When 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
There 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.