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High Strung Dogs

These are high strung dogs or dogs with very outgoing personalities, and these will be your orange and red dogs. Remember that it really doesn't matter the size of the dog either. Red and orange dogs can range in every size and color from a small Jack Russell to a large Yellow Lab. With a dog that is high strung, many of the challenges you're going to face in training are going to take place in the beginning of the training of the dog. 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 of that energy. With "warmer colored" dogs, the closer your dog is to the center of the spectrum, the easier he is to train. You can see that the orange dog is closer to the center of the spectrum, and the red dog is farther away.

What you’re going to find is that since these "warmer colored" 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 which means you’re going to do things that involve a lot of control. The reason for this is 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 "warmer colored" 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.

If this does happen, instead of using treats, the types of rewards that I recommend using with these types of dogs are tactile rewards which involves 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 stroking 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, "warmer colored" 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.

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