Crate training; not for punishment, but for safety and comfort/relaxation time. Limit the time you crate your Stabyhoun. (No leaving them in for 8 hours while you're working!)
Set your pup up for long-term success!
Train your puppy to live in our human world successfully.
It is our responsibility, and a joy, to have a dog that coexists with us successfully. No one enjoys scolding, frustration and being clueless as to why your dog destroyed the furniture or used the living room as his potty area. Dogs reliably exhibit certain behaviors when they are stressed, they do not do things to "get back at you". No one aims to give up their dog because of behavior problems, but it happens every day.
We are flooded with information in the age of the internet; be wary of what your source of information is! ie: DO NOT BASE YOUR TRAINING ON CESAR MILAN'S METHODS!!! On my links page, you will find many resources that can help you train humanely. On your own, look for terms such as "reward-based training, science-based training, force-free or pain-free training". There are also several books I recommend, including Family Friendly Dog Training by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. and How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin, DVM, MS.
You have three main responsibilities with your dog:
Keep it healthy and safe
Learn how to train, and train your dog with positive reinforcement
Spend time daily training or exercising/playing with your dog and socializing it correctly to experiences it will encounter.
Understand this about Stabyhouns:
Their name means "Stand By Me" - they want to be with YOU!
They do not do well left alone all day
They need moderate exercise/training/play to be well-adjusted
They are excellent at learning and excel at agility, dock diving, nosework, rally obedience, therapy work, and more.
They are sensitive/intelligent dogs that DO NOT respond well to adversive training (leash corrections/shock collars/loud noises).
Why Positive Reinforcement Training?
"The brain under stress does a terrible job at retaining memories, let alone transferring them into long term memory. If nothing else, when forced to comply under stress, the dog’s brain and body either learns how to shut down to further avoid conflict or react negatively out of fear. At the end of the day, when you are the one holding the opposite end of the leash, it will be damaging to the overall relationship between you and your dog." -Laurie Lawless, CPDT-KA
A study conducted at the University of Bristol in the UK and published in the September-October 2008 Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, results suggest dogs trained only with positive reinforcement exhibited fewer problem behaviors. And dogs whose owners used punishment in training were much more likely to show a fear response to other dogs.
Reward-based methods are associated with higher levels of obedience and fewer problematic behaviors; reward-based methods are used for top notch competitive dogs - in fact, competitive dog trainers are the some of the best at understanding how to MOTIVATE their dogs.
Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
in 5 Simple Steps
The goal is to use very small-sized treats (pea sized is good, and you can even use frozen peas if your dog seems to like them) and verbal praise and affection to encourage desired behaviors in your dog.
Come up with short, preferably one-word commands for the behaviors you want to teach your pet. Examples are Come, Sit, Stay, Down, Heel, Off, etc. Make sure all members of your family consistently use exactly the same command for each behavior. Do not repeat commands over and over. Verbal cues come last in training sequence.
As soon as your dog performs the desired behavior, mark the behavior with "YES!" or a click, and reward him immediately with a treat and verbal praise. Do this every time he responds appropriately to a command. You want him to connect the behavior he performed with the treat. This of course means you’ll need to have treats on you whenever you give your dog commands in the beginning.
If he doesn't get it right, don't keep repeating a command or scold the dog, just reset and try again. If he's not getting it, drop back a few steps to a behavior he does understand.
Keep training sessions short and fun. You want your dog to associate good things with obeying your commands. You also want to use training time as an opportunity to deepen your bond with your pet.
Gradually back off the treats and use them only intermittently once your dog has learned a new behavior. Eventually they’ll no longer be necessary, but you should always reward your dog with verbal praise whenever he obeys a command.
Continue to use positive reinforcement to maintain the behaviors you desire. Reward-based training helps create a range of desirable behaviors in your pet, which builds mutual feelings of trust and confidence.
Training Your Stabyhoun
Nosework ; Stabyhouns, like many dogs, love nosework! This is a fun game you can play anytime at home!
How Dogs Learn ; are you unknowingly rewarding bad behaviors?
CHEAP, HEALTHY, DOG-YUMMY TRAINING TREATS "Tuna or Salmon Fudge"
2 6-oz cans undrained tuna or 1 15-oz can undrained salmon (look for salmon that is deboned)
1 ½ cups flour
Mix all ingredients together and press into a greased 9” x13” pan (mixture will be stiff). Bake at 350º for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into narrow strips, then dice strips into small cubes. Refrigerate or freeze.
Conditioned Emotional Response and Counterconditioning ; understanding these concepts is one of the best things you can understand in order to help your dog be successful in our world.