Training Dalmatians is all about rewarding good behavior and correcting bad habits. The Dalmatian breed is very intelligent and that sometimes can make training difficult. The key to quick training results is being confident, consistent and positive throughout each training session.
The sooner you start training your Dalmatian, the better. Many owners tend to wait a couple of months before they do any kind of training thinking the puppy is too young to learn. In reality though, Dalmatians start learning things right away. Even though you might not be teaching your pup anything directly, the dog is constantly looking for confirmation or disapproval of their behavior.
For example if the Dalmatian puppy starts chewing on your shoes and sees you laughing at how cute and adorable he is, he will assume your laughter means that you approve of that kind of behavior. If however you said “No” in a firm voice and replaced your shoe with a toy, then the Dalmatian would quickly learn that chewing shoes is not ok and instead he should be playing with his own toys.
So to answer the question, you should start basic obedience training right away by encouraging good behavior and correcting bad behavior before it forms into habits which can be a pain to get rid of. If you want to start training tricks then start with very basic ones like sit, come and paw. The Dalmatian should be able to start learning these tricks at about 3-4 months of age.
When you go to a pet store you will see all kinds of training equipment and accessories for dogs, but guess what? You don’t need any of those things. Sure some could come in handy here and there, but they are not necessities that you must own if you ever hope to train your dog. Some of the tools I would even advise you to stay away, like choke collars for example.
The only “tool” that you need to successfully train a Dalmatian is positive reinforcement. These dogs love to make their owners happy but often times they don’t know how. If you show them what you want them to do and then reward that behavior either with some praise or a treat, the dog will quickly understand what he is doing right and how to make you happy.
Training your Dalmatian to follow you on a leash instead of pulling you in all directions, teaching him not to jump on people and anything else that has to do with behavior and following rules is called obedience training. It’s basically training your Dalmatian to follow the necessary rules so they can live among their human family without problems.
When you are training your Dalmatian to obey your house rules, you have to keep in mind that dogs will be dogs and it’s natural for them to chew, dig, bark and bite. So your goal is not to end this type of behavior but to control it. Chewing and barking are two of the best ways for Dalmatians to relives their stress and denying them that is just cruel.
Your Dalmatian needs to chew, but he doesn’t need to chew on your clothes and shoes. Instead encourage him to chew on his toys, bones or chewable. This way the dog still gets to chew, and you don’t have to worry about him destroying half your house. Same goes for barking and digging, control those actions. Don’t try to stop them completely, but teach them when and where it’s appropriate to behave that way.
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