Dalmatian puppies are adorable fur balls of joy most of the time, but sometimes they can be quite the troublemakers. It’s important that you try and curb that kind of behavior early with the help of puppy training, and don’t wait until the puppy is much older until you do something about their misbehavior.
Obedience Training Tips
As a puppy, your Dalmatian will have no real “habits” until he is much older. Catching bad behavior early on and correcting it is the best way to prevent it from forming into habits which are much harder to get rid of.
I always recommend Dalmatian owners to set the house rules from day one, and STICK to them. If you catch your dog misbehaving, get his attention and redirect it to something he is allowed to do instead. This is exactly how basic obedience training works, so use it!
For example, if the puppy bites you during a playtime thinking there is nothing wrong with doing so, redirect that biting to a chew toy that they should be chewing instead. Dalmatian puppies don’t understand which behavior is acceptable and which is bad. It’s your job to show them.
Training New Tricks
Dalmatian puppies are really quick learners – that is if you know how what you are doing. They are good at figuring out what you are all about, and if they think you are not ready to fill the role of a trainer then you will have little to no luck.
The same goes the other way too. If the pup senses that you act like you know what you are doing and are confident, they will give you their full attention. Dalmatians need a strong and confident “pack leader” and if they don’t sense one present, they just might take on that role themselves.
Socializing is an important part of Dalmatian puppy development. It helps them overcome certain fears and anxiety of strangers and it also teaches them how to behave around people. Socialization is what separates wild animals from domesticated pets.
While your Dalmatian puppy is still young, you should take him outside to meet new people. You want to train the puppy to stay calm and friendly when there are strangers around. Don’t let him dash at people, because even though it might seem cute while he is a puppy, once he gets older he will unintentionally scare people by jumping and dashing towards them.