Affenpinscher Training and Puppy Training, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Are Affenpinschers easy to train?
No, they're challenging to train. The biggest challenges are housebreaking, barking, pulling every which way on the leash, and acting with excitable aggression toward other dogs.
So when you ask, "How easy is it – training an Affenpinscher?" my answer is, "Usually it's somewhat difficult, but it 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 Affenpinscher 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 Affenpinschers, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then he is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]
These Dog Training Videos Turned Buddy Into a Good Dog
Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action. I recommend these dog training videos, which are based on respect and leadership. [read more]
Teach Your Affenpinscher To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Affenpinschers. 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]
You Need Dog Training Help.... But From Where? Private Lessons? Public Classes? Dog Training Books? Dog Training Videos?
So your puppy needs training.... or your adult dog needs training.... and you're looking for some help. Should you hire a professional trainer to come to your house? send your dog away to be trained? sign up for a group obedience class? read a book? watch a few videos? Here's my advice on where to get dog training help when you really need it. [read more]
Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Affenpinscher
My method of training Affenpinschers 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 Affenpinscher 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]
Training Affenpinscher Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Affenpinscher 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 Affenpinscher puppy. [read more]
Housebreaking Your Affenpinscher
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]
Here are my dog training tips for training Affenpinscher puppies and adult dogs:
Keep your Affenpinscher on-leash. This breed has a terrier heritage and can be excitable. He will chase anything that runs. You don't want him to end up under the wheels of a car.
Teach your Affenpinscher to respect you. Respect Training is the key to training your Affenpinscher to be well-behaved.
Teach the right words to your Affenpinscher. My method of training Affenpinschers 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. You will need to work especially hard on "Come" (because Affenpinschers are independent chasers and will take off on you) and "Quiet" (because Affenpinschers can be hyper-alert and thus noisy).
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 Affenpinscher puppy the moment you bring him home. But you need to teach the right things in the right ways. Read more about training Affenpinscher puppies.
Start housebreaking right away. But expect it to take many months before your Affenpinscher's miniaturized internal organs are strong enough for reliable control. Until potty training is complete, your Affenpinscher must not be loosed in the house. It is so easy for him to sneak behind a chair or under a small table, and it takes only a few seconds for the deed to be done. The results can be hard to see and when you don't see it, you don't correct it – and so the bad habit becomes established.
If you live in a cold or rainy climate, housebreaking will be especially difficult, because Affenpinschers hate both the cold and the rain. A COVERED potty area is strongly recommended. Sometimes a doggy door is necessary so your Affenpinscher can run outside the moment he feels the urge. Read more about housebreaking Affenpinschers.
Socialize your Affenpinscher puppy with strangers and other dogs. Affenpinschers can be standoffish, so if you don't teach them early on to be friendly and trusting toward people they don't know, their natural caution can become skittishness or suspiciousness.
You also need to teach your Affenpinscher to be accepting of other dogs. Many Affenpinschers will put on a display of excited ferociousness ("pitching a fit") when they see a strange dog, especially a large one. It sounds funny, but if you don't curtail it firmly, your Affenpinscher may end up truly aggressive, which can end up with him being killed by a larger dog. 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
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.