ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Puppy Training -- Recognize Your Puppy's Temperament and Intelligence

Updated on April 24, 2019

Your Puppy is Unique

Puppy Training -- One Size Does Not Fit All

Those who acquire a puppy should understand that successful training could result from recognition of that puppy's temperament and intelligence.

Temperament - Yours or the Puppy's?

A degree in dog psychology is not required to understand the importance of temperament in puppy training. What is important to know about temperament is the degree to which a puppy's disposition will require patience, consistency and, on occasion, forcefulness from the owner.

The first training objective for a puppy is the establishment of boundaries. All puppies must learn to stay away from forbidden objects and places, and to refrain from physical contact with humans unless invited. At the time of each puppy's infraction a "no" in a soft voice may suffice for a puppy that is fearful or shy, whereas a "no" in a more forceful voice may be required for a puppy that is active or insistent.

No puppy should ever be struck, but firm physical removal from human contact or from a forbidden place or object may also be required for a puppy that is especially active or insistent. Regardless of the strength of the voice or physical correction, a puppy should receive physical and/or voice praise just as soon as the puppy relents from the forbidden action. And, regardless of temperament, any puppy must experience consistent enforcement of required boundaries, and may require numerous repetitions of the correction.

Intelligence -- It isn't Rocket Science

It's a truth that's well known by anyone who has owned multiple dogs -- some are smarter than others. The author of "The Right Dog for You"" says that intelligence can be categorized in three categories:

  • Rate of learning
  • Obedience
  • Problem solving

Siberian Huskies, known for incredible rates of learning and problem solving, often use that high intelligence to figure out how to disobey the rules, whether it be leaping an extra tall fence or sneaking off with a daughter's favorite dolly. Other breeds or individual dogs may exhibit more or less intelligence in these three categories.

Regardless of breed reputation, each puppy will reveal her own special mix of these intelligence attributes. For instance increased patience and repetition in training may be required for a slow learner or for a dog that is stubborn or excessively disobedient.


Puppy training requires consideration of the unique level of temperament and intelligence of each puppy. Such consideration is related to the level of patience, repetition, and assertiveness required by the owner for each puppy.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)