The bobtail, also called old English Shepherd is a dog of charming appearance, whose messy fur and docile personality make him a loyal and friendly, loving children and loving companion with the family.
Training is crucial to ensure harmonious coexistence with any dog, not only the bobtail. Although it is a cheerful and playful breed, this does not mean that teach them the rules is difficult, because in the past these dogs were trained to be Sheepdogs. Keep reading this article of ExpertoAnimal and discover what are the keys to train a bobtail.
At the time of training the bobtail, should be clear in the rules from the beginning. To be as loving and playful, it is normal to want to be all the time with humans, even in situations that are not you welcome, like being on the bed or furniture.
To avoid undesired attitudes, from the first day that the bobtail comes home it is essential to be firm about what are the spaces that can be accessed and which are not. The loud scolding and violence are not necessary, simply remove the animal where it should not be, or let you know you do not like what it does with a firm “No!”. If you opt for the punishment must bear in mind that the result will be a dog fearful, insecure and, even, aggressive. Ideally, always, is to make use of positive reinforcement animal closely education with pleasant stimuli, and not otherwise.
The rules should be applied for you and all the members of the family, since otherwise only they confounded the dog and rooted in the behaviors that are not welcome.
The old English shepherds love exercise and have lots of energy, but also are quickly distracted if activities bored them. For this reason, it is better prepare a short duration exercise routine each, about 10-15 minutes approximately, which prompted the commands that must accompany each action clearly.
Before delve into the training of the bobtail, however, it is advisable to socialize him properly. Although it is a sociable and affectionate dog, you must make to interact with people and other animals from puppy that you learn to interact properly with all of them. Also, don’t forget to teach you, too, where you must make your needs. Remember that the bobtail cannot start their first outings until you have all implemented mandatory immunizations. From 6 months of age, already you can start working the various commands with it.
For the bobtail follow orders is very simple, so basic commands such as “sit”, “still”, and “see” you will learn them very fast. It accompanies the order of action you want to perform guiding it gently with your hands if necessary. Will take it several days to learn an order, and when you’ve done it can pass to another, without forgetting the reinforcement of what has already been learned. Check out our article on the basic commands for dogs and practice them with your bobtail.
It is ideal to develop a routine of exercise 3 to 4 times a week. In each various orders, about 3 learn maximum per day, interspersed with moments of game so the dog does not get bored. Short entertaining sessions will achieve better results than those long and repetitive.
Training is best done at home and not in a park, in the presence of other people and animals will quickly distract the bobtail. Once internalized orders, if you can put them into practice in different spaces to the end of them understand. By other side, exercise and games, outside of the hours of training, it is recommended to carry them out away from home, so the dog breathe fresh air and to have fun exploring new things.
The promenade of the bobtail
Being a large dog, know how to walk correctly with the dog is essential to avoid, when you reach adulthood, problems such as belt pulls. To do this, keep in mind the following recommendations, also applicable to longer adult:
Use the right collar, avoiding those that could jeopardize the health of the animal. In this sense, if your can tend to pull the strap, you choose to harness anti-pulling.
Walk in a relaxed way, without pulling the belt and letting it olisquee and urinate calmly. Whenever you want to turn or change direction, it is preferable to indicate it is the voice, calling him or giving the command “come”.
Uses a belt with certain length to carry it a little loose, providing more freedom to the animal. Expandable straps are not recommended.
Bring prizes to reinforce good behavior and to get rides to be a positive experience for both.