You've got this high-energy, clever, not to mention willful ball of fur… and you want to make sure he knows that he has to behave. Training your Wheaten as a puppy, when he still wants to please, is a lot faster and easier than trying to make up for lost time once he's been enjoying his freedom.
The Wheaten temperament can make them a challenge to train. They're typically smart dogs with their own agendas in life, which seldom includes what you want them to do. If they get away with too much for too long, you'll find yourself with an unruly and difficult adult Wheaten –.not a good companion for any family. If you want your Wheaten to be all he can be, take him to Puppy Kindergarten and/or Basic Obedience classes. You won't be sorry.
These articles are not a substitute for training classes, but they can supplement a good training program.
- Security Hold1
It's a positive, non-violent method to make your puppy understand you're the boss.
- Grooming… Stay Still, I Said!
Training your Wheaten to behave while you're grooming him makes it go more quickly. Your groomer will thank you.
The single most important command your Wheaten needs to learn is Come. It is critical for hissafetyaswell as your own sanity. Away from training class, there are afew things you can do at home.
- Walking on Leash1
Tired of feeling like you've got a sled dog rather than a Wheaten? Try this technique.
- What to look for in a training class
The Wheaten temperament is unique and finding the right trainer and class is important for success.
- Puppy Kindergarten Training Video
This video covers the basics of Puppy Kindergarten, as taught by long-time Wheaten breeders Betsy Geertson and Carol Crouch at Manners 'N More Dog Training School.
- Resources ... Books, DVDs & more
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1Adapted from articles by Carol Crouch previously published in Benchmarks.