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Training Tips

The Spinone is ‘naturally sociable, docile and patient’.  This is from the ENCI standard.  As far as hunting dogs go, the Spinone is a softer breed. In general, they respond best to patience and positive reinforcement used in training methods. There are usually a variety of ways to resolve issues. Below are suggestions on resolving different issues, but they are not necessarily the only way. Some dogs will respond well to them and others will need a different approach.

Training FAQs

Socialize, socialize, socialize.

Look for opportunities for positive exposure to basically everything.

In working with meeting strangers, let your Spinone be in the same area as the stranger, but do not force a meeting. Request the stranger not look your dog in the eye, and to ignore your dog. This will remove a threat your dog might be feeling.  Not being forced and given their own time, most Spinoni will slowly warm up to the stranger even to the point of going up and at least sniffing them. Have the stranger continue to ignore if your dog is very cautious in their approach. Give it time and use patience. 

Puppies need to learn that you can and you will come back.  More and more people are working out of their homes which seems to be a big plus when getting a puppy since someone is home 24/7.  A pup needs to learn that you can leave and the world will not end. Most puppies do not have a person with them 24/7 when they are with their breeder, so it is a good time to continue that when your pup is brought home.  From the begnning, leave your pup in it's area, possibly with food or a chew toy, and leave out of their view and if possible, out of hearing. When you come back, go about your business. Do not act excited with the puppy. It is important when you come and when you go that you do not make a fuss. Build up the amount of time you are away.  Another very important thing to do before you leave your puppy/dog for any length of time is to be sure they have received plenty of exercise. This will help them sleep while you are away.

As much as possible, keep items out of the dog’s reach. Keep in mind that your dog can't tell the difference between a $200 pair of shoes and a worthless old rag.

Provide your dog with plenty of items they can chew on. When you catch your dog chewing on something they should not be, trade the item with one of their chew toys. When they take their toy, praise them.

When you are not home, keep the dog confined to a safe area so they cannot get into trouble while you are away.  

Most importantly, make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise. They will chew on things out of boredom. Exercise can help.

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