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Are Airedale Terriers easy to train?

The biggest challenges when training Airedales are related to the breed's strength and energy level, his tendency to be strong-willed, his potential aggression toward other dogs of the same sex, and his hunting instincts, which make him a threat to smaller animals.

So when you ask, "How easy is it – training an Airedale Terrier?" my answer is, "Usually it's a bit of a challenge, but it depends on whether you're providing sufficient companionship and exercise to keep the dog satisfied. It also depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."

That's where I come in. My dog training articles will help you train your Airedale to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Training – What Works, and What Doesn't
Some dog training methods are based on what makes the owner feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training Airedale Terriers, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then he is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]


Misbehaving dog pulling owner on leash Teach Your Airedale Terrier To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Airedale Terriers. A dog who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he's doing when you tell him "No." Teaching your dog to respect you means interacting with him in specific ways that encourage respect. [read more]


Words and commands to teach your dog Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Airedale Terrier
My method of training Airedale Terriers includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. Teach your dog words and he will understand what you say. Teach those words in the right ways and he will actually DO what you say. [read more]


Dog behavior problems Solving Airedale Terrier Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from doing (a specific bad behavior)?" My answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is.... [read more]


Cute puppy Training Airedale Terrier Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Airedale Terrier puppy training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants you to fit into his life, and that's a recipe for conflict and behavior problems. Whatever your puppy does, you must react properly or he will learn the wrong things. Here's my recommended schedule (what to teach, when to teach it) for training your Airedale Terrier puppy. [read more]


Outhouse Housebreaking Your Airedale Terrier
There are two keys to housebreaking. Just two, but you have to get them both right. And I mean 100% right, not 50% right. Otherwise you're going to end up with a dog who is 50% potty trained, and who wants that? So here they are – your two keys to housebreaking.... [read more]


Young man holding his dog Socializing Your Airedale Terrier
Socializing means training your Airedale Terrier to get along politely with strangers and other animals. [read more]



Here are my dog training tips for training Airedale puppies and adult dogs:

Keep your Airedale securely fenced. Many Airedales are athletic climbers/jumpers and will sail right over a 4- or 5-foot fence. Other Airedales will dig under. Training isn't the solution to confining an escape artist. Instead, you need to provide enough exercise to keep your Airedale satisfied, plus an ultra-secure fence to keep him safely contained.

Teach your Airedale Terrier that he cannot chase your cat or small dog. Hunting terriers like Airedales have powerful chasing (and grabbing) instincts, and these must be quashed right from the beginning if you want to keep smaller pets safe. In fact, when you have small pets, I recommend not allowing your Airedale puppy to chase ANY living creature (squirrels, rabbits, birds).

Teach your Airedale Terrier to respect you. Respect Training is the key to training your Airedale to be well-behaved.

Teach the right words to your Airedale. My method of training Airedales includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. "Give", "Drop it", and "Leave it" are important words to teach your Airedale. This breed is constantly picking things up, carrying things around, swallowing things, etc. You need to be able to get your Airedale Terrier to quickly drop an object or give it to you, or not pick it up in the first place.

Stop searching for dog training tips for each behavior problem. There are no little tricks that stop individual behavior problems. You stop most behavior problems by providing your dog with more exercise and interesting activities, providing more hours of companionship, and establishing the right relationship of respect between you and your dog.

Start training your Airedale puppy the moment you bring him home. But you need to teach the right things in the right ways. Read more about training Airedale puppies.

Teach your Airedale Terrier to play fetch. It's an easy way to exercise your dog! Airedales were developed to be working dogs, not pets to hang around the house or stick out in the yard. Your Airedale Terrier puppy comes hardwired with genes for high energy, which needs to be vented through exercise and active play sessions – like fetch games. I show you how to teach these games in my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

Start housebreaking right away. Airedales are usually easy to housebreak, but you need to do it right. Read more about housebreaking Airedales.

Socialize your Airedale Terrier with strangers and other dogs. Some Airedales love everyone and need to be taught to control their over-enthusiasm at greeting people. Other Airedales have protective instincts toward strangers, which means they need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone really does act abnormally. Without careful socialization, Airedales may be suspicious of everyone, which could lead to an innocent person getting bitten, or to paranoid fearfulness.

Another concern in the breed is potential animal aggression. Most Airedales are fine with other dogs in their own family. But they can be aggressive toward dogs they don't know, especially dogs of the same sex. Read more about why your dog acts the way he does toward strangers and other animals.

To help you train and care for your dog

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