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Dear Daniel and Secrets to Dog Training Team
I have a four month Dalmatian and I only just learnt that this breed needs extra special techniques. Kindly forward me with some info.
Thanks for your email regarding your Dalmatian puppy. Aren't they gorgeous dogs! I can tell you a few things about the breed that will hopefully help you with your puppy's training.
Firstly, you may have noticed already that Dalmatians have boundless energy! They were working dogs originally, and therefore have excellent stamina. This means of course that they require a large amount of exercise! A couple of long walks a day, plus some playtime in between should help use up some of their excess energy.
This particular breed requires lots of human company. They do not do well on their own, and if left all day by themselves they can become depressed. Therefore they are more suited to a family where someone is always home, or able to take the dog with them during the day.
These dogs, as with all dogs, require early socialization to prevent aggressive behavior towards other dogs. Male Dalmatians can have a tendency to be aggressive to other male dogs, though in general they are pretty good with other animals. So, it is very important to organize lots of play dates with other dogs. It is also a good idea to have puppy's de-sexed.
Dalmatians are capable of learning many tricks and commands. However, they can be willful and therefore require a firm, experienced trainer. They should be taught thoroughly in obedience, and you should make sure that you are familiar with, and consistently using the Alpha techniques so that your pup knows that you are ranked highest in the hierarchy, and therefore your commands should be obeyed.
Techniques to reinforce your status as alpha dog
If you come across your dog while he is sleeping or lying on the floor then you can reinforce your position as alpha dog by making him move so that you can pass by.
Generally I do not recommend people give their dogs bones as this encourages aggression , because in the wild the alpha dog would be the only one to have the privilege of chewing the bones.
Make sure that you always go through doorways first . A good method to reinforce your position as alpha dog is to walk your dog around the house on the leash, making your dog wait while you walk through doorways first.
At mealtimes make sure that your dog or dogs eat after all of the humans have.
Do not feed your dog tidbits or let it pester you at the table. Save the morsels and tidbits for training sessions instead.
Do not greet your dog straightaway when you arrive home. Make it wait until you are ready and then call it to you.
When your dog wants to go outside for a walk, make it sit and wait until you are ready to go. Note that this technique doesn't apply when house breaking.
When you give a command make sure that you are in a position to enforce the action that you require from your dog, especially in the initial stages of Alpha Dog training. Also, use the Alarm-No-Command technique as described in the Alpha Dog bonus book to reprimand your dog if it does not obey your command.
Physical correction is not recommended.
Do not inadvertently reinforce poor behavior from your dog. You must be consistent in your attitude to your dog. For example, if your dog is allowed to jump on you when you are playing with it but is not allowed to jump up at any other time then how is it meant to know the difference?
It is vitally important that your dog has good all-round obedience skills. Regular training sessions are key to improving your dog's obedience responses and keeping it used to answering your commands. Concentrate on the sit and stay, down and stay, heel and wait commands. We generally recommend that you spend at least 10 - 20 minutes per day on going over the various commands. However if your puppy is not entirely familiar with the commands, you may want to spend longer, though preferably in 3 10 minute sessions as opposed to one 30 minute session.
Good luck with your new puppy Brigitte.
Best of luck and kind regards,
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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