High Strung Dogs
These are high strung dogs or dogs with very outgoing personalities. Remember that it really doesn't matter of the size of the dog either. They could range in every size and color from a small Jack Russell to a large Yellow Lab. With a dog that is high strung, most of the challenges you are going to have in training are going to take place in the beginning of training. So the initial training is going to require a large amount of patience. But these dogs are also going to require a good amount of exercise too. And the exercise you give them will help them blow off some energy.
What you’re going to find is that since these dogs have such a high drive and such an upbeat personality, when you go to train them, you’re going to want to be just the opposite. You’re going to do things that involve a lot of control, because your dog is probably not going to want to stay in one place. The example that I like to use is almost like an anchor on a boat and you being the anchor. If the current is strong, but the anchor is heavy enough, the boat isn’t going anywhere. There are a few things that you want to avoid with high srung dogs, and that is anything that will increase his excitement or get him any more animated than he already is. What you are going to find is that quite often, even introducing food or treats to high strung dogs can increase their attitude and personality. That is probably one of the biggest differences between my technique and other positive training methods.
So instead of using treats, the types of rewards that I recommend using with these types of dogs are tactile rewards which involve petting your dog and using yourself as a reward. You will also find that your voice is also an important key. If you have a lot of excitement in your voice, it senses to reason that the sound will probably get your dog more excited too. Just like being an anchor, you always want to think about being calm and in control. You will find that by using tactile rewards such as petting and stoking can actually calm your dog down too, and it is essential that you are very direct with these types of dogs.
Remember that with the right training these types dogs of dogs will calm down. Once they calm down enough to where introducing treats does not excite them and get them out of control, you can then start using treats to train them.