“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make
our lives whole.” ― Roger A. Caras
Training is an important part of any dog's life for several reasons. It provides mental stimulation which helps to keep your dog happy and makes them feel like they have a “job.” It also strengthens the bond and communication skills between you and your Dalmatian. Training is known to decrease/eliminate several behavior issues so that why it is good to start training your pup at such a young age. Doing so will create less work for you in the long run. One of the most important reasons to train your Dalmatian is because it enhances their overall safety and can potentially save their life in certain circumstances.
It is highly recommended booking your Dalmatian puppy into classes to give them a foundation and time to socialize with other dogs and people. Puppies have a critical socialization period from about 3-17 weeks of age. This is the time when they need to socialize with other dogs in order to learn social cues and how to communicate well with other dogs. For dogs that are no longer in the puppy stage, training classes are offered in most areas.
One of the most effective training strategies when it comes to Dalmatians is reward-based training or positive reinforcement training. This style of
training also works with deaf Dalmatians. It is enjoyable for the dog and positively enhances the relationship between the dog and handler. Rewards may be in the form of a tasty food treat or verbal praise such as “good dog!” Reward-based training also involves generally ignoring unwanted behaviors. If dogs are not rewarded for a certain behavior then they tend to stop doing it. Sometimes if owners react to 'unwanted' behavior by yelling or getting angry they may inadvertently reinforce the behavior. For some dogs, any form of attention/reaction from the owner is better than no reaction at all. Aversion therapy or physical punishment must not be used in training programs. Punishing a dog for 'unwanted' behavior can actually exacerbate the problem.
When Training a Deaf Dalmatian being able to get their attention is important. You can get their attention with either a wave in front of their face, thumping your fist on the floor to create a vibration, or by touching them gently. Collars that produce a light vibration can also be used. Since your dog cannot hear teaching them a signal that means they did something good is crucial. Many trainers will use thumbs up to signal this. You can condition your dog to this by giving the signal and rewarding with a treat. Soon your dog will understand that thumbs up means treat! Deaf dogs can be trained using the same luring and hand signals that dogs with the ability to hear use. Eventually you can begin to rely on hand signals alone. Have fun and be creative! You can use American Sign Language to teach your dog all kinds of words and tricks!
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