Dalmatian Obedience Training Tips

Dalmatian Obedience TrainingWhen it comes to obedience training, Dalmatians can be a little bit trickier to train than some of the other dog breeds. Their stubborn personality can quickly discourage some of the more inexperienced owners or force them to give up with training all together – but if you know what you’re doing it’s not that hard at all.

It all comes down to knowing how to be the alpha leader of the pack and how to act in certain situations. If you know how your dog thinks and why he is doing things that he is, you can solve virtually any disobedience problem.

So let’s dive right in and look at some very important tips that you should always be mindful of when training your puppy or older dog.

Obedience Training Tips

Don’t delay obedience training – The sooner you start training the Dalmatian to listen to you, the fewer problems you are going to have down the road. Don’t let bad behavior turn into bad habits.

Always reward good behavior – We all like to be rewarded for doing a good job, and your dog is no exception. Make sure you always reward his good behavior to reinforce the notion that listening to you is more rewarding than misbehaving. There are lots of effective ways to do this, but some praise followed up with a treat will never fail.

Assume the role of the alpha leader – Learn how the dog pack leader behaves. This will set you into the right mindset when training anything to your dog. It’s just the fundamental basics that you need to know for a loyal and obedient Dalmatian.

Don’t get mad when your Dalmatian misbehaves, instead use the moment to your advantage – I’ve witness many dog owners just lose it when their dogs either ignore them or disobey them. Yelling and shouting at your Dalmatian won’t accomplish much. Instead use that moment to correct the dog and show them the right way to do things.

It’s Not Just About Punishment

Obedient DalmatianThere is a difference between correcting bad behavior and punishing your puppy for it. One is a very effective training tool, while the other is a meaningless task that only roughens up the relationship between the owner and his or her dog.

If you guessed that correcting bad behavior is the training tool, then bingo! You got it right. Punishing your dog by yelling, scolding or hitting him is a pointless training tactic for three simple reasons:

  • If you punish your Dalmatian for something he did a while back, chances are he doesn’t even understand why you are punishing him. He will just assume you have some sort of anger problem.
  • You will start losing your dog’s trust and loyalty. If he thinks you can ‘snap’ just like that for no apparent reason, at-least not apparent to him, then he will become more cautious and suspicious of you.
  • Hitting or yelling at the Dalmatian can also make him more frustrated and defensive. A dog that feels the need to defend can be very dangerous. This can quickly lead to aggressive behavior, and that’s the last thing you want.

Correcting bad behavior means catching your Dalmatian in the act and changing the wrong actions. An example of that would be the same one that I used in the housebreaking article. When you see your dog going potty indoors, you first break his attention by saying “No” and then correct his behavior by bringing the Dalmatian outdoors, where he should be going potty.

Notice how simple and easy this is? You first get your dog’s attention with a simple “No”. Then stop bad behavior and show what he should be doing instead. This leaves no room for hitting or shouting. This way both you and your Dalmatian walk off happy without any extra unnecessary stress.

Obedience Training Made Easy

If you want to learn the specific training methods and tactics used to successfully train Dalmatians to drop their old habits and learn new tricks then check out the – Dalmatian Owners Guides.

It’s the only guide that you will ever need for your Dalmatian and it covers everything there is to know about the breed (training, care, obedience, health, exercise, etc.). Learn the real tricks to a happy, healthy and obedient Dalmatian – click here to learn more.

About The Author

Charles Owens is a proud Dalmatian owner, trainer and enthusiast. He has been helping Dalmatian owners for years through his website, discussion forum and personal one on one training sessions.

He has also written a complete guide on what it takes to raise a healthy, happy and obedient Dalmatian.

You can find the complete guide here: The Complete Dalmatian Guide

8 Comments

eddie tierney:

Just acquired two Dalmatian puppies, male and female. I have had other dogs in the past but am worried about getting dogs trained properly. Can you help?

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Charles Owens:

Sure! I’ve already posted a lot of articles on Dalmatian training on this site. You can start off by reading the basics of training a Dalmatian.

