds
- German shepherds
- Most toy breeds
Happy go lucky
These dogs roll with you, the owner. Thick-skinned and generally very tolerant, they bounce back from rough situations. They’re good for novice owners because you can make mistakes and the dog won’t hold it against you. These dogs excel in active, bustling, loud households which is why these dogs are good family dogs. When training these dogs you must be straightforward and obvious. You’ll most likely have to repeat yourself often.
Examples of happy go lucky dogs
- Golden retrievers
- Bernese Mountain Dogs
These dogs need consistency and firmness more so than other dogs. The dogs may have different ideas than you have and will need to be reminded of what it is you want. These dogs are the ones that are likely to come up with their own rules. In training these dogs you teach them that you are the leader of the pack, the alpha. Give the command in a firm, low tone- not a questioning one. Be consistent when enforcing house rules and commands and don’t shrug off behaviors. If you aren’t consistent with these dogs they will make their own rules.
Examples of Creative Thinkers
- Your dog’s behavior is the best indicator and all breeds can have creative thinkers.
Maintain a safe environment
It’s important no matter what that your dog feels safe and healthy. When training, don’t expose your pup to dangerous situations where they are fearful. When a dog feels threatened and fearful it might respond with aggression. It can be difficult to consistently be aware of habits and environmental factors that may affect your dog’s behavior. One example is the research that shows dogs are more stressed in cluttered homes. That’s why it’s best to always train your dog in a safe and clean area with plenty of room.
Learning about your dog and what works for them is the most important factor. Learn your dog’s temperament and then start to build trust with them. No matter what consistency and patience are key when training. Always use a calm but firm voice and reward positive behavior.