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Training Maltese – Why It Is Important


 Training Maltese – Why It Is Important

Training Maltese
Dog Training 

For a large amount of people, and most important (and usually, the first) thing to do with any Maltese is to put them through a course of dog obedience.  Training Maltese dogs will teach them how to behave in different circumstances that most dogs certainly encounter throughout their life.  Many trainers however choose to train their dog themselves, either because the course would be too expensive, or because they want a more individualized experience with their dog.

Benefits of Training Maltese

Training Maltese has many benefits for both the dog and the owner.  One of the main traits developed through the process is a concept of leadership.  This is a lesson that is actually learned by the owner- knowing how to exert dominance will let your dog know that you are in charge, and that they must listen to you at all times.  This also leads to a sense of developed respect.

Once this dominance has been established in a loving manner, it is time to start with basic commands.  Maltese training is particularly easy because they pick up well on simple calls such as sit, heel, speak, and stay.  These calls are doubly important since they can be used in real life situations and around the house.  Remember though that repetition is the best teacher.

When these commands are taught, the next step is controlling aggression and signs of over-zealous playfulness.  It is imperative that these traits are treated with love and care, since dogs will often react to aggressive commands with even more aggression.  Biting should be discouraged at a very young age, especially if the dog routinely lives around young children.  Barking is less dangerous, but still a nuisance nonetheless.  Again, this is best discouraged while the dog is young.

Some trainers have found that a good age to begin crate-training the Maltese is after about 21 days.  It is imperative that you avoid using abrasive techniques- always show not only gentleness and love, but also consistency and control.  The technique is very similar to parenting.  You want to be nice and supportive, but don’t be a pushover.  Dogs are smart, and will quickly realize if you aren’t being strict enough.

Challenges of Training Maltese

Training Maltese dogs is also a challenge because many people do not take into consideration the attention span of the dog.  Young puppies naturally have shorter attention spans, Maltese in particular.  This means that any training done at a young age should be simple commands and rules; the basics are a good place to start.  As the dog matures and grows, so does the amount of information that it can process at one time.  When the dog gets older, it is safe to deliver more complex commands and rules.

Daily exercise can also help in the process of training.  A simple jog will keep your training Maltese fit, and it will also help the dog become closer to you.  Spending plenty of time with him or her will help the pup feel comfortable around you, which always helps with giving out commands or directions.  Keeping them well-fed will help boost their mood, thus making them more receptive to you training efforts.  And finally, make sure the training environment is free of excess noise and distractions.  Ensure that you are the focus of their attention.

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