You’re convinced on getting a Boston Terrier, or you’re proud, Boston puppy owner. This makes teaching and training your pooch a great next step, which brings the question:
What should I know about training a Boston Terrier? Although they can be stubborn at times, Boston Terriers are easy to train. Since they are sensitive to punishment, reward-based training method works best for them.
Continue reading for good training basics, the dos and don’ts, and helpful tips during training sessions with your Boston.
Are Boston Terriers easy to train?
Yes, according to AKC, this breed is easy to train. Regardless of them being stubborn at times, they are always eager to please their owners.
The first step towards training, which is usually skipped, is to understand your dog breed’s temperament. This is the foundation for successful training. And during the training sessions, you will start discovering your pup’s own personality too!
Here are some characteristics about Boston Terriers:
Personally, I prefer positive reinforcement training. Reward-based training is not only more successful than other training methods but also means you and your dog can work towards a positive relationship that will serve as a good foundation for future training.
So, I definitely think that it’s the best method to train Bostons Terriers.
The main reason is that Bostons are sensitive to your tone of voice, which means that negative reinforcement won’t get you the results you want. Using a harsh tone and punishment can make them shut down.
As a result, Boston Terrier training should be low-key, positive and motivational. That’s why positive reinforcement works great, especially when combined with food rewards (Bostons are food motivated doggies) and continuous praise.
This method consists of rewarding your dog’s good behaviour immediately after it happens with praise, a caress or a healthy treat. The big takeaway of this method is that it encourages your dog to repeat good behaviour.
Reward-based training also involves generally ignoring any ‘unwanted’ behaviours. If dogs are not rewarded (i.e. receives no attention or treats) for a certain behaviour, then they tend to stop doing it.
Insider Tip: Dogs interpret any attention (eye-contact, yelling or getting angry) as a reinforcement of behaviour. They will perceive a reaction from you as getting attention, and any form of attention/reaction from the owner is better than no reaction at all.
That’s why I want to point out that shouting “no!” or “bad dog!” rarely works in the long term. Dogs won’t understand that they are doing something wrong if they get attention from you.
Also, Bostons can be stubborn at times, so persistence and consistency are key during training. All dogs thrive on following a routine that stays consistent.
Finally, training should be fun!
Training and socialization are among the dog care pillars for a healthy and happy dog. That’s why it’s important to start training your Boston as soon as possible, regardless of him being a puppy or an adult dog.
So where do you start?
Housebreaking (or house-training) your dog is the first step of your Boston’s training. It will lay the foundation and also prepare your dog for a lifetime of good behaviour.
It consists of:
At first, dog training can be pretty overwhelming, especially if this is your first dog.
The best help is to just take it one step at the time:
You can start with 5-10 minute training sessions at a time, and build into a 15-minute training routine.
There are two questions that you want to answer before starting to train your Boston:
Before starting to train your pooch, find out if he has received previous training (this mostly applies for rescue dogs).
You might discover your dog can already follow basic commands or you have been informed that your new dog is fully house-trained. However, it is often worth refreshing their memory, especially since they need to get used to their new home.
Training an adult dog will take a little longer, but dogs are more than capable of learning new commands and tricks. 🙂
But before getting started, have you paid attention to what surrounds you while you attempt to train your pooch?
Parks and busy neighbourhoods are too distracting. Plus, Bostons have a very high wanderlust potential, so enclosed spaces are best to train them when getting started.
This means a boring, non-distracting environment makes for a great training space.
An empty room is ideal, but if we are being realistic, it’s unlikely you’ll have an empty room in your home. So instead, a room with no toys, attractive objects for your dog or other people will do.
Your goal is to grab your furry friend’s attention easily.
However, don’t forget having some treats at hand to reward the progress your Boston Terrier makes. Positive-reward based training encourages good behaviour!
Also, it’s important to:
Continue reading to find out about these three key points!
Every Boston Terrier has his learning rhythm, but all need consistency in their training. Dog training isn’t an overnight process, and sometimes you might feel that you aren’t making much progress. But don’t get discouraged.
Being consistent is one of the most important parts of dog training. Your Boston will learn to follow commands more quickly if you train him and positively reinforce appropriate behaviour consistently, rather than once in a while.
Training is an important task of your dog’s schedule, alongside mealtimes, exercise (walks), playtime, grooming and sleep. Dogs thrive on routine. Once you establish a daily routine, remain consistent on both weekdays and weekends as much as possible. This will help your dog know what to expect and when.
Also, it’s beneficial for housetraining since your dog will begin to learn the exact times he can go outside. For instance, after every meal, he goes for a potty walk to relieve himself.
There are some props that will help you and your Boston Terrier when you begin house-training your pooch, such as:
*Note: you can find all these props in Amazon.
After talking about reward-based training and how to implement it in an enjoyable way…
You are probably facing the 3 most common challenges with your Boston Terrier:
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