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Dog training - this is what matters

Eine Frau ist mit ihrem Hund an der Leine spazieren.

In this guest article, dog trainer Philipp Kittler from the Kastens dog school explains what is important when training dogs.

What is dog education and why is it important?

Dog education is a fundamental and crucial element in creating a harmonious relationship between humans and dogs. The overall goal should be to have a well-behaved and happy dog and a satisfied owner. This is not just about teaching basic commands, but also about practising essential rules of behaviour that create the basis for coexistence between humans and dogs.

Ideally, dog training begins in puppyhood. Here the Socialisation play a prominent role. Becoming familiarised with the living environment enables the dog to move safely and confidently in different social situations. At the same time, Habituation, i.e. adaptation to the inanimate environment, is of great importance. The dog learns to recognise different noises, objects, surfaces and environments. These aspects are very important and should be trained as often as possible. Unfortunately, neglecting these aspects often leads to more specific problems later on or Behaviours.

In addition to these basics, aspects such as housebreaking, obedience training and leash training are essential. Obedience training includes commands such as sit, down, stay and come. They are of central importance to facilitate communication between dog and owner, ensure safety and harmonious coexistence.

Consistent training, the right intensity, patience and the right timing on the part of the owner when it comes to reward or discipline are crucial. In my opinion, it is important to emphasise that dog training should not be based exclusively on positive methods. Although rewards and reinforcement are important tools, positive or negative sanctions also play a role in setting clear boundaries. It is crucial to emphasise that this should never involve physical force, such as hitting or kicking. A consistent and patient approach to training is crucial for the development of a strong bond between dog and owner.

How can a dog school support dog training?

During puppyhood and young doghood, it is recommended to visit dog training schools. These schools not only offer a structured environment for learning commands, but also provide important support in the socialisation and habituation of the dog.

In addition to classic dog training, we are increasingly seeing more specific problems or behaviours in our dog school. In these cases, it is advisable to seek professional help from experienced dog trainers. They can respond specifically to individual challenges and offer practical solutions.

Which dog breeds are especially easy or difficult to train?

In my opinion, there are no specific dog breeds that are particularly easy to train. Every dog is an individual with e.g. genetically anchored behaviour, its own character traits, temperament and learning abilities. Even dogs of the same breed can show considerable differences in their behaviour and willingness to cooperate. For example, the speed of learning often depends on factors such as motivation, attention span and individual learning style.

In addition to the dog, the experience and approach of the owner is just as important. If you look after your dog consistently and lovingly, you have a significant influence on its behaviour, training progress and success. Every dog has the potential to learn and develop if it is treated with respect, understanding and positive guidance - regardless of the dog's breed.

However, here are a few examples of breeds that I have found to be easier to train so far: Golden Retriever, Havanese or Labrador Retriever. Dogs that require more intensive training: Weimaraner, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Welsh Terrier or even the Dachshund.

About Philipp Kittler:

Philipp Kittler has been involved with dogs since he was a child. He has been working as a dog trainer for several years at the Hundeschule Kastens and is able to help numerous owners with their dogs.

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