By Michele Welton.
Copyright © 2000-2013
Are Schipperkes easy to train?
Well......you might want to leave this page for just a moment to read about my most memorable training experience with a Schipperke.
Are you back? Are you wondering how Taz's training turned out? Not well, I'm afraid. I worked with Taz and his owners for a few weeks, but they were simply overwhelmed by his high energy, dislike of sitting or lying still, and disconcerting habit of spinning in circles whenever they tried to put their hands on him. They wanted more of a cuddly lapdog. And Taz was a Schipperke.
Now, I hope that one anecdote hasn't turned you off all Schipperkes! This bright, perky breed can be a joy in the right hands, but he's a clever little thing with a mind of his own, and therein, you see, can lie the problem. The brightest and most clever breeds are often the most "manipulative", using their wiles to train YOU to fall into patterns of daily life that suit THEM.
For example, your Schip runs into the backyard and refuses to come in when you call him, unless you go get a cookie to lure him back. Repeat this a few times and the pattern is set....for both of you. He has trained you to give him a cookie for poor behavior.
So when you ask, "How easy is it: training Schipperkes?" my answer is, "It's challenging. But it really depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."
Schipperkes are best suited to dog owners who have the training skills to instill the proper patterns of behavior and correct all the bad patterns the moment they occur.
Keep reading my dog training articles (and hopefully buy my book, "Teach Your Dog 100 English Words") and I will help you train your Schipperke 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.
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 Schipperkes, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then HE is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]
Teach Your Schipperke To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Schipperkes. I often get phone calls from distressed owners who are having trouble with their dog. Let's listen in on a phone conversation between myself and a typical dog owner (we'll call her Kathy Armstrong). Kathy: "Michele, my dog Jake is being difficult. I can't make him do anything. He only listens to me when he's in the mood." Me: "I see. Would you say Jake is behaving rudely?" Kathy (surprised): "What do you mean? How can a dog be rude?" [read more]
Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Schipperke
My method of training Schipperkes 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]
Solving Schipperke Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from (doing some specific behavior problem)?" They're hoping I'll tell them where to find a secret button on the back of their dog's head that will trigger a MISBEHAVIOR-OFF switch. :-) Alas, my answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is. Here it is (free of charge!).... [read more]
Training Schipperke Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Schipperke 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 he 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 Schipperke puppy. [read more]
Housebreaking Your Schipperke
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]
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