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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.

Summary

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.


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    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks for your review and comment,,, puppies,, just like people,,

    • sampupmoores profile image

      sampupmoores 

      9 years ago

      Great to see someone who knows all dogs are different! Breath of fresh air!

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks,, our very own puppy, a chihuahua/doxen cross.. (either a dohuahua or a chiwiener, take your pick),, the training regimen has really worked for all our puppies.

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      cjcarter 

      9 years ago

      Love the photo you used! Adorable!

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks rooskaya,, hope it helps at some point...

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      Rooskaya 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your useful tips. I don't have any knowledge about puppy training. I'll certainly note down your handy tips. Thanks. Voted up.

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks everyone for the comments

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      Brian L. Powell 

      9 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      This is a good choice for a hub subject. It should do well over time.

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      Inquilab 

      9 years ago

      Good hub.. Thanks for this information..

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks Jesse,, keep hubbin' :)

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      Jesse Horine 

      9 years ago from Fort Mill, South Carolina

      good job man, good luck with your dogs!

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      gracenotes,, on huskies, we had one who tunneled, leaped over high fences, and otherwise managed to sneak away,, she would come back with neighbors' guinea pigs and rabbits - quite the hunter,, we had to kennel her eventually..

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    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks gracenotes!

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      gracenotes 

      9 years ago from North Texas

      Thanks for writing this. I have rescued two adult dogs, but raised one puppy (my toy poodle), and I'm not sure I'd raise a puppy again.

      Your little Chihuahua pup is adorable.

      Oh, I've heard about the legendary ways of the Siberian Husky. Hee hee. My mom had what looked like an abused Chow/Husky mix about 2 years old show up at her country home one day. She ended up having a permanent home with my parents (can you imagine what this mix is like?) :-) But she was an outside dog for a long time, having free run of the place, and coming and going as she pleased -- probably perfect for her. Only in recent years did she start coming in the house more and more.... especially during hot weather. She never required house training, and never had an accident. Sunnie is elderly now, and pretty docile with the expected arthritis, etc.

      Welcome to HubPages! I look forward to following your work.

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thank you so much,,, i love your hubs...

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      xXSweetiXx 

      9 years ago from The Pacific Northwest

      So very true! All dogs like people, are unique to themselves and carry their own traits. Each one different from the last. Socializing a puppy between the ages of 8 to 16 weeks can make the difference between a well rounded, obedient dog and an anti social, aggressive dog. Nice information, I am so glad to be following you!

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks tsadjatko -- i'll take you up on the tests idea,,,,

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      The Logician 

      9 years ago from now on

      Great info - you might google puppy tests - it would be a good addition to your hub. There are several ways to test puppy temperaments 9you can download instrutions on how to test them) so you can match them with potential owners. Especially good to do with Siberians (which I own and write about) to identify alpha characteristics.

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks so much,,, and i know the perfect way(s) to fix puppy paws now!!! God Speed!!!

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      Multiman 

      9 years ago

      Good article I voted it up. Good sound advice about the temperment of a dog needing to be taken into consideration by the one wanting to train them.

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      earnestshub 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Nice work my friend. I can see you are a dog lover and have some very good advice here.

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR

      lundmusik 

      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      Thanks Sally!

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      Sally Brown 

      9 years ago

      I like your site. Keep with it even though it is tough at first. My site http://www.speakingoflove.net is just a little over a year old and finally doing pretty well. We can support each other. I found your blog from LinkedIn. Sally

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