If you want a more in-depth guide on training/care/health and everything else you need to know to raise a happy and healthy Dalmatian then I suggest you check out my guide here!

Wish you best of luck!

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McKayla:

I am at my wits end with my 10 month old dalmatian. Her name is Dakota and she is awful. There is no other word for her. I have tried almost everything to try and train her. Right now I have her on an electric collar and this only works when I am right there catching her in the act. Examples of her awful behavior is running as fast as she can up and down the stairs and directly into people knocking them off their feet. I have a two year old and I am getting very nervous about the dog knocking her down the stairs. Also she harasses my older dogs both 13 a lab and a bichon. She is constantly tearing things up and ripping them to shreds she recognizes that this is bad behavior because when I catch her in the act she cowars in a corner. I have horrible anxiety from this dog now and I try really hard. I bring her on a 45 min bike ride everyday hoping it will calm her down but it only makes her more hyper. She will only listen if I’m there with the remote and her electric collar is on. Please help this is my last hope or I’m going to have to give her away. That’s the last thing I want because I know that she will end up in a shelter and prob euthanized for her behavior. I just want to help her and have her be a family member to my family. Thanks

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charlotte:

have you had any luck now? i would give her to the dalmation welfare, I’m sorry to hear your having such a hard time with this particular dog but it sounds like the best option is to give her there, they can really help her and find the right solution. sometimes we just have to do what is needed and its alot for someone to handle with a small child and other animals around if even these methods havent been helping. look up dalmation welfare, they are so wonderful, I’m getting a dalmation from them and it will really help solve alot of the problems. hope you are getting on better and feeling happier with this situation! charlotte.

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doug diehl:

There are better ways to respond to a 10 month old then using an e collar. Elements are:

  • 1. mentally exhaust your dog
  • 2. physically exhaust your dog (running next to a bike is not doing it?
  • 3. teach crate acceptable behavior.
  • 4. kong toy w/ peanut butter for long crate stays (see #1).

Finally.. most dog owners would love another chance at their puppy in terms of teaching it at a young age .. ” I wish I would have done that, or I wish I hadn’t let the dog to that”.. etc. If you have the time, patience, and will, this is the best part.. shaping the dog you want to have later on. Don’t like ecollars but understand. I would give her more crate time and less unsupervised time. Sounds like you should go back using a lead most of time.

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Yoshina Glenn:

In response to exhausting your dalmatian – When is the earliest you can start running them? I heard you had to wait until they were 12 months to avoid joint issues down the line. I have a 12 week old female dalmatian and she has her moments when she has a ton of energy then other moments where she is cuddles on my chest sleeping. I am going back and forth with the idea of sending her off to board/train for 2 weeks. What is your recommendation? To be honest, I haven’t spent the time to sit down and train her myself. Issues with her are: leash training and basic obedience like come and stay. She gets sit but she won’t stay seated for long. She also likes to find objects around the house like shoes or blankets or jackets. But as soon as I make a loud clap or say “No!” she will drop it. Any advice would help!

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Melissa Gannon:

We bought my father in law a Dalmatian puppy which he was not able to handle (kept chewing up fruit trees, digging holes, and tearing up furniture in the house). My brother-in-law took him but the Dal began to pickup all of the bad habits of their 4 other dogs and seemed to have gotten worse. Rather than give him away, my husband and I have decided to take him. We bought a very large kennel for him but he gets terrible kennel anxiety. He has also grown very attached to my husband and I, and has also developed separation anxiety which only worsens the kennel anxiety. What recommendations do you have for us to improve the kennel behavior in our now 7 month old male Dalmatian. We are very attentive with him and never let him out of our sight and he seems to be the perfect dog whenever he is with us, but as soon as we leave, he turns destructive. We are not ready to give up on him, we just need further training guidance. Thank you!

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Margaret A.:

Daisy, our fourth Dalmatian is 9 months old and learning well. However she refuses to walk at “heel” even though, if given the command, she will come to our left side! She walks all over
pulling in every direction and we even, as advised by a behaviorist, added a harness with her collar. Even her vet says she is extremely strong so this is a serious problem. We thank you so we may help our beautiful girl!

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