Do different dog breeds have different training needs? Should you find a dog training class for dogs that are the same breed as yours?

As highly qualified dog trainers, the answer to these questions are actually pretty simple.

The Answer

Regardless of breed, each individual dog is different and has their own unique personality.  However, all dogs can be trained using the same principles of positive reinforcement.

Different dog breeds may value different training rewards and have different needs, but even what type of mammal they are has little impact on their ability to learn new behaviours. Positive reinforcement training  is not only used for all dog breeds but also at zoos, and with many different species across the world.

Do Different Dog Breeds Have Different Training Needs?

But What About Breed-Specific Dog Training Classes?

We believe that breed-specific classes are missing out on one of the key benefits that group dog training classes offer and that is the opportunity for your dog to socialise with other dogs of different shapes, sizes, and colours.

Socialisation means getting your dog used to behaving well in different environments and when they are around other people or animals.  Giving your dog the opportunity to interact positively with different kinds of dogs will help your dog develop good manners.  It will also build their confidence. This level of socialisation in a safe, controlled and positive environment is very important to your dog’s development and well-being.

If your dog only interacts with dogs from the same breed, they may not cope well when they come across other kinds of dogs.

A good dog trainer will be experienced with many different breeds and personalities of dogs. This is why its important to go to a dog training school that keeps their classes small and flexible so that they can adjust their training and coaching to suit the individual needs of your dog.

Positive Reinforcement Training Techniques

Reward-based training is the most effective way of training dogs and addressing unwanted behaviours.  Rewards can include treats, chew toys, praise and other kinds of rewards like games, balls, walks or even car rides.

Using these techniques, your dog will quickly learn that good things happen when they do something good. Which will motivate them to be good!

Focus on What Your Dog Loves

When deciding on your dog’s training needs, don’t focus just on their breed.  Focus on discovering what your individual dog truly loves and how your dog loves to learn and communicate with you.

At Fur Get Me Not we keep all our classes small. We get to know your individual dogs training needs and can provide individual coaching. Check out the dog training classes offered by Fur Get Me Not by clicking here.